In today’s fast-paced world, convenience is key, especially when managing mundane tasks like parking. Abu Dhabi’s Mawaqif system has revolutionized how residents and visitors park their vehicles. With the introduction of the Darb smartphone app, topping up your Mawaqif account has always been a little bit challenging. This guide will walk you through everything you need about Mawaqif top-up, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience.

What is Mawaqif?


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Let’s talk about how to add credit to your parking account, but first, a quick intro to Mawaqif. Imagine Mawaqif as Abu Dhabi’s way of making parking easy for everyone. It’s a smart system that manages parking all over the city. Finding a good parking spot becomes simpler if you’re living in Abu Dhabi, just visiting, or running a business. Mawaqif has different areas for parking, so there’s always a place for your car, making your day a little less stressful. Now, let’s dive into how to keep your parking account up so you’re always ready to park without a hitch. It’s a handy tip to save time and keep you moving smoothly through the city.

How to Top-Up Your Mawaqif Account Using the Darb App

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Topping up your Mawaqif account through the Darb app is a straightforward process. Follow these simple steps to ensure you’re never caught off guard without sufficient parking time:

  1. Download and open the DARB app: If you haven’t already, download the DARB app on your smartphone.
  2. Top-up Darb E-wallet: Ensure that your DARB e-wallet has sufficient funds before paying for parking. You can top up your e-wallet within the app.
  3. Link Mawaqif rechargeable card: If you have a Mawaqif rechargeable card, you can link it to your account for easier top-ups. To do this, select “Add New Rechargeable Card” and follow the on-screen instructions. The balance will be automatically added to your Darb e-wallet​​.
  4. Pay for parking: To pay for parking, select the ‘Pay for Parking’ icon within the app. Choose your vehicle, the type of parking space (Standard or Premium), and the required number of hours. The fees will be subtracted directly from your e-wallet balance​​​​.

How to Pay the Mawaqif Parking Fees

Mawaqif has made paying for parking fees convenient and user-friendly, catering to a wide range of preferences. Here’s a breakdown of the payment options, designed to help beginners navigate the process with ease:

  1. Payment machines: These are located directly in the parking lots. You can pay your parking fees here, making it a straightforward option if you’re already at your parking destination.
  2. Text message: When choosing your parking spot, you have two options: Standard (code ‘S’) or Premium (code ‘P’). If you’re parking in a Premium spot, your text to Mawaqif should look like this: ‘AUH20 98765 P 1’. Send this SMS to the number 3009 to get your parking permit. They’ll confirm it with a message. You’ll get a heads-up message 10 minutes before your permit runs out. Need more time? Send an ‘E’ to 3009 to extend it by an hour. Remember, sending texts to 3009 costs the same as a regular SMS.
  3. Credit Cards: If parking charges exceed Dh15, you can pay with your credit card. This option adds extra convenience for those who prefer to avoid carrying cash.
  4. Darb App: The latest addition to Mawaqif’s payment options is the Darb app. With a user-friendly interface, the app lets you pay your parking fees by clicking the ‘Pay for Parking’ icon. This service is fast, easy, and perfect for tech-savvy users looking for a seamless parking payment experience.
  5. Mawaqif rechargeable cards: Drivers can easily pay for parking with a special card you can get from the Customer Happiness Centre. This card works with your online wallet and even in Abu Dhabi’s big parking buildings. Just link it to your Mawaqif account, and your parking fees get paid automatically after you add money to the card. You start with AED 50 on it.

Each option is designed to make your parking payment process as hassle-free as possible, ensuring you find a method that best suits your needs.


Integrating Mawaqif top-up within the Darb app represents a significant leap forward in making parking in Abu Dhabi more accessible and user-friendly. By following the steps outlined above, you can enjoy a hassle-free parking experience, allowing you more time to enjoy what the city offers. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, the convenience of managing your parking digitally cannot be overstated.

Remember, the key to a stress-free parking experience is preparation. By keeping your Mawaqif account topped up and staying informed about the latest features and updates to the Darb app, you’ll be well on your way to navigating Abu Dhabi’s parking system like a pro.

Happy parking, and enjoy the ease and convenience that the Darb app brings to your daily commutes!

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