27 must-have Dubai apps

Time Out Dubai is your guide to living in Dubai. As part of residents' guide we have information on the most useful apps for Dubai residents.

Area Guides, Living in Dubai

Put your smartphone to good use with our pick of the best apps to help you get the most out of the city.

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From ordering food to paying parking fines, Dubai seemingly has an app for everything. Almost every government department offers e-services, while local developers are constantly churning out ever-more useful apps, providing a wealth of experience at your fingertips. Read on for our pick of apps to make your life easier.

Search for jobs in the UAE and beyond with this handy app. Not only can you browse the latest vacancies, but there’s also the option to use other social networks to find connections at other companies. After you’ve uploaded your CV onto the website, you can apply directly for jobs through the app.
Free. Available on Android, Apple, BlackBerry and Windows devices. www.bayt.com

Big Bus Tours
Enhance your Big Bus Tour with this dedicated app. It can help you locate your nearest bus stop using Apple and Google Maps, while it also complements the tour, providing plenty of information about the attractions you can see from the bus. Just make sure you don’t miss the actual sights while glued to your phone.
Free. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.bigbustours.com/eng/dubai

Take the stress out of booking a taxi by using this reliable local car service. Once you’ve created an account, you can use the app to book a vehicle to pick you up. It uses GPS to plot your location, but if that isn’t bringing up the right result, there’s also the option of typing in your position. The app also has a handy fare calculator.
Free. Available on Android, Apple, BlackBerry and Windows devices. www.careem.com

Book a flight, hotel or package holiday from your smartphone with this straightforward app. The flight search is particularly useful, with it comparing prices between a wide range of airlines. Over the last year, the site has developed considerably and now boasts plenty of flight options from the UAE.
Free. Available on Android, Apple and BlackBerry devices. www.cleartrip.ae

Never worry about forgetting to pay a bill again with this very helpful app. As well as being able to pay your bills online, it also offers a breakdown of your water and electricity service charges as well as tutorial videos on how to cut down your bill. All you need to set it up is your DEWA contract number.
Free. Available on Android, Apple, BlackBerry and Windows devices. www.dewa.gov.ae

Access all of Dubai Healthcare Authority’s services through this app. With a few simple taps of your screen, you can register to donate blood, find information on DHA facilities, and access the authority’s social media channels.
Free. Available on Android, Apple, BlackBerry and Windows devices. www.dha.gov.ae

Access your du account to pay bills and manage your subscriptions through this easy-to-use app. You can also browse du’s online shop and access the company’s Wi-Fi hotspots.
Free. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.du.ae

Dubai Calendar

Never miss an event in the city again with this app from the official calendar of events in Dubai. The app offers a quick way of seeing what events are coming up, with all the relevant contact details, maps and ticketing information you need to attend.
Free. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.dubaicalendar.ae/en

Dubai Doctors

Another handy app from DHA is Dubai Doctors, which allows residents and tourists to search for clinics and doctors. It also has a search option for speciality centres around the city. The app even has the option to rate healthcare professionals and has detailed maps to help you find the clinics.
Free. Available on Android, Apple, BlackBerry and Windows devices. www.dha.gov.ae

Dubai mParking
Pay for your parking without needing to rummage through your pockets for change. This app also simplifies the SMS method of paying, by composing a message to send to the RTA. It also stores your information from your parking history, so you don’t need to compose the same message over and over again. It also sends alerts when your parking is about to expire.
Dhs4. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.mpark.rta.ae

Dubai Police

Through this official app from the Dubai Police you can inquire about and pay traffic fines, request certificates and report crimes.
Free. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.dubaipolice.gov.ae

Sell your unwanted items, buy second-hand goods, search for a new set of wheels and find a place to live through this incredibly useful app. The search functions are easy to use, which is useful considering how much stuff is available on this popular site.
Free. Available on Android and Apple devices. dubai.dubizzle.com

This app gives Etisalat customers access to their accounts with several useful features such as bill paying and recharge services. Through the app, customers can also request service support and access Wi-Fi hotspots.
Free. Available on Android, Apple, BlackBerry and Windows devices. www.etisalat.ae

Food on Click
Order food on the go from a wide range of restaurants in the city. This app is an extension of the popular website, and allows you to search for food by category and location. There’s additional information about average delivery times and charges, plus you can store your address.
Free. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.foodonclick.com

Get the lowdown on private schools in Dubai through this app from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). It allows users to search for schools by name, curriculum, performance and location.
Free. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.khda.gov.ae/en

Check your flight information in real time using this app from Dubai Airports. Not only does it help you keep a track of departure and arrival times, but also boasts plenty of useful information that you can use while you’re in the airport, such as a guide to shopping, food and beverage outlets.
Free. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.dubaiairport.com

This app lets you follow your favourite brands in UAE malls and pings you with not only the latest sales but also new collections, offers, fashion events and more. The app covers 110 brands across 14 malls in Dubai and Abu Dhabi including Fashion, Electronics, Furniture as well as eateries.
Free. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.nearbuy.ae

Reel Cinemas
Book your movie tickets for The Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Reel Cinemas on the go. Browse the different films and show timings before selecting the seats you want.
Free. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.reelcinemas.ae

While the RTA has many individual apps for different services, this is an all-encompassing service to have at your fingertips. Book taxis, pay parking fees, top up your NOL card – you name it, you can do it through this app.
Free. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.rta.ae/en

RTA Smart Taxi
This is a clever little app that makes booking a taxi very simple. Once logged in, it uses GPS to pinpoint your location and sends a taxi to that spot. You can even watch the progress of the taxi on the map. However, although this app is smart, it’s not magic; at peak times, you’ll still struggle to find a taxi.
Free. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.rta.ae/en

This app from the RTA lets drivers check their balance and recharge their account for Dubai’s road toll system Salik. It also provides a breakdown of every payment made.
Dhs7. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.salik.gov.ae/en

If you’re looking to save some hard-earned cash, then this website is just for you. Select the grocery items you want and then compare the prices from different supermarkets, including Al Maya, Choithrams and Lulu. After discovering this app, you’ll never pay over the odds again.
Free. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.sallety.ae

The Dubai Mall
Finding a particular store in The Dubai Mall can be mission impossible at times, unless you use this app, of course. Using GPS, it pinpoints your exact location and provides a detailed map to help you find what you’re looking for. Shops and eateries are categorised to further aid your shopping trip, while it even reminds you where your car is parked.
Free. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.thedubaimall.com

Time Out Dubai
If you’re heading out or looking for a good deal, our expert knowledge sits in your pocket in the guise of this clever app. With maps embedded to help you reach your destination and venues categorised by price and location with our top ten picks for each category – what can we say: we think it’s the best guide to Dubai ever.
Free. Available on Apple devices. www.timeoutdubai.com

UAE Yellow Pages
Quickly find the phone number of a local business by downloading this app. You can browse by company name or by industry, and the app can even narrow down you search by distance from your current location.
Free. Available on Android and Apple devices. www.yellowpages.ae

Vox Cinemas
This app lets you view screenings by movies, location or experience (Gold, Max or Plus). Much like the Reel app, it’s a straightforward way of booking your seats.
Free. Available on Android, Apple and Windows devices. www.voxcinemas.com

This app is brilliant if you’re travelling to a new place on public transport. It uses your GPS location to work out where you are, and then gives you all the information you need with information about the nearest bus stops, metro stations or tram stations, as well as the timetable. It works in real time as well, so if your bus is running late, you’ll know about it ahead of time.
Free. Available on Android, Apple, BlackBerry and Windows devices. wojhati.rta.ae

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