No doubt, technology has rapidly expanded in Qatar and other Arab countries in the last few years. As everything goes online, apps designed for various purposes have made lives easier and a lot more convenient.
Here is a list of five essential apps to use in Qatar.
#1 – Stay safe: EhterazSince May of this year, Ehteraz has been a mandatory app for all residents in Qatar. The app enables contact tracing to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Ehteraz faced scrutiny when it launched due to security issues, though some of these have been fixed over the past few months. Despite this, there is still more work to do.
#2 – Order food: Talabat
With life primarily taking place at home these days, we’re eating in at home more often than ever before. While the lockdown has unleashed many skills in the kitchen, others have opted to get clicking.
The Talabat food delivery app makes lazy days more delicious by offering meals from thousands of restaurants and grocery shops directly from your phone. It also features delivery tracking so you don’t need to wonder where your meal is.
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While it is likely the most popular delivery app, Talabat has no doubt faced growing competition in recent years, including Rafeeq and Carriage.
#3 – Access government services: Metrash2
Daunting tasks that require long visits to ministry buildings are a thing of the past. Metrash2 makes government services accessible directly from your phone. The app lets you renew visas, settle traffic violations, enquire about official documents and access plenty of other services.
#4 – Get around: Karwa TaxiAs restrictions ease off across the country, it’s important to safely get out and about. Karwa, a local alternative to the leading taxi order service Uber, makes it easy to get a cab at the click of a button.
Karwa offers tracking and upfront fares to ensure a good user experience. Perhaps the best benefit of using Karwa over other ride-hailing services, is its extremely competitive pricing. The app was also recently updated to allow for payments through Apple Pay on iPhone.
#5 – Buy and sell: Qatar Living ClassifiedsQatar Living Classifieds is a great service offered by Qatar Living and provides a platform for users to buy and sell products within the country. From cars, properties, phones, and even jobs, you can get pretty much anything straight from your phone.
#Bonus: Track prayers using QatarPrayerFor Muslims living in Qatar, the QatarPrayers app offers the most accurate prayer times of any app in the country. It features everything you would expect from a prayers app, including qibla direction, athan notifications, and even a widget to track upcoming prayers.
These are just six of many essential apps to use on your iPhone or Android phone in Qatar. What are the apps you can’t go without?