Adding to that. I am an expat living in Dubai. So there is no (human) village or support system to help in my day to day list of chores and tasks.
So here comes my virtual village, my little super heroes. The small squares that fill my phone screen. My life saving apps.
Laundry, grocery, doctor appointments, cleaning services, beauty treatments, plumbers, handy men, are all just a touch away.
They save me time and energy. And with no human interaction and a minimal to zero error they decrease my stress levels. (Talking to people is stressful you know?)
And you know what? They save me money. Because at the tap of my finger I can compare prices from different apps and choose the price that suits me.
A few extra ones that could be useful:
Pharmacy and medical services
My 3 year old daughter decided to develop a fever of 40 degrees the day I was delivering my second child. While I was in the hospital bed I was able to find a doctor in my range that accepts my insurance card, schedule an appointment and I even chose the languages am comfortable with, in half an hour she was in a car off to see a doctor.
Blue bag means wash and fold, green is clean and press, and the white bag is press only. Zero error, no language barrier and everybody is on the same page. My card is charged and no cash hassle is encountered.
Car and transportation services
Keno is a Dubai-based Car Wash app. The application’s user-interface is remarkable. Once you download it, you register, fill in your details and add your cars Keno is as easy as it gets, in an hour your car is cleaned your card is charged and you don’t have to move from your spot. Yes it’s double what you pay at a gas station, but time is money, and I choose to buy my time and convenience.. The app was initially a bit buggy when I used it, but after a few tries, I managed to book a car cleaning.
You get your car washed for Dh35 and interior cleaning for Dh15. Even if you live in a building and your car is parked in a multi-storey lot the Keno staff will get to it on their motorcycle with a mini water tank and cleaning supplies in the box on the back. While booking your car wash, mention your apartment or office number for your building’s security guards – just in case, together with the parking level and spot number.
You would think that I would have time to go to a gas station these days, but honestly, I really don’t.
Other transport apps to use
Money saving apps
I even use their at home pampering sessions at the end of a hectic day of running a household. Urban plan gets you the best beauty services to your home with the cheapest prices and best deals I have encountered in Dubai. All my friends agree too. Eyebrow threading for just Dh20? Sign me up.
Founded in 2011, Mumzworld was founded by busy parents who have one goal in mind, to create a pool of information about a wide range of children’s products not readily available at malls or other online stores in the Middle East. Now this site offers branded items with free delivery for every Dh200 worth of orders within the UAE and KSA. Each time you buy online, the site offers rewards through their Mumz Loyalty Program with lots of members-only benefits.
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