With the UAE having the highest number of mobile phone subscribers, there are apps to aid business travelers, tourists, or residents in their daily activities, to discover products and services, going shopping, seeing what’s showing at the movies, on to exploring activities, attractions and events as well booking; confirm with a click, and pay instantly!
Here are the 10 must-have apps for discovering the best of the UAE on your smartphone:
- Dubai Calendar for events scheduled in the emirate. The app by Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing is the official listing of events related to culture, art, fashion, health, and sport in Dubai. Since its launch date, the app has seen high levels of engagement from end users, especially with regards to browse, find an event and book tickets. With access to as many as 35 new events added each week, this is the one entertainment go-to app.
- Nearbuy for going on a shopping spree. A mobile app essential for any spree at UAE malls, in particular Dubai and Abu Dhabi, that discloses great deals, discounts and new collections of 100+ brands before even stepping foot in the stores by using location tracking. Also, get a snapshot of events at malls in advance.
- Dubai Mall for exploring the world’s biggest shopping center. This app has built in-mall navigation to guide you to the hottest trends, events and happenings. The stylishly useful app by Emaar Technologies has users know about sales, promotions and special events happening in any of its 1200+ shops or 200+ restaurants and cafes. The app uses the GPS to locate your exact location on the 3D map and guides you through the mall.
- Reel Cinemas for motion pictures. The app offers the best movie experience at the Platinum Movie Suites at The Dubai Mall or Dolby Cinema at Dubai Marina Mall. It’s the fastest way to check out the latest movies showing and coming soon, as well as view the latest Reel Cinemas promotions. Customers can even purchase movie tickets from their device, or book, view and share their favorite movies at Reel Cinemas.
- Food on Click for food ordering and delivery. This app makes buying food stuff simple from the comfort of your home at the click of a button (hence the name). With more than 1,500 restaurants, divided into categories, areas and delivery times, this app can place an order without getting up from your comfortable couch.
- InstaShop for grocery delivery. An app with the opportunity to get your groceries without the hassle of going to the store in just a few clicks on your mobile! Users can buy goods from a local supermarket to their home or office in an hour or less, depending on the shopper’s location.
- Eat for food & drink. The ultimate restaurant guide & reservations app in Dubai and elsewhere in the UAE. Search by cuisine type, price range or location, as noted Eat, Inc. Users can explore menus and photos, and reserve their table through the app. Reservations are confirmed in real-time!
- RTA Dubai for means of transport. The mobile app by Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) offers a lot of services and features designed to support roads and public transport users with info finding parking locations in Dubai or even order a Taxi using the app booking service. What’s more, payment of parking or fines can be directly carried out from the cellphone. Logged in users can also check weather condition for safe driving and retrieve links to important emergency numbers.
- Careem for transportation services in the region. Here’s an app-based car service that makes ordering chauffeur-driven cars available. A must-have app to book a ride in minutes whenever you need one, and wherever you’re going. One can choose ‘Ride now’ or ‘Ride later’ depending on when they want the service. Features accurate pick up and drop off locations. Must register for activation of the online taxi booking service via Careem App. Pay by credit cards, cash, or Careem credit.
- Cleartrip.ae for flights, hotels & activities. An ideal travel app to plan, search and book their trips anywhere in the UAE. Explore things to do, see and best options for lodging on your device screen. With this app, you can find airline tickets, book the hotel and know of the best activities, attractions and events in the area.
All of the above apps can be downloaded – for free – through the app store! Simply, download any of the suited apps you need to begin your journey in Dubai or elsewhere in the UAE. These essential apps (their availability may vary depending on the operating system being used, either available for iOS, BlackBerry, Windows and Android platforms) are sure to make your life easier and more efficient in the emirates.