It's no secret that life in Egypt can be difficult, however some things become simpler at the swipe of a touch screen. Here are the top apps you should have on your phone...
Truecaller is a phonebook replacement that allows you to search beyond existing contacts, identify unknown incoming calls, and block the calls you wish to avoid. Sadly, Egypt suffers from a pervert problem as men randomly call numbers in search of a women’s voice to get off on. We know this sounds terrible but is true, so to avoid some creep calling you a million times a day, we suggest Truecaller.
Traffic in Cairo is tale as old as time. It would be quite interesting if there was away to record just how much of our lives we spend in traffic. Although there is no app that we know that does this, there is Bey2ollak, an app that shows the degree of congestion on roads all across Cairo to help you save time no matter where you are heading. Changing with the times Bey2ollak have expanded beyond traffic and will inform its users of location where bombs have been discovered or have detonated, giving you not only the opportunity to skip the traffic, but also to remain all in one piece.
No matter who your provider is, data packages for your smartphone are expensive, and not being careful of not exceeding data allotted can burn a massive hole in your wallet. In order to avoid a massive bill, we suggest DataMan, an app that conveniently keeps track of your data usage, and warns you when you are close to going over your data cap.
Addicted to shopping, but don’t want to brave terrible weather or traffic conditions? Than download the Kickin’ app that allows you to shop for just about anything, while highlighting special sales conveniently from your phone.
It's prayer time and you are lost in the desert landscape or concrete jungle. How will you make sure that your prayers are received if you have no idea what direction to pray in? Well that is when downloading AlQibla app comes in handy as it works as a compass using your phone's GPS.
Travelling to a country in which you don’t speak the language? Well rise above the language barrier with Google Translate, a free app that translates between 90 languages so that you never find yourself lost in translation.
Want to stay in touch with friends without having to pay for each and every text you send? Then download Whatsapp, one of the most used apps in the world that keep you in touch, also allowing you to share photos and video messages with friends and family. We assume you already have this app, but if you don’t DOWNLOAD IT NOW, and thanks us later.
Sometimes the price of a night stay in Egypt will cost you more if you book in person or by phone. Before making that reservation download this app and find out how much you save. We assume the reasons online prices are cheaper is because of the endless travel providers online competing to offer the absolute cheapest price.
Want to watch a movie or try a new restaurant without wasting the money or getting sick? Then we recommend Cairo 360 your ultimate review guide which will give you an idea if that unfamiliar restaurant is worth trying or affordable. At the same time it conveniently displays cinema times in all theatres and will also tell you if that new Vin Diesel film is worth the aneurysm.
Looking for a ticket to the must attend event of the year? Then chances are you need to download Tazkarty. The on-the-go booking app for the best restaurants, clubs and bars in Egypt, also puts nationwide reservations for big events at your fingertips. Tickets delivered straight to your door. Cash on delivery.
Hungry but can’t or don’t feel like cooking, then download Elmenus a convenient app that lists all the restaurants in your area, as well as allows you to peruse their menus and order through the app to help satisfy your cravings.
Tuk Tuk Drift
Stuck in traffic and looking to kill some time? Well download Tuk Tuk Drift, an authentic Cairo-based game that allows you to weave through traffic like a true Egyptian even if you are stuck in it.
Changing the taxi game globally is Uber, the app that will find the nearest professional driver to your location and send him your way. All drivers are trained and guaranteed, and the app will tell you how long it will take to get to you and how much the trip you plan to make will cost you before even getting in. New to Egypt, many are already claiming that the fares are a lot cheaper than regular cabs, and is automatically charged to your credit, freeing you from having to negotiate a price that isn’t literal highway robbery.
Lost souls no longer have to swim around in a fishbowl year after year, and instead download Tinder. Tinder, originally designed for people looking for a quick hook up, has expanded into the go to app for finding anything from willing sex partners to lifetime companions.
It's hard to keep track of all of your friends contacts across various social media platforms. Looking to make finding that contact easier is Kablao!, which conveniently places all your contacts social media handles in one place, allowing to you contact them quicker and put them in touch with other contacts at a swipe of a touch screen.
The Vodafone Literacy App
Sadly, there are millions of illiterate people in Egypt. Looking to help solve this troubling issue is a new app developed by Vodafone, which aims to eradicate the country's soaring illiteracy rate, allowing illiterate adults to learn to read and write in their own time, and in conjunction with their daily commitments.
If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, Yalahwy has got you covered. Yalahwy is a new Egyptian app that notifies your Facebook friends if anything goes wrong when you're out and about, freeing you up to try an argue your way out of the problem, while your friends mobilise to come to your defense.