Technology has come a long, long way since the early days of doing everything on your own. When you have a question, you no longer head to the library; you simply Google it. And when you have a problem, you immediately look for an app to help you out with it. In a world where there are literally millions of apps addressing a seemingly infinite number of needs, we bring you the top 5 must-have apps that will make life at home in Dubai (or any other emirate) so much easier.
A messy home is not only unhygienic but also a source of constant stress. Coming home to piles of clothes and last night’s cookie crumbs on the couch is hardly appealing at the end of a long workday. Helpling UAE makes life at home convenient by addressing that one gruelling task – cleaning up. Simply pick your area, date/time preference and have someone come over to take care of it for you. The app also gives you the option of booking a ‘helpling’ on a regular basis (weekly or bi-monthly) to have routine clean-ups in place.
This particular app made it to our list of must-have apps simply because, with this one task out of the way, you can use your weekends to laze around in pyjamas or head out to town – the possibilities are endless.
Have you ever stopped to wonder how much time you spend waiting in queues at supermarkets? That is lost time, folks. Get your grocery shopping done from the comfort of your home with El Grocer. One of Forbes Top 100 Startups in the Arab world 2017, El Grocer’s partners include 7-eleven, Al Maya and Circle K among others, more or less covering everything one might need in day-to-day life. One of our favourite features of this must-have app is picking your preferred date and time of delivery. Fancy some pasta for dinner? Place the order at work and have ingredients delivered to you at home. It doesn’t get easier than that.
There are always a bunch of odd jobs around the house; little fix-ups that weigh on your mind and live on your to-do list for weeks. If you haven’t been in the UAE long enough, it can be difficult to find the right person for certain tasks. That’s where Mr Usta comes in. The app is essentially a marketplace for all kinds of services- from painting to hanging curtain rods to getting your iPhone repaired. Simply post the job you need to get done with relevant details and have verified providers give you a quote for the task. No more excuses for not getting that leaky tap fixed.
When planning weekends, it’s safe to say that almost all of us set a few hours aside for laundry. No one wants to start off a new work week with an overflowing laundry hamper. And we all know that laundry is not just the washing – it’s putting clothes out to dry, folding or ironing, and then storing your freshly cleaned clothes where they belong. To help you with at least part of the process is an app called Washmen. After you enter your details, the service arranges for someone to collect your laundry, get the job done and drop it back to you on your preferred day and time. It’s super easy to use and accepts various payment methods, including Apple Pay. So the next time you see your laundry hamper piling up, just get on your phone and take care of it right away.
And finally, we give you the essential personal finance tracker app that every list of this type needs. We all spend some time at home figuring out where all our money went. Wally is a handy little tool that helps you do just that. Its clean interface allows you to set savings goals, scan receipts, record your daily expenses and see how you are doing on your monthly budget. One of its coolest features and why it was chosen as a must-have app – when you leave your location services on, it detects and categorizes the venue automatically; all you need to do is enter the amount. It should be interesting to see just how much your daily caramel latté costs you over time.
There you have it – top 5 must-have apps from the tech universe, created just to make your life at home slightly more convenient. Now that you have all this free time, how about checking out the Bayut app on Android and iOS to daydream of your next home? And if you are new in town, here are 10 apps to make your life better in Dubai.
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