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Last update on 01/06/2022
Written by Sophie Cullen

Let your phone do the heavy lifting and download with confidence in your new home thanks to these top 10 must-have apps in Qatar.

Technology has made the idea of moving halfway around the world much more manageable. From food delivery straight to your door to brushing up on your Arabic, and even sorting all of your visa needs, these Qatar apps will make your new life smoother.

1. Metrash2

When moving to Qatar, one of the first apps you’ll want to download is Metrash2. While the name may be a little off-putting, this app from the Qatari government will soon be a vital resource for your new life in the Middle East. Metrash2 is available for free, but you do need to register with your Smart ID once the application is downloaded.

flock of pigeons in central Doha square

The Ministry of Interior app offers a range of services that previously had to be completed face-to-face. On the app, you’ll be able to access over 215 resources that will allow you to complete such tasks as vehicle license renewal, payment of traffic fines, applications for extension of visas, registration of national address, and renewal of residency. Even better, though, is that you’ll get to dodge the long lines at government buildings and do your life admin from the comfort of your own phone.

Other must-have government apps in Qatar:

  • Hukoomi – the official online information and e-services portal of the Government of Qatar

2. Urban Point

Who doesn’t love to grab a discount every now and then? Thankfully, Urban Point is one Qatar app that promises to keep your costs down. Working with over 4000 different restaurants, hotels, and entertainment destinations, including Outback Steakhouse, Baskin Robbins, and City Centre Rotana Doha, this is the lifestyle app you need to save on everyday experiences.

interior of famous shopping mall in Doha, with internal canal

Getting started with your savings is free and simple. Just download the app, pick your discount, inform the staff that you’ll be snagging a deal with Urban Point, and then they’ll do the rest. Best of all, the offers available renew every month, so you can keep returning to your favorite spots.

Other useful discount apps in Qatar:

  • IAM QATAR – for daily promotions, in-store sales, and hypermarket offers
  • The Entertainer – for buy-one-get-one-free deals at restaurants, spas, and attractions
  • My Book Qatar – save money at a variety of restaurants and hotels

3. Qatari Phrasebook

Created by the team at the Arabic language program of Georgetown University Qatar, Qatari Phrasebook is a must-have for expats new to the country. Available for both Android and iOS, this free app was developed to make it easier for foreigners to converse with locals in the Qatari Arabic dialect and includes native audio pronunciation of words and phrases.

Qatari women chatting and smiling

Featuring Arabic text, along with phonetic spellings and spoken words, you can use the app both for study and for help in day-to-day situations. The different categories include numbers, money, transportation, and weather, with each pronunciation recorded by students from the university.

Other must-have language apps in Qatar:

4. Qatar Living Classifieds

With all its glitzy high-rise living, new arrivals can find it a struggle to live sustainably in Qatar. However, a great way to reduce your carbon footprint––and save a little money––is by shopping second-hand. Thankfully, Qatar Living Classifieds is just a click away: your new one-stop shop for purchases large or small.

foreigners buying things at a souk in Qatar

Here, you’ll find everything from pre-loved furniture to vintage clothing to toys for the kids at affordable prices. The tech section is filled with laptops, cell phones, and camera equipment. Animal lovers will want to make a bee-line for the pet department for excess food and a variety of accessories. If you’re looking for an apartment in Qatar, it also has a property section for your perusal. There’s even a freebie category where you may just find your very next sofa or washing machine for absolutely nothing.

Other must-have shopping apps in Qatar:

  • Namshi – shop fashion from your mobile phone
  • Floward – for online flower and gift delivery in Qatar

5. Baqaala

If you’re in need of fresh seafood, seasonal vegetables, and pantry essentials in Doha, then be sure to download Baqaala during your first week in Qatar. This popular online grocery app is available in English and Arabic and allows you to dodge the long lines at the supermarket by shopping from your sofa, office, or just about anywhere!

bowls of colorful spices in Qatari marketplace

To get started, you’ll need to download the app and input your payment details. Next, enter your address and you’ll get a list of grocery stores near your location. Then, all you have to do is go shopping! When you’re done, simply choose a delivery slot and your family’s weekly groceries will be conveniently delivered to your home.

