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We’ve screened, tried, and tested hundreds of Dubai’s local apps, all in essential categories affecting our daily lives to come up with this top-notch selection. EACH of these 9 apps will help you with your daily routines while saving you time and money.
Here we go, in no particular order of awesomeness.
Hoodi: Make the most out of your Neighborhood
Ever got the feeling that you’re disconnected while living in Dubai? Well, things are changing rapidly and we have the ultimate solution for you. With Hoodi in town, you now have a secure and private place to make the most out of your neighborhood. Don’t believe us? check your neighborhood for yourself:
Hoodis are redefining neighborhood communication. They’re sharing insights and happenings, socializing, collaborating, offering help and getting recommendations, buying and selling conveniently – It’s becoming such a friendly community! Within weeks, you’ll also have access to nearby events and to an extensive neighborhood directory. Find out more here.
“Love it! Great idea and my neighborhood is so lovely” Alphonse Semaan
Explore your neighborhood from the palm of your hand!
Beam Wallet: Lose your Wallet? Pay with Beam
How hassle-free can life really get?
Beam, the leading mobile wallet app in the UAE, allows you to pay and get rewarded at your favorite brands all on your phone. No more fumbling for change, exposing credit card PINS or inconvenient bulky wallets.
The app’s secure payment technology lets you pay for your groceries, fuel, dinner, coffee and more with your phone at Carrefour, ENOC, Costa Coffee, VOX Cinemas, ALDO and hundreds of other brands.
Simply tap and go at Beam terminals in stores, supermarkets and cafes, pay for fuel without leaving your car, and dine and tip all from your phone.
And there’re more good things coming your way! When you pay using Beam, you get rewarded for every purchase. Spot your favorite brands on the Beam app and give it a try.
“I use it all the time after my jogging to grab a coffee at Costa in the Marina, really convenient as you only need to carry your phone!” Fahdbae
So, are you Beaming yet?
Talabat: Food ordering, simplified
Can you have your cake and eat it, without any ordering hassles? Well, now you definitely can!
Talabat is the GCC’s biggest online food ordering service, housing a wide variety of cuisines from recognized international and local restaurants. No matter what type of food you’re craving, you will find it on Talabat.
The online food ordering pioneer enables fast, fresh, ordering via the website and mobile app. Customers can browse through an extensive selection of restaurants and view the restaurants’ menus. They can then choose their preferred meal, confirm with a click, pay instantly (or cash-on-delivery) and get their favorite dish delivered to their doorstep.
And it gets better. Talabat constantly runs exclusive deals with some of its partner restaurants. There’s even a section in the app called ‘Offers’ dedicated to highlighting deals such as these. With Talabat, ordering food has never been simpler.
“Easy to use and order. This is the type of application that we require. Their customer service is really good and they call the restaurants right away in case of any issues“ Bashir Ashiup
Unbelievable Treats from Talabat!! Get 50% off on your first order from Talabat! Use Voucher Code: “HOODI50” at the checkout and redeem your discount (Maximum discount will be AED 150). Valid from Jan 26 till Feb 28
Hungry? Order now!
Fabogo: Get fab in a click
How would you like to stay fabulous when you’re juggling between many things and are on a budget?
Fabogo is your go-to app for discovering the best salons, spas and fitness venues close to you. You can choose a spa or salon based on its rating and browse through crazy offers before you make your pick. You can also review venues once you avail the services!
“A Must download! Very well made app, good venues and nice offers! Thanks to Fabogo, I now have an app for all my beauty and fitness needs. One click and I’m sorted for my salon and spa trips!”
– Saima Malik
Ready to get pampered? What are you waiting for! Make your booking now on Fabogo.
el Grocer: Mobile Grocery Delivery Marketplace
In our extremely busy lives where 24 hrs are not enough in a day, it’s important to adopt smart practices that will give you time to do things that really matter. With el Grocer, the hassle of grocery shopping is a thing of the past.
