Five simple ways to pay public parking fee in UAE

The DGOV stated that there are five ways to pay for public parking lots in the UAE

by Staff Reporter
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If you’re a car owner or driver in the UAE, it’s important to know how to pay for public parking lots. According to the digital government (DGOV), there are five ways to pay for public parking spaces, which are usually located in residential and commercial buildings, shopping centres, government bodies’ buildings, and others.

In this article, we’ll go over the different payment methods, how fees are calculated, and other important information.

How to pay public parking fee in UAE

The DGOV stated that there are five ways to pay for public parking lots in the UAE. These payment methods include:

  • Cash
  • Prepaid parking cards
  • Credit cards
  • SMS messages
  • Smart transportation apps

It’s important to note that the fees for parking lots in different emirates may vary, as well as the parking period.

People of determination, or those with disabilities, can obtain a permit that allows them to use public parking lots for free.

Calculating Fees and Payment Instructions

According to the DGOV, there is explanatory information on how fees are calculated according to the parking period, along with payment instructions at each device of paying parking fees. It’s important to follow these instructions, as fines and violations may be imposed for violating the rules of public parking.

Electronic Services for Public Parking

The DGOV also stated that charging the balance of the financial portfolio is among the electronic services for public parking, which can be obtained through the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) in Abu Dhabi. Additionally, it’s possible to renew or purchase a seasonal parking card through the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

Prepaid and Rechargeable Parking Cards

Car owners and drivers can obtain prepaid and rechargeable parking cards, as well as information about parking areas, timings, fees, and fines in various emirates from the following places:

In Abu Dhabi, the parking system (ITC) and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) or through the smart parking app.

In Sharjah, these services are available at the Public Parking Department at the Sharjah City Municipality.

In Ajman, these services are available at the Municipality and Planning Department, where it’s possible to issue a parking card or request a parking reservation.

Electronic Payment Steps Through the “Darb” App

The DGOV clarified that there are six steps to electronically pay parking fees through the service available on the smart phone app “Darb” of the ITC in Abu Dhabi. These steps start with clicking on “Pay parking fees”, then selecting the vehicle from the list (a new vehicle can be added), followed by determining the type of parking according to the type of platform (Main or Secondary), then specifying the parking period, followed by paying the fees, which are deducted from the balance of the electronic wallet associated with the vehicle. After payment, the system displays the validity period of the ticket with the possibility of renewing it for one hour.

Paid public parking in UAE

In conclusion, paying for public parking lots in the UAE is an important aspect of driving and owning a car. By following the payment instructions and utilizing the various payment methods and services available, car owners and drivers can ensure that they comply with the rules and regulations of public parking, avoid fines and violations, and have a smooth and hassle-free parking experience.


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