Apps have changed the way we travel and live. That’s a fact, at least it is for me. I never realised how much I rely on apps until the moment I landed in Cairo, iPhone in my hand and understanding that none of my apps would make life any easier in Egypt. Hence, since I moved to Cairo I am searching for new apps that help navigating this overwhelming city.
Whether you are in Cairo for visiting the pyramids or just looking for a good restaurant in your neighbourhood, I have chosen 10 awesome Cairo apps. They do not only protect your sanity in chaotic and busy Cairo but they’ll ensure that your time in the city of thousand minaretes will be productive, informative and exciting.
10 Apps for Visiting or Living in Cairo
If you live or have lived in Europe or Asia you might know the delivery service foodpanda. Hellofood (in Africa, Middle East and Latin America) is its sister company and a very recent addition to Egypt’s online food delivery scene. Now I hear many Cairenes asking: “But what about Otlob?” Hellofood is a quick and easy way to ordering food online and it takes just three simple clicks to have your food delivered to your doorsteps. iPhone / Android
Cairo 360 is fun and informative guide to restaurants, cafes, nightlife, travelling, events, shopping and much more. I have noticed that many small business don’t have an internet appearance but you are most likely to find some information about them on Cairo 360. Basically, you name it and this app probably has it. Cairo 360 makes living in and exploring Cairo so much more pleasurable. iPhone / Android
Triposo is like Wikitravel meets Tripadvisor. Founded by two ex-Googlers Triposo uses open content from several sources. Cairo is not known for its great 3G coverage nor for an exhaustive wifi network, so you’ll be happy to hear that Triposo provides you with all relevant travel information offline. It even offers recommendations based on weather, time, location and business hours. iPhone / Android
Elmenus is a “comprehensive food discovery platform” which provides users with essential restaurant data including full menues, location and business hours. Users can also upload photos of dishes which I personally find very helpful in order to either see if I like the kind of food (there is a difference between pizza and pizza) or to prevent looking at other people’s table to check if the lasagna looks as good as it sounds. iPhone
Daily News Egypt
Before I head to new adventures and travel to a country, I like to read the history section of my guidebook. I believe that it’s a basic requirement of a good traveller to understand a country’s past and it is equally important to know about its current affairs. Especially if you are not just visiting but living abroad it can be helpful in comprehending local culture and behaviour. Daily News Egypt gives the English speaking world an insight into business, politics and lifestyle topics of Egypt and the Middle East. iPhone / Android
Speak & Translate
Speak & Translate is a free voice translator that allows you to communicate easily in Cairo with every taxi driver or museum guard. The voice translator automatically detects and converts speech into various languages. You are a Spanish speaker? No problem, Speak & Translate does not only work from English to Arabic but it supports 25 languages. iPhone / Android
The Dawaya app is the incarnation of convenience. It is a pharmacy service that brings ease to your life in situations where you just don’t want to go outside and look for the nearest drugstore. Dawaya delivers to your doorsteps without any extra charge and they even sell everything else you would usually find in a drugstore at home like shampoo and make-up. iPhone / Android
In case you don’t want to rely on Speak & Translate anymore and make the effort to learn Arabic, Pocket Lingo is here to serve you. You find over 2000 words and phrases with native speaker audio, you can record your voice to check your pronunciation and you can practise with so-called quicksheets that are guides for common situations. iPhone
Google Maps is usually great with local searches but I made the experience that this is not the case in Cairo. Thus I find Yellow Pages Egypt much more reliable in finding the nearest supermarket, the telephone number of a new restaurant or even driving directions to the next gym. iPhone / Android
Once in a while or if you get frustrated by not understanding what’s being said on the radio, you wish for an English speaking channel. Nile FM does not only inform you about upcoming events in Cairo but it also offer “the perfect blend of the best international chart toppers with a local feel”. iPhone / Android
Tell me in the comments, are there any apps that you can recommend for Cairo?