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As one of the few places in the world where delivery services are a fraction of the cost they are in major global cities, you can get almost anything to turn up on your doorstep in Dubai in a matter of minutes. When it comes to convenience, nowhere does it better than UAE – earlier this year the government announced it would develop aerial drones to delivery documents and medicines within the year, further proving the city’s obsession with on-the-spot efficiency. The demand for this luxury is heightened triple-fold during summer when most people find it difficult to even walk to the car without breaking into a sweat. Here, we round up 30 essential deliveries you need to know about for summer.
Dial A Nail This at-home grooming service gets booked up quickly, which isn’t ideal for last-minute pampering, but plan ahead and you’ll love the array of services on offer here, including luxury mani-pedi treatments (from Dhs145), hair colour and cuts, waxing and threading, massages (from Dhs200 for an hour) and spray tanning. Cayan Business Centre, TECOM, www.dialanail.com.
This mobile pet-pampering service offers canine grooming in a self-contained bright pink van right outside your home. Services on offer including clipping, trimming, bathing, de-shedding and erm, breath freshener (say what?) Locations across Dubai, www.shampooch.ae (no number).
Home Spa Dubai Have a professional massage and body treatment service covering reflexology, Thai massage, Balinese massage and hot stone, all in the comfort of your home. Therapists arrive with a massage bed and even play music from their smartphones to set the mood. Locations across Dubai, www.home-spa-dubai.com (no number).
Beauty buffs who subscribe to GlamBox can enjoy a package featuring four or five samples of cosmetics and beauty items from well-known and cutting edge brands. A novel way to try what’s in the market without committing. From Dhs70 per month. Locations across Dubai, www.glambox.me (04 455 8699).
Feel Pink This Barsha-based ladies’ grooming salon comes to you for everything from mani-pedis (from Dhs150) to mini facials (Dhs150 for half an hour), blow-dries (Dhs50), as well as full-body massages. Barsha Horizon Building, Al Barsha 1, www.feelpink.ae (055 408 0100).
Belle Femme at Home Ladies can be pampered and preened to perfection with this luxury service. The Belle Femme beauticians come equipped to carry out hot oil hair treatments, manis and pedis, threading, waxes and massages. From Dhs130. The Walk, JBR, www.bellefemmeme.com (04 437 0207).
DinnerTime Targeted at the undomesticated gent, this Swedish-run company delivers a weekly box of fresh ingredients to your doorstep with easy-to-follow, 30-minute recipes. From Dhs300. Locations across Dubai, www.dinnertime.me (no number).
French Bakery Breakfast in bed just got a whole lot more extravagant. This French-themed bakery delivers croissants, pain au chocolat, manakish and baguettes to your home so that you don’t have to lift a finger. Locations across Dubai, www.frenchbakery.ae (055 123 3175).
Milk and Honey The gourmet grocer isn’t cheap, but those with a taste for the finer things in life can get items such as organic oils, tapenades, antipasto and yellow kale chips to your door. There’s a minimum order of Dhs100 if you don’t live on the Palm and Dhs50 if you do. Shoreline 10, Palm Jumeirah, www.milkandhoney.ae (04 432 6363).
Organic Foods & Café
Stock up online with health-centric supplements and superfoods including wheatgrass and spirulina powder, chia seeds and coconut water. Customers only receive free delivery on orders over Dhs250, anything less will be charged a Dhs50 fee. Locations across Dubai, www.organicfoodsandcafe.com (04 338 2911).
The US foodie import delivers all manner of sweet, drool-worthy treats, including a variety of cupcakes (Nutella, carrot cake, red velvet and lemon), cheesecakes (brownie, lemon and strawberry), brownies and whoopee pies. Orders below Dhs200 will incur a Dhs10 delivery fee. Locations across Dubai, www.hummingbirdbakery.com (no number).
Room Service Deliveries Rather than keep a million takeaway leaflets stuffed in a drawer, this online service allows you to order from dozens of restaurants and more than 20 types of cuisines, delivered to your door. You can even mix and match restaurants and have it all delivered at the same time. From Dhs40 delivery charge. Locations across Dubai, www.roomservice-uae.com (no number).
