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Dubai: Parking facilities in the UAE are managed by different emirate-based transport authorities and while there are quite a few options for free parking around the UAE, most public places and commercial areas have paid parking.

The charge per hour and methods of payment can also vary from place to place, so here is a breakdown of all you need to know about paying for parking using your mobile.

Dubai

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In Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority has divided the parking zones into eight categories – Zones A to G and a separate category for multi-storey parking.

Parking zones, timings and charges

Zone A

Timing: 8am-10pm

Fares:

  • Half hour - Dh2
  • 1 hour – Dh4
  • 2 hours – Dh8
  • 3 hours – Dh12
  • 4 hours – Dh16

Zone B

Timing: 8am-10pm

Fares:

  • 1 hour – Dh3
  • 2 hours – Dh6
  • 3 hours – Dh9
  • 4 hours – Dh12
  • 5 hours – Dh15
  • 24 hours – Dh20

Zone C

Timing: 8am-10pm

Fares:

  • 1 hour – Dh2
  • 2 hours – Dh5
  • 3 hours – Dh8
  • 4 hours – Dh11

Zone D

Timing: 8am-10pm

Fares:

  • 1 hour – Dh2
  • 2 hours – Dh4
  • 3 hours – Dh5
  • 4 hours – Dh7

Zone E

Timing: 8am-11pm

Fares:

  • 1 hour – Dh4
  • 2 hours – Dh8
  • 3 hours – Dh12
  • 4 hours – Dh16

Zone F

Timing: 8am-6pm

Fares:

  • 1 hour – Dh2
  • 2 hours – Dh5
  • 3 hours – Dh8
  • 4 hours – Dh11

Zone G

Timing: 8am-10pm

Fares:

  • 1 hour – Dh4
  • 2 hours – Dh8
  • 3 hours – Dh12
  • 4 hours – Dh16

Multi-storey

Timing: Open 24 hours

Fare:

  • Dh5 per hour

Do I need to register for mParking in Dubai?

Vehicles with Dubai number plates do not need to register for mParking. However, cars from outside the UAE need to register for mParking facilities by either calling the RTA on 800 9090 or online here.

mParking services are available for number plates from anywhere within the UAE as well as for cars from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.

What do I write in the SMS?

Motorists need to send a text message to 7275 (PARK on the dial pad) with the following message:

Emirate/Country code followed by the plate code <space> plate no. <space> area no. <space> and duration in hours

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These are the emirate and country codes for Dubai mParking:

  • Abu Dhabi Emirate AUH
  • Sharjah Emirate SHJ
  • Ajman Emirate AJM
  • Umm Al Quwain Emirate UAQ
  • Ras Al Khaimah Emirate RAK
  • Fujairah Emirate FUJ
  • Saudi Arabia KSA
  • Kuwait KWT
  • Bahrain BAH
  • Oman OMN

If you have a Dubai number plate, you don’t need to enter the emirate or country code.

So, if you have a Sharjah number plate 9xx2 (take only the plate number and ignore the single digit code number that appears on the left of Sharjah number plates) and you wish to park in the parking area 322C for 2 hours, you need to send the following text message to 7275:

SHJ 9xx2 322C 2

To register for a ticket for half an hour, which is valid for zone A, you can use the following time formats: 1/2, .5, .50, 0.5, 0.50, 30,30min, 30mins, 30minute and 30minutes.

Charges for mParking

Each SMS is charged at 30fils per text message.

How to renew the parking

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20 minutes before your parking ticket is about to expire, you will receive an SMS reminding you that the ticket is about to expire. If you want to extend the parking, you simply need to respond with a ‘Y’. This will extend the parking for an hour. If you want to extend for longer, reply with Y and the number of hours you wish to extend the parking for.

What if my ticket expires and I forget to move my car?

If you fail to extend your parking ticket, you can get fined by a Dubai traffic police officer for Dh100

Abu Dhabi

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Mawaqif is the paid parking system in Abu Dhabi, and has been implemented in the most densely populated areas of the city.

Premium parking areas

  • Timings: 8am to 12 midnight, Saturday to Thursday.
  • Charges: Dh3 per hour
  • Maximum stay allowed: Four hours

There are also multi-storey parkings operated by Mawaqif with the following charges:

  • 1 hour - Dh2
  • 1 day - Dh15
  • 3 months - Dh1,369
  • 6 months - Dh2,738
  • 12 months - Dh5,475

Parking is free on Fridays, public holidays and for people of determination.

Additionally, parking bays in the vicinity of a mosque are free for 45 minutes starting from the call for prayer (Adhan).

What do I write in the SMS?

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All vehicles registered in the UAE can use the mParking method. They need to send an SMS to 3009 with the following text:

  • City and Plate code plate number parking Type "Premium or Standard" duration in hours.
  • The parking type will be clearly mentioned in the parking signage, with either an ‘S’ for standard or ‘P’ for premium.

These are the city codes for vehicles:

  • Abu Dhabi – AUH
  • Dubai – DXB
  • Sharjah – SHJ
  • Ajman – AJM
  • Fujairaj – FUJ
  • Ras Al Khaimah – RAK
  • Umm Al Quwain – UAQ

User will receive a confirmation message upon the completion of the request and a reminder message 10 minutes before permit expiry, which could be extended for another hour by sending "E" via SMS to the number 3009.

Registered users can use their Mawaqif account credit to pay parking fees by sending a message from the registered number to 3009 in the following format:

Car colour and plate category <space> plate number <space> parking category "premium or standard" <space> duration in hours.

Example:

  • Red5 12345 S 4 (for 4 hours)
  • Red5 12345 S 1 (for 1 hour)

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Sharjah

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Sharjah municipality has a standard charge for paid parking areas in the emirate. This means that if you have paid for an hour of parking, you can move your car from one paid parking zone to another without the need to pay for a new ticket.

Do I need to register mParking in Sharjah?

Vehicles with UAE-registered number plates do not need to register for mParking. GCC countries and non-private plate numbers need to register for the smsParking service here.

What do I write in the SMS?

Motorists need to send an SMS to 5566 with the following text:

  • Plate sourcePlate numberDuration

For plate source, motorists need to enter the emirate in which the vehicle was registered.

  • Sharjah: SHJ
  • Dubai: DXB
  • Abu Dhabi: AUH
  • Ras Al Khaimah: RAK
  • Ajman: AJM
  • Fujairah: FUJ
  • Umm Al Quwain: UAQ

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Charges for mParking

Payments are charged at 38fils per text message.

How to renew the parking

15 minutes before your parking ticket is about to expire, you will receive an SMS reminding you that the ticket is about to expire. If you want to extend the parking, you simply need to respond with a ‘Y’. This will extend the parking for an hour. If you want to extend for longer, reply with Y and the number of hours you wish to extend the parking for.

What if my ticket expires and I forget to move my car?

If you fail to extend your parking ticket, you can get fined by a Sharjah traffic police officer for Dh100.

Ajman

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In Ajman, motorists can send an SMS to 5155, following this format:

  • Plate source Plate category Plate number

So for a Dubai number plate - A 2xx2 - you would need to enter the following text: DXB A 2xx2