Gitex 2021: Dubai allows WhatsApp to be used for parking and to register births and deaths

Parking via WhatsApp will be available within two weeks

Messaging service WhatsApp will soon be used to pay parking fees and for registering births and deaths with health authorities in Dubai.

The announcements were made at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (Gitex), which opened at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Sunday.

Parking via WhatsApp will be available within two weeks, using the same 7275 number, rather than just via SMS.

It means motorists can avoid paying the 30 fils for each message to telecoms companies when they want to park in a Roads and Transport Authority allocated zone.

A QR code available on iPhones can also be scanned to open the area or parking zone. Drivers can then put in their registration number and pay via ApplePay.

“We are participating at Gitex to show the digital challenges of paying parking fees,” said Ahmed Hasan Mahboub, director of parking at the RTA.

“An enhancement has been made to our smart application to have a map to help people find where they have parked so they can pay the correct fee.

“An auto-renew service for parking is also now in the app, as we have seen a lot of people forget to renew their parking tickets.

“It will hopefully reduce the chance of getting fined.

“The idea is to have a seamless experience of parking in Dubai.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHP) is preparing to roll out a new registration service on WhatsApp for births and deaths.

An Artificial Intelligence-powered virtual assistant will respond to health enquiries and direct people to the relevant services.

The Facebook-owned messaging service was one of several new smart services outlined by the MoHP at the tech exhibition.

Updated: October 18th 2021, 1:51 PM