12 apps to make life that little bit better…

12 apps to make life that little bit better…

by John Richardson


Whether you want to spend more quality time with the kids, a few more hours chilling on the beach, or generally just don’t like chores, you’ll be pleased to know that here in the UAE, there’s pretty much a mobile app for everything you can think of, and it’s not surprising with the UAE having among the highest percentages of smartphone penetration in the world!

Digital disruption can be seen as a bit of a buzzword, but it’s safe to say that there’s a few industries being disrupted from the services listed below.

  1. Entertainer - The biggest money saving App in the world? Quite possibly. The Entertainer is an everyday lifestyle savings app with thousands of 2-for-1 as well as money saving offers.

  2. Keno - A premium car wash service in Dubai that allows you to order a car wash to your doorstep through its mobile app.

  3. CAFU – The “on-demand” fuel delivery service will come and fill up your vehicle with petrol while you’re at home or work, they even offer a monthly membership which provides unlimited no fee fill ups for the month.

  4. Virgin Mobile - The digital mobile service that really puts you in control of your mobile life. With Virgin you can sign up in less than five minutes and they’ll deliver your SIM right to you.

  5. ekar – The pay-per-minute carshare is the region’s first pay-as-you-go smart rental. Their app allows users to easily discover and book available cars via their mobile app.

  6. Careem – The Middle East’s answer to Uber, Careem is a car booking app for a safe, reliable and affordable ride.

  7. Health at Hand - See a doctor via a live video consultation on your mobile phone. No appointments needed, skip doctor's waiting rooms and get immediate access to highly qualified doctors, wherever you are.

  8. Deliveroo – Here in the UAE you’re spoilt for choices when it comes to food deliveries. Choose from a number of apps such as Deliveroo which can deliver food from the best restaurants in the business, from local hotspots to national favourites, often with a strong selection of discounts too.

  9. Washmen – This mobile app enables you to schedule a 30-minute time window for your laundry to be picked up and dropped off.

  10. InstaShop – The easiest way to get your groceries and medicines, just a few clicks on your mobile and your order is delivered in about up to 60 minutes.

  11. Justmop – With this mobile app you can order home cleaning services in a just few taps.

  12. Cobone Deals - Cobone is the Middle East’s biggest daily deals app featuring offers on the best things to do, see, eat and buy in the UAE.

With the steady flow of innovative start-ups entering the region, I’m interested to see what services we’ll see next… Better clear some storage on my iPhone!