UAE feels the heat as parking and Salik cards 'cook' in the sun

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By Bindu Rai  www.emirates247.com

As the mercury continues to soar with each passing week, residents of the UAE are feeling the heat, with some reporting the plastic on their Salik and parking cards melting or fading away in direct sunlight.

An Emirates 24|7 reader sent in an image of his ‘solar cooked’ parking card. (Supplied)
An Emirates 24|7 reader sent in an image of his ‘solar cooked’ parking card. (Supplied)

An Emirates 24|7 reader sent in an image of his ‘solar cooked’ parking card.

Pratap A stated: “This image best exemplifies the intensity of the heat wave prevalent in the region. My ‘solar cooked’ car parking permit was literally charred black by the weather.”

He added: “The best part is, the RTA is technically well-equipped to still verify the authenticity and validity of the card, as I did not receive any parking ticket during the tenure.”

Another resident reported his Salik card, stuck on the windshield is also showing signs of melting around the edges; yet, the card seems to work effectively when it passes through the tollgate, he says.

June 21 marked the summer solstice, with the sun perpendicularly overhead the Tropic of Cancer.

The country is currently witnessing the longest days of the year, with temperatures expected to hover around high 40s, marking the official beginning of the summer season. More info

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