Behind the scenes of fuss-free valet parking

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By Mary Ackhanian, Staff Reporter and Maria Botros  www.gulfnews,com

Dubai: It is a convenience that saves you many minutes of an agonising search for a parking slot or a long walk to the destination, especially when the weather is not friendly.

At the same time, valet parking an also cause you heartache if you happen to be the unlcucky one whose car has been inadvertently damaged.

In Dubai, valet services are a common facility, offered in hotels, malls, clinics, hospitals and even in individual restaurants. With increasing traffic and a parking space crunch, more people are resorting to valet services.

In most hotels and malls, the price of valet parking can go up to Dh200 per hour with specific amount added to the bill for every additional hour. In other areas of Dubai where the service is offered, such as cafés and restaurants, valet service prices can vary from Dh20-Dh30 per hour.

Dusit Thani, a hotel located on Shaikh Zayed Road, said that their main lobby valet service is offered for Dh30, but the back entrance valet is offered for free.

The main lobby entrance valet service is offered by an outsourced company, known as Secure Parking Co, while the back entrance is managed by hotel staff. More info