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SMS Parking in Abu Dhabi Made Easier



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Often, parking in Abu Dhabi has been a complicated process for people visiting from other Emirates. Along with reserved parking spaces for Abu Dhabi residents and their strictly controlled timings, the registration of your vehicle before being able to pay by SMS has always made the process inconvenient and full of hassle. This new system will run alongside the old system that needs the motorists to be registered with the Mawaqif App.

The Department of Transport (DoT) has decided to make this process easier and more efficient by making changes in the system. In the month of January this year, the DoT introduced new codes and a new SMS system that eliminates the need of being registered with Mawaqif.


As per the new system, the code for the city of Abu Dhabi has been changed from “RED” to “AUH”.

The new format for SMS parking in Abu Dhabi is “City and Plate Code <SPACE> Plate Number <SPACE> Parking Type <SPACE> Duration”. Parking Type in the code refers to the two categories of parking. Either “S” which is Standard Parking chargeable AED 2 for one hour or “P” which is Premium Parking chargeable AED 3 for one hour.

To help you understand this code better, here’s an example :

For a Dubai registered vehicle opting for one-hour standard parking, the code will be –

“DXBJ 54543 S 1”

Here’s a list of city codes of different emirates –

Dubai – DXB , SHJ for Sharjah, AJM for Ajman, UAQ for Umm Al Quwain, RAK for Ras Al Khaimah, FUJ for Fujairah.

Due to the elimination of the need of being registered with the Mawaqif app to be able to pay the parking fees by SMS, this new system is the ideal system for motorists driving rent a car in Abu Dhabi be it a rental car from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah or Umm Al Quwain. For further reference, you can always reach out to the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport or check their online page

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