- El Grocer
- NRTC Fresh
- Carrefour Now
- Union Coop
- Waitrose & Partners
- Martin’s Meats
- Down to Earth
Considering the recent COVID-19 outbreak, Dubai residents are trying to avoid leaving the house as much as possible. Whether you are new to the city or a Dubai veteran who wants a new way to avoid the weekly trolley dash, here are 15 grocery apps that you can use for grocery delivery in Dubai.
DON’T ALL SUPERMARKETS OFFER GROCERY DELIVERY IN Dubai ANYWAY?
It is true that if you know who to call, you can get most things, from takeaway food to steaming hot chai or clean laundry, delivered to your door in Dubai. Most supermarkets do in fact deliver, from the mighty hypermarket chains, right down to the tiny local independent grocery stores. And while online supermarkets in Dubai abound, using a smartphone app is even more convenient.
This is where grocery apps in Dubai really come into play, helping you get exactly what you want to be delivered to your doorstep.
Here is our roundup of popular grocery apps in Dubai, along with suggestions for specialists, such as meat or organic retailers, so you can tap and swipe your way to a store cupboard, fridge and freezer full of household goods. All the grocery delivery apps listed are available for both iOS and Android users.
Best grocery apps in Dubai
For grocery delivery in Dubai, these are the online apps to consider as one of these are bound to show up if are searching for ‘grocery delivery near me’.
1. INSTASHOP DUBAI
Launched in 2015, Instashop is a grocery delivery app in Dubai that covered just a small part of Dubai Marina when it started out, but has gradually spread to most of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, making it one of the best-known online supermarkets in Dubai.
- The Instashop Dubai app is simple to use – enter the address, then the app presents a number of supermarkets close to the location.
- Select a preferred store, then select your products.
- There is a minimum order of AED 20 for free delivery, and you can pay by cash or card on delivery or online in advance.
- The Instashop Dubai app also displays how long your shopping will take, usually upwards of one hour, which we think is a small price to pay to avoid getting in the car and queuing up with a trolley.
Working in a similar way to Instashop, Trolley.ae is another grocery delivery app in Dubai that caters to most residential areas and offers free delivery for orders of more than AED 100. You can get all the goods you would normally find in a supermarket on the app, although you will need to order before 07:00 pm if you want your groceries the same day. Perfect for getting those essentials in for an evening meal.
3. EL GROCER
Another middleman app, El Grocer picks your nearest partner supermarket allowing you to choose your goods from an online selection.
Your groceries will be delivered to your door in around an hour, depending on availability. There is no delivery charge, but El Grocer Dubai will receive a commission on any goods you buy. The app is also available in Arabic making it one of the best grocery apps in Dubai catering to all audiences.
This is an app for those frequently purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Kibsons offers products from around the world, including a good selection of organic produce. You can even choose environmentally friendly packaging as well, where they deliver your fruits and veggies in cartons rather than plastic bags.
5. NRTC FRESH
Fruit and veggies lovers can also download NRTC Fresh app. They deliver the freshest products directly from their farm to your doorstep at the most attractive prices. You can even contact their customer service for complaints and queries.
This is a new grocery delivery platform for Dubai residents available on both Google Play and App Store. You can choose products from a wide range of categories such as meats, fruits, seafood, disposables and pet care. You can also check out the ‘new arrivals’ section. Just place your order, select your location and get efficient grocery delivery.
This useful app is more than just a grocery delivery app. You can set up your shopping preferences in BulkWhiz to avoid selecting recurring products every time you make a purchase. You can also set up scheduled deliveries of bulk items. The items are delivered every two weeks by the same delivery person.
Supermarket delivery apps in Dubai
8. CARREFOUR Grocery Delivery App Dubai
Carrefour, which is one of the biggest supermarket chains in Dubai, now has its own online delivery app. The best part is that it’s multilingual – in English and Arabic.
The app is usable for all of the Carrefour store brands – Hypermarket, Carrefour City, Carrefour Market as well as Carrefour Webstore.
The app also lets users know about the latest offers and deals available at the stores. You can even upload your MyClub loyalty card information to collect points and view vouchers. So while there are Carrefour stores in Dubai at all convenient locations, you can make life easier by ordering groceries from Carrefour online in Dubai.
9. Union Coop
Union Coop, one of the largest supermarket chains in Dubai known for its high-quality products, also has its own smart app where shoppers can avail of a variety of services digitally. You can search for and buy from a range of 26,000 products. Simply download the app and complete the registration using the Union Coop Tamayaz card. Along with earning points and rewards, you can also access your shopping history for the last 10 purchases.
10. LuLu Hypermarket
The next app on our list helps you buy from the popular LuLu retail chain on the go. The app has several excellent features and you can quickly glance at the latest news, offers and deals at your nearest LuLu Hypermarket as well as LuLu Webstore. The hypermarket will deliver your groceries on the same day, or at most the day after your order.
11. Waitrose & Partners
Another amazing online grocery delivery app that you can download is for Waitrose, one of the popular supermarkets for British expats in the UAE. Creating an account is very easy. The simple layout helps you view existing orders, review your cart and add new items. Waitrose members can avail all the offers they get the store. There are no delivery charges and you can book your preferred time slots with 1-hour delivery time. Delivery is available 7 days a week.
Please note, that they only deliver to select localities such as Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. You can register on the app with your address to find out if they deliver to your area.
Best online apps in Dubai for buying meat online
If you are searching for a grocery delivery app in Dubai that specialises in delivering meat products, here are a few you can choose from.
12. MARTIN’S MEATS
Started by Irishman Martin Lee in 2013, Martin’s Meats has become something of an institution for in-the-know shoppers in Dubai. You can order your meat directly from Martin who delivers to all new customers himself. Martin selects different types and cuts of meats from a series of pre-made up boxes and you can also make your own box after selecting the products yourself.
Springbok is another app that allows online grocery in Dubai for meats. As the name suggests, was started by South Africans and offers fresh meat delivery in Dubai as well as Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
Being a South African company, they also provide all you would need for a traditional braai or barbecue, which is such a key part of South African culture, including catering for events of up to 150 people. However, if what you want is fresh meat for your family delivered to your door, Springbok’s new app is just what you need. Pay by cash, card or cheque on delivery.
Planning to make a special dish at home? You can easily order gourmet and specialised products with Soopa app. With this mobile application connects you with speciality grocery stores and meat places across the city.
ORGANIC grocery delivery apps Dubai
15. DOWN TO EARTH ORGANIC online groceries Dubai
If you are searching organic online groceries in Dubai m Down to Earth is the place to check out. It is the first of the UAE-based organic brands to introduce app-based delivery, allowing customers to log on and choose from their range of foods, cosmetics and hair care products. One avenue Down to Earth has not explored yet is the fresh fruit and vegetable sector. But if you are in need of organic breakfast cereal, for example, as well as grains, rice, pasta and so on, as well as gluten-free products or dairy substitute foods, Down to Earth is the place to get them in a few clicks. If you are keen on going completely chemical-free, check out our blog on organic food for information on fresh organic food in the UAE.
Other popular online delivery services include the following:
- Marks & Spencer Food (select locations only)
- Early Bird
- Quality Food
We hope you enjoyed our roundup of best online grocery shopping apps in Dubai. We have also compiled a list of the best food delivery apps in Dubai that you can check out.
Have you found any other must-have apps for making life in Dubai easier? Let us know in the comments below.