Here are the 31 life-changing smartphone apps that we just can’t get enough of. From health to news to food delivery, here’s what needs adding to your homescreen.
(All apps are free and available for iPhones and Androids.)
An ‘appy, healthy life
7 Minute workout: Working out doesn’t have to meet time out from your day. These simple workout sessions target areas of the body we’d probably all like to improve in less time than it takes to programme a treadmill. No equipment is needed and each move is demonstrated, so there’s no excuse for bailing out.
Weightmonitor UAE: Suggests a meal plan according to your lifestyle and needs, offers its users unrestricted access to a dedicated personal nutritionist and tracks your calorie intake and outtake, so you can eat the right stuff and stay healthy. Just don’t switch it on during brunch.
TummyFish: Launched by Dubai Health Authority, this cute little fish encourages children aged 4-6 to drink water more regularly. Available in both English and Arabic, this perky pisces rewards kids by allowing them to unlock games after crossing various obstacles
mrUsta: Got a chore list longer than a rush-hour traffic jam? mrUsta is an open, online marketplace that allows customers to find quality service providers. Customers deal directly with no middlemen and receive offers based on their requirements, with no hassles.
Food, fodder, grub
Zomato: Browse restaurants near you, search for the cuisine you’re craving or get suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The order online feature lets you do it all without the chat and Zomato’s support is super helpful if things go awry.
Linkedin Job Search: Need a career upgrade? Linkedin Job Search gives you all the tools to easily find your dream job – or let it find you. You can do quick and easy job search based on title, location or keywords.
Pocket: The simplest ways to save the things you want to find or read later like articles, recipes, videos and other items from app or web to your Pocket account for easy access later.
Flipboard: Whether you’re a news fanatic or simply want to get the headlines to stay updated, this is the app for you. After you download, you get the option to select the topics you’re most interested in, then the app creates themed magazines that are personalised to your tastes so you can do all your reading about the world in one go.
Manage everyday errands
Carry App: Imagine having a personal assistant, without the need of making any phone calls. Delivering packages has never been easier, with a network of drivers available via GPS location and at your service with a touch of a button.
My Small Community: Are you new to Dubai and find it hard to get all the necessary information about your neighbourhood? A free and private social network for neighbours to share information about issues, events, school activities, professional recommendations, garage sales or even lost pets.
Dollarbird: Organize your finances instead of going broke! With this you can track and forecast your money by simply putting in events to your calendar to plan ahead so you don’t have too much month left before your payday.
Dubai Mall app: Shopping at Dubai Mall will no longer be a maze quest and it’ll be much easier to navigate the largest mall in the world using wayfinding feature on the Dubai Mall app. All you have to do is input the store or restaurant and you will be guided straight there.
Shedd: Declutter your closet for trendy new outfits, give the clothes you don’t wear anymore a second life and make money from your unworn, duplicate or unwanted fashion. All you have to do is snap a picture and post it! You also can buy all kinds of high-end fashion including handbags, clothes, shoes – you name it.
Netflix: Since it came to Dubai, it has revolutionised the way we watch our movies and TV shows. Simply watch online or stream right into your smart TV, game console, PC, Mac, mobile, tablet and more. What’s your must-binge series?
Shazam: Has it ever happened to you that you’re in a restaurant or club and you hear an amazing song but don’t know the name? Shazam can identify that song you hear but just can’t place – in seconds – even with background noise or voices.
Adobe Premiere Clip: Create fast and quality videos on your mobile phone that can also be easily shared. Simple editing, adding music, custom lighting and colour to enhance the appearance, and lots more can be done.
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