You can now order grocery from your nearby shops through the el Grocer app for the same price, and get your order delivered home, free of charge!
“Saved my time and money. Great app!” Kashif Hameed
Say goodbye to old-school grocery shopping!
Time for some Goodies: Shop with el Grocer and get items worth AED 20 for free when you use Promo code “hoodi”. Valid until Feb 9th, 2017
Download el Grocer app and start shopping!
Careem: Yalla, let’s go
The region’s favorite car booking app gives you the ultimate flexibility. Gone are the days when you had to stay on the phone line for 20 minutes to book a taxi. The revolutionary car booking app makes the process a lot smoother and interactive (and cooler!). It really is the better way to get around.
The customization options Careem gives you alone are laudable! The app lets you choose from the different car categories (Economy, Business, Careem, Kids, MAX), select your payment method (card or cash), it then automatically locates your destination using your GPS settings (you can of course input a different location if you wish to be picked up from another place).
And the best part? You don’t have to tap your feet in impatience anymore as you wait for your car. You can quite literally see where your Captain is on your map and know precisely when he will reach you!
“Anytime anywhere pick up and drop, good cars and drivers..i just loved it” Hisham Haneef
Here’re all the more reasons to love Careem! Use Promo Code “HOODI45” and get AED 45 off your first ride. (For new users only. Valid from 1st – 28th February. Available for NOW and LATER bookings. Maximum discount 45 AED)
To get 15% off the next 2 rides, use Promo Code “HOODI15” (Valid from 1st – 28th February. Available for NOW and LATER bookings. Maximum discount 20 AED)
What are you waiting for? Book your ride with Careem NOW!
The PartyUp: Where’s your social life taking you?
UAE’s first social calendaring and events application helps you plan your social life! The PartyUp is all about letting you unwind at a Restaurant, Bar, Lounge or Nightclub that matches your interests, giving you access to countless events, food & beverages discounts and venue details for FREE.
The recently launched intuitive RESERVE button allows users to reserve their vouchers before heading out. Once you arrive at the venue you can simply redeem them
“Looking for something like this for a long time. Best app to find out happy hours n ladies nights in town” Aashish Pai
So, got plans for the weekend? Book your seats on the PartyUp NOW!
Justmop: There’s no place like a clean home
Justmop connects individuals looking for house and office cleaning services with well-trained & pre-screened professionals. Being the first online on-demand cleaning platform in the region, Justmop lets you book a cleaning session within 60 seconds through its website, iOS and Android apps.
You can download the app for free on iOS or Android and choose how often you’d like to get your place cleaned in a week. Alternatively, you can book a one-off cleaning service followed by imminent confirmation. Once you book your cleaning session, your trusted crew member from a Justmop.com partner arrives at your place at the specified time. It’s really that simple and hassle-free. Just sit back and enjoy your clean house and figure out how to use those extra hours you got back!
“I ordered Justmop in the last week of ramadan and all my friends visiting on Eid were curious as to how a bachelor pad could be so clean” Mufaddal Yamani
It’s Treat Time: Get AED 40 OFF when you book your first service with Justmop! Book your appointment today! Use Voucher Code: “HoodiMops” at the checkout and redeem your discount.
HeyDoc!: How am I doing?
This revolutionary telemedicine health app is just what we all need in our lives!
The award-winning app allows patients with non-urgent cases to search and connect with the right medical consultants based anywhere in the world and get medical advice, a second opinion or follow-ups. Once you sign in with the app, you will have access to a network of highly qualified doctors and receive private, round-the-clock medical advice from the convenience of your home.
HeyDoc’s committed to producing a global digital healthcare platform that serves and facilitates healthcare related needs of all individuals to enhance the quality of life.
“Very Helpful” Zain Kazi
And here’s the great news: The very first advisory on HeyDoc! is absolutely FREE of charge!
HeyDoc! Every Doctor, a Tap Away.