UAE-based telecom operator Etisalat has announced that its mobile payment solutions for parking services is now available in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.
It said Sharjah is the third emirate to benefit from the mobile parking initiative, with the aim to make the service available across the UAE.
It added in a statement that the service is part of Etisalat's efforts to support all 'smart government' initiatives in the UAE.
Customers in Sharjah can now send an SMS from their Etisalat mobile to 5566 to pay for their car parking and enjoy the hassle-free service.
Timely SMS reminders prior to the expiry of the parking permit will alert customers and enable them to save fines, Etisalat said.
Khaled El Khouly, chief marketing officer, Etisalat said: "The partnership with the respective service providers is in line with our long-term strategy to provide the best services that support m-government initiatives and result in time, energy and financial savings for our customers. Innovation is an integral part of our customer-centric business approach as we constantly strive to provide better and convenient services."
He added: "We have seen an increase in the number of service users' transactions by more than 50 percent and value of transactions by more 70 percent in the first quarter of 2014 in comparison with the same period last year."