Best loved lifestyle websites and apps for expats in Dubai

Published:  13 Oct at 6 PM
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If asked to choose between Dubai’s job opportunities and rewarding levels of salary and the location’s amazing nightlife and endless amenities, most expats would hit on the lifestyle.

Admittedly, work in Dubai can be fascinating and even fun, but the endless choice of hot new venues, restaurants and clubs are the real attraction for the ‘work hard, dream big’ set. Luckily, everything that’s anything features on endless local websites and apps, saving the cool crowd time and effort in choosing the best.

A pick of essential online info wouldn’t be complete without Uber, the ultimate way to travel to exactly where you need to be without the usual pricey detours through unpronounceable suburbs. The average taxi journey in Dubai resembles something from a horror movie, making Uber the only way to travel.

The Entertainer app is another essential as, with prices here at top levels, saving whilst spending at least makes you feel virtuous. It’s the online bible for what’s hot and what’s not, enabling even newbies to dive into Dubai’s delights whilst avoiding social and culinary disasters. The site covers all needs, and is a lifeline for serious foodies.

Dubai Night is number one for party animals, with all the details of existing and upcoming night haunts and events. Its most visited page is ‘What’s Hot Tonight’, a see-and-be- seen bible for the undecided. Expat females love the Ladies Night page with its list of where to get free drinks a well as finding like-minded lassies.

For newbies fresh off the plane and still jetlagged, Dubizzle is a must for finding replacements for everything you forgot to bring with you and somewhere reasonably decent to park it all. Pages and pages of apartments to let will confuse the inexperienced, but rental bargains with actual amenities are out there and, once you’ve a roof of some kind above your head, the jobs pages have potential.

For those determined not to let their social excesses spoil their appearance, GuavaPass is the budget alternative to all those expensively boring gyms. A reasonable monthly fee gives access to a great choice of fitness classes, all of which can be booked online from lists including everything from trampolining to yoga and beyond.

In addition to the above, more apps and websites making life in the desert a breeze include Food on Click, Expat Woman and Dubai Social Ladies, What’s On and the job seekers’ bible, Gulf Talent.New arrivals in this glitzy city have their lifestyles laid on to the extent some may ever forget they came here to work.
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