Life in the UAE can prove taxing for some. From the ever-changing red tape to unnecessary stress. Which is why we’re glad for the city’s endless supply of useful apps and websites to keep us sane.
There are far too many to list, but we’ve thrown together a few of our favourites to help curb those stress levels.
10 essential apps and websites in the UAE
Dubizzle is wildly popular among the Middle East and North Africa. It’s essentially the ‘Gumtree of the UAE’. Dubizzle serves as an online marketplace for classified ads offering users the ability to buy, sell and find nearly absolutely everything within their community. On top of that, you’ll find adverts for jobs pets and property.
RTA Smart Parking
An essential for car owners in Dubai. It’ll not only allow you to pay for parking either through the app or via SMS, it’ll also remind you when your time has expired and even how many vacant parking spaces are left.
If you lead a busy lifestyle, it can be easy to forget to pick up after yourself. Helpling’s Dubai-based branch are a company that offers up professional cleaners for affordable prices. So if your home is looking for a quick sweep, but you don’t want to commit to a full-time helper, then Helpling’s got you covered.
There’s nothing more annoying than having to drive across town to pick something up. With Fetchr, using a picture of whatever it is you’ve forgotten, you can have someone pick it up and deliver it straight to your door.
A must-have for anybody living in the UAE. They serve as the leading provider of ‘buy one get one free’ deals on meals, beauty, attractions and more across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. There are literally thousands of deals to choose from, whether you buy the book itself or use the app.
If you don’t have the time to stock up for your woofer, Pet’s Delight will deliver all you need to your doorstep. Their online store contains everything you could possible need to keep your pet happy, with orders over Dhs100 receiving free delivery.
Film fanatic? The Vox Cinemas app will let you view all the current movie times and movies coming soon. You can find trailers, cinemas near you, and nab yourself a quick ticket for that midnight screening with in-app payment.
If you’re looking for a map-app that doesn’t gobble up all your data, 2GIS provides offline maps and business listings for Dubai, serving as a neat-o travel guide and navigation app. The listings, roads and public transport routes get updated regularly and are all laid out over a user-friendly 3D map.
Everyone knows Uber. This taxi-replacement service allows you to request a ride and get picked up within minutes. Just choose your pick-up and drop-off location in advance, and pay using Google Wallet, PayPal or by cash. Once you’ve requested the ride, you can even track how far away the cab is from your house on a map.
If you find heading to the tailor’s a hassle (we’re looking at you, Bur Dubai and Satwa traffic), all you have to do is call, and one of the 800 Tailor team will pay you a visit, be it at the office, your home, or anywhere around the city to nab your measurements. Once tailored, the garments will be conveniently delivered to your door.