Top apps for a comfortable living in the Emirati capital

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When moving to the capital of the UAE or visiting Abu Dhabi as a tourist, it will be useful for you to learn about the most popular local mobile applications that can be used for a variety of different purposes. The best Abu Dhabi apps will help you live your best desert life with the most possible convenience, because currently, ordering food or finding out the fastest way from one point to another doesn’t take much time at all.

We have prepared a special article with a selection of the top apps for a comfortable living in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

UAE Pass

The UAE Pass allows you to sign into over 6,000 federal, local, and private government services through a single mobile-based login. With the help of the app, users are able to complete a range of tasks including paying utility bills with the help of services such as Etihad Water & Electricity and Emirates Post, and filing or extending visa applications. The app is available on iTunes and Google Play.

The UAE Pass application is the first national digital identity and signature solution that enables individuals to identify themselves to government service providers in all emirates including Abu Dhabi, through a smartphone-based authentication. In addition, the app enables users to sign documents digitally with a high level of security.

You need to download this time-saving app to your phone and scan your original Emirates ID to start the verification process. You will be prompted to add a PIN number and then you will need to find a UAE Pass kiosk where you can scan your fingerprints and gain your credentials.

Benefits of the UAE Pass app include:

  • having a digital trusted identity
  • being able to store and share digital documents
  • being able to sign documents digitally
  • being able to update your profile information
  • being able to update your address records
  • customised services

The app was launched at Gitex Exhibition 2018 and is a collaboration between Digital Dubai, Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) and the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority.

Dubizzle

The Dubizzle app specializes in the buying and selling of second hand goods, and is the leading free classified hub in Abu Dhabi, as well as in the whole of the UAE, making it easy for you to purchase and sell across all seven emirates.

Sections of the app include property for rent, property for sale, rooms for rent, motors, classifieds, furniture & garden, mobile phones & tablets, jobs and community section for various services like movers, home repairs and tutor services.

Note! You can also pay attention to the Yalafind app for buying and selling goods across the UAE, as well as Melltoo for finding goods at affordable prices.

Deliveroo

Deliveroo is an app which allows you to order different cuisines including Thai, Indian, American and Egyptian. All that is required is for the hungry customer to download the app, enter your payment details and address. The app allows you to track where your food is along its journey. The app works with restaurants not only in Abu Dhabi, but also in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and Al Ain.

Other popular food delivery apps in the capital of the UAE comprise Zomato and Talabat.

DARB, Uber and Careem

The DARB app will give you your best route for where you need to go, whether you’re on foot, looking for public transport, or taking your own vehicle. Vehicle owners can also handle traffic fines and car registrations, and challenge any parking infringements through the app directly.

Another popular transportation app is Uber, which makes ride-hailing easier. Clients can request a ride up to 30 days in advance, at any time and on any day of the year. You also can enjoy the same features you enjoy at home whilst you’re travelling, such as safety features including GPS tracking, 24/7 support and emergency assistance.

Note! Users of the Uber app benefit from UberEats, which delivers restaurant dishes from some of the top restaurants and cafes in Abu Dhabi.

Careem is the ride-hailing app available across all seven emirates, including the UAE capital. You can ride, order food, shop, pay or become a Captain, as Careem is a hassle-free, one stop solution for your daily needs such as recharge, sending credit, delivery, finding a car, taxi and bike, as well as ordering food and goods from shops.

The Entertainer

The Entertainer is an app which helps you to find discounts on things to do, see and eat in the UAE. You can get great savings on spa treatments, restaurants, etc.

The Classic membership allows you to get discounts on yacht charters with Bristol Charters, enjoy ‘buy one get one free’ at Dubai Hills Golf Club and even specials on staycations at luxurious hotels such as, for example, Andaz Dubai The Palm.

The cost of the membership depends on the chosen subscription, but there is also a free Lite – Abu Dhabi subscription which has no cost. The price of Premium – Abu Dhabi subscription constitutes AED 35 (USD 10) per month and the Global subscription is AED 54 (USD 15) per month. In addition, the application offers the ENTERTAINER soleil option, which provides users with unlimited access, benefits and discounts to a comprehensive range of social, fitness, recreation and beach clubs throughout the UAE during the 12 month membership period.

Instashop

Instashop is one of the most popular delivery apps among the many expats living and working in the UAE. The delivery service is available across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. The easy-to-use app is known for its speedy delivery: order is delivered in around 45 minutes.

All you need to do is find a supermarket nearby, select your items, and delivery will be free over a certain amount. The payment can be made online with your credit card or in cash when your delivery arrives. A range of other goods available for order include pet supplies, cosmetics, flowers and even products from the pharmacy.

Note! You can also use other grocery delivery apps in the UAE such as Trolley.ae and El Grocer, which order home delivered goods from local international and organic grocery stores near you.

Airbnb and Bayut

When moving to the UAE, finding a place to stay is one of the first things you will need to do. An application like Airbnb, which is an online platform for placing and searching for short-term rentals of private housing around the world, will help you find short-term housing in Abu Dhabi while you are settling into a new country.

Another popular accommodation app in the UAE is Bayut, which is a property search portal available on Android and iOS. The app allows users to find homes by commute time and search for properties in preferred areas using a map. You can also filter your results with validated, available listings.

Muslim Pro

Muslim Pro is a useful app which sends an audio or silent notification whenever it’s time to pray in the UAE. The app offers a listing of the prayer times, the Holy Quran in both text and audio versions and a Qibla compass feature to give you the correct prayer direction.

The main goal of Muslim Pro is to connect Muslims to their goals, aspirations, interests and community. The app has easy-to-use features and the most accurate prayer times. Muslim Pro works worldwide.

Justlife

Justlife is an easy-to-use household app, which allows you to book a trusted cleaner for the minimum price of just AED 30 (USD 8) per hour. The payment will be taken via your credit card and you are also able to add a tip. Users of Justlife will enjoy a selection of other services including at-home doctor visits, home PCR tests, online therapy sessions with top-rated psychologists, professional disinfection and sanitization service in the UAE, mobile hair services and much more.

Note! In the unlikely event of damages during the Justlife cleaning service, you will receive compensation of up to AED 1,000 (USD 272).

Seyanah-UAE for home repairs and technicians, as well as Washmen for your laundry are other popular household apps in the UAE.

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