If you are still following the traditional way of paying for parking with coins, it’s high time to switch to mParking – the city’s automated SMS service to pay for parking tickets in Dubai. This Dubai parking SMS system follows a set format and is a handy way to ensure that you don’t rack up any parking fines in the city!
mParking is an e-service offered by the Roads And Transport Authority (RTA) that motorists can pay for paid parking in Dubai using just an SMS message from their mobile phone. It is the most convenient and easiest way to pay for parking tickets in Dubai.
Paying for parking tickets in Dubai by SMS is a simple two-step process using mParking.
The first step to paying by the Dubai Parking SMS system is to open a new message on your phone and enter the number 7275 (PARK) in the senders’ address. 7275 is the official number that can be used to pay for Dubai parking fee via SMS.
Once that’s done, its time to draft the SMS in the following format. Getting this correct is important for paying for parking tickets in Dubai.
So your SMS should look something like this: A12345 317C 1
If you happen to be in Parking Zone A and want to put a half an hour ticket, you can use the format of 1/2. For example, A12345 317C 1/2. Other formats that can be followed include: .5, .50, 0.5, 0.50, 30,30min, 30mins, 30minute and 30minutes. Half an hour of parking in Dubai is only applicable in Zone A.
For vehicles that are not registered in Dubai, i.e. cars with Sharjah or Abu Dhabi number plates must follow prefix the emirate/country code to the existing Dubai SMS format for parking.
After you’ve drafted your message, just press the send button! You will then receive a confirmation SMS stating whether the transaction is successful. For the transaction to be successful, you will need to have sufficient talk-time/SMS balance on your phone.
The Dubai SMS parking service will deduct the parking fees based on the cost per hour of that particular parking zone. This article on RTA parking charges in Dubai can help you identify the cost of each parking zone. In addition to the parking zone fee, an SMS charge of AED 0.30 will be applied to avail of the service for parking in Dubai.
Pro tip: Motorists who want to avoid the extra AED 0.30 charge can use the inbuilt payment system in RTA’s Smart Application.
You can identify the parking zone of an area by locating the orange Paid Parking boards that are placed across the walkways. These boards have the Dubai parking codes of the area listed on them. While most of the older areas in Dubai have the A, B, C & D parking zones, those living in the flats for rent in JLT (Dubai) are more used to seeing unique parking codes like J, K and more.
The SMS format for cars registered outside the emirate should be as follows:
So if you are a resident of the apartments or villas for rent in Sharjah and crossing the border for work, you will have to use the appropriate code.
The great thing about Dubai RTA SMS parking is that it sends reminders 10 minutes before the ticket expires to renew the parking ticket. These reminders come with instructions on extending the parking ticket via SMS.
To extend the parking, users just need to reply with a ‘Y’. This will extend the Dubai parking ticket by the same duration that was placed before. To change the duration, users will have to send a new SMS.
The format for parking in Dubai for a motorcycle is the same as for cars but with a prefix of the letter B. Example: B AUH14 00000 335A 1.
That concludes this guide on parking by SMS in Dubai. We hope this article was informative enough to help you understand all about the SMS parking steps and fees. If you have any other questions regarding mParking in Dubai, you can contact RTA on 800-9090.
Now that you know how to pay parking tickets by SMS in Dubai, it’s a great time to update the latest list of Dubai traffic fines. Alternatively, if you are driving to Sharjah, here is the guide to SMS parking in Sharjah.