Other must-have food delivery apps in Qatar:

  • Talabat – for restaurant, flowers, and pharmaceutical delivery
  • QFresh – fresh and frozen grocery staples delivered direct to your door

6. Karwa Taxi

Thanks to its relatively small size, getting around Qatar is surprisingly easy, particularly in the capital, Doha. While driving is popular with most locals, there is a well-funded public transit system should you prefer to travel greener. However, it’s still important to know the local tricks if you want to get from A to B as stress-free as possible. One app that can help you with that is Karwa Taxi.

taxi in Qatar with Karwa turquoise livery

Beloved by locals and expats in Qatar alike for its affordable prices, Karwat will help you get wherever you need to go. The iconic turquoise Karwa taxi brand is government-owned and offers safe and reliable metered transport across the country. The app functions like a traditional ride-hailing service. Additionally, you can also select what kind of ride you’d like to take, including regular taxis, accessible vehicles, and limousines.

Other must-have mobility apps in Qatar include:

7. Kahramaa

If you’ve recently moved to Qatar, one of the first things you’ll need to sort out is your home utilities. However, unlike in many Western countries, the Qatari system has one sole provider of water and electricity. This makes it nice and convenient for new arrivals, and life gets even easier when you download the app!

a bucket overflowing with water at Qatari well

The Kahramaa app is an easy way to settle and view your previous and current bills. A range of e-services also means that you don’t have to even need to leave the house to report service disruption, update E-bill information, track service statuses, or get a current meter reading. Have a query about your bill or contract? The app also allows you to contact customer service directly with complaints or issues.

Other must-have administration apps in Qatar:

  • Qatar Pay – an e-wallet for cashless payments and bill tracking
  • Qatar Cool – for paying your air-conditioning bills

8. QTickets

Are you looking for fun things to do in Qatar for the whole family? QTickets will ensure that you get the movie, play, and sports tickets you want from the convenience of your mobile phone. Avoid long queues for tickets to international events, and also book directly for popular cinemas like Royal Plaza, Villaggio, and The Mall.

A group of friends at a cinema in Qatar

It’s not just movie tickets, either. On the app, you’ll also find offers tickets to luxe beach clubs like Hilton Salwa Beach Resort and Villas. And if you’re feeling like getting your adrenaline pumping, it even has some adventurous activities for the whole family like Mangrove Sunset Kayaking and Desert Falls Water and Adventure Park.

Other must-have events apps in Qatar:

  • Qatar Events – for finding out what’s happening in Qatar

9. QatarPrayer

Home to over 2,000 mosques, Islam is the official religion in Qatar. QatarPrayer is an app that shows prayer times specifically for the region. It is based on information from Qatar Calendar House, the body tasked with tracking astronomy across the country.

The State Mosque of Qatar in Doha

The app functions by sending notifications or audio reminders to your phone. Along with a Qibla compass that works across the globe, the app also includes Quran Radio and the Islamic Calendar that denotes holidays and festivals for the country.

Other prayer apps in Qatar include:

  • Azan Qatar – find mosques and get prayer reminders in Qatar

10. Quick Serve

Never feel overwhelmed by domestic chores again thanks to Quick Serve, one of the must-have apps in Qatar. This handy app offers hourly home cleaning services at the push of a button. Get your apartment tidied before entertaining or arrange a cleaner at the office and arrive home to a clean living space.

room in Doha cleaned by an app cleaning service

On top of cleaning, you can also book laundry services through Quick Serve. Choose a convenient time for collection and they will come and get your laundry, take it away to be cleaned and pressed, and deliver it to your door. Starting at just 6 QAR for small garments, there’s also an option to get a 24-hour turnaround, perfect for when you’ve just got back from holiday or if you have a wardrobe emergency.

Other useful Qatar apps for the home: