Top useful Apps for expats in Dubai

Given that Dubai is one of the most dynamic cities in the world, it is not surprising that numerous mobile applications are being developed for expatriates and locals. So much so, that there are now apps that cover most of the needs of tourists or business people visiting the city.

In this article we will tell you about the most important ones, don’t miss out on the details!

Apps for Transportation in Dubai

Tourists sometimes face difficulties in finding places of interest in the city. While it is true that Google Maps is a very useful tool, sometimes it does not show all the places one would like to visit. Likewise, it is important to know the applications to be able to move freely around the city, let’s start with the applications for transport in the city:

RTA Dubai Drive

This mobile app is designed to make it easy to find cars to rent so you don’t have to rely on any public transport or taxi drivers. This app has been developed with the support of the government and includes parking payment, navigation and all kinds of services that make the experience of renting a car the ideal one.


Many tourists or businessmen prefer to travel by public transport because of its prices and also in many cases to avoid traffic jams in the city. The S’hail app is a simple application that helps you to find out about the different public transport services and suggests the best way to get to your destination as quickly as possible.


Careem is one of the cheapest apps in UAE and allows you to book a car with a driver. It also allows you to view the quality of the car and the price of the proposed route. It is undoubtedly one of the best ways to move around the city quickly and comfortably.

Apps related to tourism and activities in Dubai

Dubai Travel Guide

This application is one of the best for sightseeing in the city. It is a digital guide with extensive information about Dubai and the attractions and activities the city has to offer. One of the advantages is that there is a map of the city indicating the places of interest and it works online and offline. Plan your day off and enjoy the city with this app.

Visit Dubai

When planning a visit to Dubai, you need complete information about the city the Visit Dubai app can be extremely useful. This is the official tourism app from Dubai’s Department of Culture and Tourism.

The app provides detailed information about tourist sites and natural attractions that you can combine to create your own personalised itinerary. The software also features a currency converter, which will be helpful when calculating menu prices at dinner or bargaining at the various Dubai souks.

The latest news, updates about the opening hours and contact information are also provided.


There is no doubt that DubaiNow is one of the best apps for tourists in Dubai. Travellers will find many useful features in this app, even though it is mostly aimed at locals and residents. Additionally, it is managed by the city’s e-Government Department.

A wide range of city services, including accommodation and visas, are provided in the app. Tourists find the most value in practical information, such as weather conditions, open health centers or pharmacies, locations of ATMs and prayer times.

Apps for food and delivery in Dubai

Some of the best apps for expats in Dubai include food and restaurant information, such as the average food cost, location, ambience, contacts, timings and ratings. We have listed a few for you.


There are several reasons why “Zomato” has made it to the list of the best apps for tourists in Dubai. Travellers in Dubai can get suggestions on the best food and restaurants based on their location and preferences.
An excellent filtering feature and an easy-to-use design make this app very user-friendly. Food and drink menus can be searched, reviews can be read, locations can be found, and images can be viewed. Furthermore, you can find out if the venue offers Wi-Fi and the average cost.


There are times when eating out is not possible for everyone. When these situations arise, the Talabat app comes in handy, as it allows you to order snacks and drinks and have them delivered right to your door. You have everything you need for lunch, dinner, or breakfast in this app.

Payment options include debit and credit cards, as well as cash on delivery. iPhone users can also use Apple Pay.


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