Any seasoned traveller to any country will tell you that knowing the best sites and apps is key to enjoying a good vacation. Here is our guide for the Top 10 Dubai Travel Apps to use when visiting Dubai. Most of the apps mentioned here also have dedicated web pages too.
Careem is essentially the Middle East’s version of Uber, so you can see why it would be useful! It is helpful as it offers all sorts of services with the convenience of it all being within one app.
Altogether, it offers all sorts of handy everyday services including transport, food shopping, food delivery, and parcel delivery. You can certainly see why Careem is a popular choice amongst tourists and residents! Although, Dubai has good public transport, a private taxi can be appealing especially if you don’t want to be waiting around in the heat! The prices are also reasonable with a ride from Jumeirah to the airport costing around 50 AED.
Zomato is a great website to use to find local restaurants or even order a food delivery. It’s similar in principle to the sites and apps like Just Eat or Deliveroo.
Zomato gives you options to narrow down your search to the services you’re looking for, including food delivery, dining out, and nightlife. It’s a great way to look at what places are recommended.
I’m sure we can all relate to the scenario where you go somewhere new but don’t know what the best or most suitable restaurants are.
Zomato takes away that struggle by showing the restaurant’s reviews, promotions, cuisine, menus, and even allows you to book a table or call the restaurant right there!
Zomato is also available as an app, which you can get on the Apple and Android app stores by simply entering your email or phone number to receive the link.
The Dubai Mall App
Sticking with apps, The Dubai Mall app is an incredibly useful one to have if you have never been to the giant of a mall before!
The app provides in-mall navigation to help you find your way to events taking place inside, unlock offers, and find current trends. The mall is packed full of over 1,200 shops and 200 restaurants and cafes, so a little help may be appreciated! It is great for if you’re looking for something specific or simply feel a little overwhelmed.
Time Out Dubai
Time Out Dubai is undoubtedly a useful site for tourists to plan ahead for their city visit, but did you know that they also have an app?
Time Out Dubai lets you know what’s going on, when, and where, as well as gives you recommendations on eating out and nightlife. The app is somewhat different to the others we’ve mentioned as it’s a weekly guide. This can understandably be very helpful in helping you on your trip as it’s current. It discusses restaurant reviews, cinema listings, and guides to spas and restaurants.
Dubai Travel Guide
The Dubai Travel Guide is a great app to use on your holiday! It is a free travel guide supporting more than 14 languages.
The app shows you all sorts of activities and top rated tours which you can book there and then. It is also very educational, so if you’re interested in learning more about Dubai and the culture, you can read about the history of various locations across the city. The Dubai Travel Guide also offers street and transport maps so you can also plan your routes!
We could only find this app on the Google Play Store, but it may be available on the Apple Store too.
Guzzle is a good choice if you’re looking for offers and deals on food, drinks, brunches, or even pools!
The app has offers at various venues including bars and restaurants, so it is great if you’re looking for savings on the Dubai nightlife! So how do you use it? You show the bartender the offer you want to redeem in the app, at which point the bartender will put in the PIN and serve you the free food, drink, brunch, or even beach offer! The app claims it can offer over 200 AED in savings.
Dubai Maps and Walks
Dubai Maps and Walks is an app which offers exactly that, lots of self-guided city walks!
The app has detailed walking maps and efficient navigation tools. It also allows you to create your own routes and walks, so it is a nice way to explore the city on your own accord without worrying about getting lost! You also do not need to use your data to use the city map.
Within the app, there are the following sightseeing walks for Dubai:
- ‘City Introduction Walk’ which takes you to 6 sights
- ‘Old Dubai’ which takes you to 8 sights
- ‘Deira Shopping’ which takes you to 5 sights
There are also the following discovery walks:
- Bur Dubai Sightseeing Walk and Bur Dubai Shopping Walk
- Shopping and Dining on The Walk
Going in a different direction, Classpass is a fitness site and app which essentially offers at home workouts or helps you find nearby gyms, book sessions, or even find wellness sessions!
ClassPass’ website allows you to book indoor, outdoor, or gym sessions at discounted costs. It also has a whole range of home workouts if you’d prefer to exercise on your own accord. The app similarly allows you to find nearby sessions in whatever form you prefer, whether that’s HIIT, boxing, dance, or yoga, and then book them! You can also schedule massages, facials, or other pamper treatments to enjoy.
Dubai Calendar is a great one for finding and booking events!
The app lists all sorts of upcoming events in Dubai including concerts, festivals, exhibitions, conferences, and promotions. Dubai Calendar’s versatility is what makes it a good one to have as it has listings for all walks of life! The app lets you see directions, buy tickets, and add them to your calendar.
Carrefour Now is a good site to bear in mind if you’re staying in a self catering accommodation. The site prides itself on being able to deliver your shopping in an impressive 60 minutes!
Carrefour is a retail chain but Carrefour Now is a grocery delivery service which has all sorts of everyday items you may need on your trip or even if you live in Dubai! There is also a mobile app which notifies you of deals and promotions for a hassle free shopping experience.
Overall, there are all sorts of apps and websites out there which can help you during the course of your trip to Dubai! Whether you are looking for food delivery, transport, events, deals, or even gyms, hopefully these websites and apps will be able to help you.