The 7 apps to upgrade your lifestyle in Dubai


Are you in Dubai and looking to tap into that enviable lifestyle you’ve heard about? These apps are your ticket in.


Poolside at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai. Image credit: Yuliya Pankevich/Unsplash

In Dubai, there seems to be an app for everything, which means you don’t have to be a local to know how to make the most of the buzzing city. These Dubai apps give you access to everything the city has to offer, right at your fingertips.

Privilee – get exclusive access to private beach resorts

Dubai’s most desired beach clubs are within easy reach with a Privilee membership.

With this Dubai app, you can hop between Palazzo Versace and Jumeirah Zabeel Saray or one of the many other five-star locations to make every day feel like a holiday.

The membership opens up more than 65 private beaches and pools as well as more than 75 gyms across the UAE and can be purchased monthly or yearly.

St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi was recently added to Privilee, so there’s no reason not to book a Blacklane chauffeured ride out to Abu Dhabi and back to really treat yourself.

Blacklane – take your travel seriously 

Everyone knows about ride hailing and its perks of on-demand pickups and app-based bookings. But, did you know you can elevate your quick pickup with Blacklane’s new chauffeur hailing service in Dubai?

When you download the Blacklane app, you can book rides immediately or schedule them in advance for airport transfers or longer-distance rides out to nearby emirates, including Abu Dhabi. 

Blacklane’s app makes it easy to manage your rides whenever you like. Blacklane’s fixed-price rides mean you don’t need to worry about hidden costs when you make a booking.

Interior of Blacklane vehicle.

Viya – a luxury lifestyle rewards app

Pairing with leading hotels in the city, including Mandarin Oriental and Andaz Dubai The Palm, Viya gives its customers access to some of the best facilities, restaurants and beaches around.

For avid golfers, premium destinations such as the Emirates Golf Club and Jumeirah Golf Estates can be accessed at exclusive rates from this Dubai-based app.

You can earn up to AED1 in rewards for every AED 10 spent at a Viya partner to put towards experiences exclusive to Viya customers.

Ounass – The Dubai app for luxury shopping

Luxury shopping has never been easier with Ounass, a Dubai-based online store that boasts collections from top brands including Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and Fendi.

Scroll through the exclusive capsule collections of select designers or shop by item – from shoes and handbags to gifts and homewares – everything you didn’t know you needed is likely here.

You can pick the perfect outfit over morning coffee and be wearing it for your brunch date thanks to the two-hour delivery window for all orders in Dubai. 

Washmen – for all your on-demand laundry needs

Don’t make another drycleaning trip in Dubai. Washmen will pick up your laundry from your door and deliver it back to you all via a fully contactless service in the app.

You simply place an order with your preferred pick-up and drop-off date and time and a driver will come and collect your laundry.

The app offers a clean and press service for your clothing, bedding, and towels as well as a clean and fold service for your activewear. 

The service also offers free recycling on plastic and paper items when a laundry order is placed.

Urban Company – Beauty treatments and home cleaning in one Dubai app

Urban Company provides a platform for you to connect with trained professionals across a number of fields.

In Dubai, you can book a salon or spa treatment, get a haircut, have your pet groomed, or get a COVID-19 test done all from the comfort of your own home.

The app also has cleaners, trained repairers, and professionals who can help with moving or painting.

All professionals on the platform are skilled and experienced in their industries and must undergo intensive training with Urban Company before being able to list their services on the platform. 

DubaiNow – a one-stop admin shop

While it may not be considered a luxury app, DubaiNow takes the stress (and time) out of having to access government services — especially for those who would like to extend their stay in the emirate.

Need to pay your bills or track the status of your visa application? DubaiNow enables users to take care of admin tasks without making it feel like too much of a chore.