Thanks to technology, we can use our mobile phones, not just for calling and messaging. From getting a ride, completing government transactions, ordering a meal, and more - we can do many things with just a few clicks. These apps make our lives easier by saving us time and energy, with some of them even helping us save money.
So whether you're living in Qatar, moving to Qatar, or just visiting, take a look at these apps that have been the most helpful this year. The best part is, all of these apps are free to download!
First up is the app of the year, none other than the COVID-19 app called Ehteraz. Announced in April, it was then made mandatory to be downloaded in May. Today, we can't go anywhere without it as it's required to show your Green Healthy status upon entering an establishment.
Read more on Ehteraz:
Metrash2 by the Ministry of Interior allows Qatari citizens and residents to access more than 215 services provided by the Ministry straight from their mobile phone anytime.
According to MOI, the most used services in 2020 were the registration of the national address, renewal of residency, payment of traffic fines, renewing the vehicle's license, and extending the visas. As of September 2020, more than 2 million people use the Metrash2 app with 5.5 million completed transactions and 9 million inquiries, as announced by the MOI on its Twitter account.
Learn more about Metrash2 here:
With restaurants closed for dine-in a few months this year due to the pandemic, food delivery apps saw a surge in usage. Those who don't want to cook at home can easily choose from various restaurants to order food to be delivered straight at their doorstep. From a few food delivery apps, we also now have more options in Qatar: Talabat, Carriage, Rafeeq, Snoonu, Fingertips, Wishbox, Foodak, Trackoo, and more.
These food delivery apps not only deliver food from restaurants, but users can also order groceries, pharmaceutical products, toys, flowers, and a lot more.
Check out more information about food delivery apps in Qatar and how to download here: Food delivery apps in Qatar for when you don’t want to cook or eat out
With a lot of people staying home this year, supermarkets and hypermarkets also had to adapt. Lulu, Carrefour, and Al Meera have their own mobile apps where you can grocery shop just with a few clicks at the comfort of your home and have it delivered to you. These grocery apps not only have a shopping option, but it’s also handy for earning rewards!
There are also other online grocery apps like Baqaala, Foody, QFresh, Suncart, and more. You can also order fresh seafood and meat straight from an app!
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Do you always want to be updated on all the important events happening in Qatar? The Qatar Events app is just what you need! It's free to download, and you can access different events happening today, this week, or later in the country. You can also filter the events based on event type - Entertainment, Arts & Culture, Sports, Food & Dining, Community, and more.
Like food and groceries, you can also order pharmacy products straight from an app and have it delivered at home. In Qatar, you have different options to choose from - Care n Cure, Rimads, and Wellcare. As mentioned above, you can also order your pharmacy needs from food delivery apps!
Check out the pharmacy apps in Qatar here: https://www.iloveqatar.net/guide/general/online-pharmacy-delivery-qatar
If you don't have your own vehicle, then Qatar's transportation apps are what you need to help you get around Qatar.
If you want to take the Doha Metro, you can download the Qatar Rail app to help you plan your journey, manage your Travel Card, and get more information about the Doha Metro. You can also download the metroexpress app, so you'll be able to enjoy free rides to and from select Metro stations. If you use metrolink, the Karwa Bus app can help you with the routes and bus stops.
Want to take a taxi? Have the Karwa app handy. You can also download ride-hailing apps like Uber, Careem, and Ryde.
Download these apps here and get more information about its services:
The Kahramaa app allows you to pay your electricity and water bills easily. You can also access Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation's e-services such as tracking service status, updating E-bills email, and self-meter reading.
Aside from Ehteraz and Metrash2, other Ministries also have their own mobile applications. These apps had become in handy, especially this year when government offices were closed due to covid-19 restrictions. Some of the popular Ministry apps are:
Please read all about the Ministry apps and download them here: Guide to Qatar's Ministry mobile apps and e-services
If you're living in Qatar and owns a mobile phone, then you either use Ooredoo or Vodafone app. Being the only telecommunications company in Qatar, their app makes it convenient to be able to use their services.
With the Ooredoo App, you can top-up your balance, pay your Ooredoo bill, earn and redeem rewards, and keep track of your internet, call, or text balance. Download the Ooredoo App here.
The My Vodafone App allows you to recharge your data, check your account balance (SMS, minutes, or data), manage all your numbers, pay your bill, and access Vodafone's offers. Download My Vodafone App here.
Are you team Google Maps or do you prefer to use Waze better? Whether you drive or take a taxi, you probably have used either of the two most popular navigation apps in Qatar. Both are owned by Google and have many similar features.
With Google Maps, you not only have access to real-time directions and traffic information but you can also see information on local businesses such as restaurants, landmarks, etc. Directions for driving and walking are available as well as train info. Other notable features include automatic rerouting, offline maps, and street view.
Waze allows drivers to report real-time information on traffic accidents, road closures, or speed limits. To use Waze, you need an internet connection. You can choose from different voice navigation options such as celebrity voices. The app also lets you know if you're going over the speed limit.
Always know what’s happening on the road with Waze. Even if you know the way, Waze tells you about traffic, construction, police, crashes, and more in real-time. If traffic is bad on your route, Waze will change it to save you time.
Qatar's premiere PC store also launched its own app this year! Everything you need for PC gaming you can easily order the biggest international gaming brands through the new Store 974 app. You don't have to deal with international shipping and surprise taxes.
With the Store 974 app, you can easily compare products, check your order status, make a wishlist, save your order history, and read reviews.
You can also avail of discounts and rewards through the Level Up Rewards program. Collect points every time you make a new purchase and you can then use these points to get discounts and free upgrades!
Do check out our previous article here on Qatar's useful apps: Useful apps that make life in Qatar seamless!
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