Trolley.ae This online supermarket stocks everything from fruit and veg to meat and seafood, pet food and household necessities such as light bulbs and loo roll. Orders above Dhs100 receive free delivery. Locations across Dubai, www.trolley.ae (no number).
Bubs Boutique If the thought of shopping for baby shower gifts makes your head spin, this luxury online boutique sells and delivers Aussie and elsewhere-imported toys, rattles and stylish baby clothes straight to your home or office. Locations across Dubai, www.bubsboutique.com (no number).
Moushii The answer to all your party planning needs, though pricey, this local boutique offers everything from bunting for baby showers and themed décor for kids’ birthday parties to vintage-style glass milk bottles and moustache props. Locations across Dubai, www.moushii.com (no number).
GisellaBlu Sharp dressers need not sacrifice style for convenience and this Singapore-based label offers the best of both worlds. GisellaBlu’s free personal home shopping service in Dubai sees the stylist arrive to your doorstep armed with a selection of striking garments for a Pretty Woman-style fashion fit-out. Locations across Dubai, www.gisellablu.com (no number).
Sivvi Dubai’s new mobile mall features stylish clothes and accessories for women and men from brands including Alice McCall and 7 for All Mankind, with free next-day delivery in the UAE. Locations across Dubai, www.sivvi.com (no number).
Jado Pado Get everything from the latest Macbook Air to the Jambone Jambox delivered to your door via this local e-commerce site for all things electronic. Deliveries of Dhs100 and over in the UAE will arrive the next day for free, while the company accepts returns up to 14 days after purchase. Locations across Dubai, www.jadopado.com (no number).
Get stunning, fragrant floral arrangements delivered to someone’s home or office with the click of a button. You can even choose the colour scheme (pastel or bright) as well as the gender they’re for. Locations across Dubai, www.blissdubai.com.
800 Doctor Promising a doctor at your doorstep in an hour, this on-call service offers a team of specialists in areas including family medicine, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology and physiotherapy. They’ll also see you for less pressing concerns such as sick leave certificates and vaccinations. Locations across Dubai, www.800doctor.com (no number).
Aster Pharmacy Too sick to get out of bed? Consider this pharmacy delivery service the next best thing to having your mum around. They bring basically any over-the-counter medicine you can think of to your door for free. Locations across Dubai, www.asterpharmacy.com (no number).
Go Organic Ideal for DIY juicers, this company delivers boxes of organic produce, including fresh fruit and veggies straight to your home. Each box comes with recipes on how to make your green goodness a success, plus die-hard detoxers can also order wheatgrass and at-home juicers here, too. From Dhs125. Locations across Dubai, www.goorganic.me (no number).
If you haven’t seen the Desert Chill bus about town, you haven’t lived in Dubai long enough. The ice-cream van makes home deliveries of frozen treats, cakes and hampers to private parties or home addresses for those looking for a unique way to surprise their loved ones. No minimum spend for New Dubai. Locations across Dubai, www.desertchill.ae (050 612 2108).
Flying Shisha Like a decadent dessert, some things are never as good when you try and recreate them at home. Playing on that knowledge, these guys deliver shisha to your doorstep until midnight every day of the week. Simply order your flavour of choice online. Dhs100. www.flyingshisha.com (055 106 5682).
Planning an epic party over the summer? This company specialises in ice catering and will delivers everything from ice sculptures to bags of the stuff (15 bag minimum) and our personal favourite: massive blocks of ice to drop in your pool to keep your guests chilled. Locations across Dubai, www.gmice.com (800 ICE).
Tumble Time No need to hire out Sega Republic in order to make sure the children have a jolly good time at their next party – Tumble Time rents out themed bouncy castles, inflatable slides, ball pools and inflatables. The company also does a line in a range of outdoor fans, bubble-making machines and there’s popcorn machines for adult shindigs. Price on request. Locations across Dubai, www.tumbletimedubai.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (050 352 1212).
Bling My Truck
This online off-roading and auto boutique houses car bits and bob including winches, fuel containers, roof racks, plus hiking and camping equipment all under the one portal. These things can be under your roof in less than 72 hours. Maybe not ideal for emergencies. Locations across Dubai, www.blingmytruck.com (no number).