Top Saudi Arabian Mobile App Startups to watch out for

The Arab world is witnessing a significant shift towards entrepreneurship, especially with the emergence of a number of startups. So, from being known as a nation which is economically dependent on oil, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is slowly moving towards being a global industrial conglomerate with different kinds of economic diversification initiatives. And, with a considerable rise in the number of smartphone users, there is a rapid increase in startups centered on the technological world of mobile apps.

Let us take a quick look at some of the best startups in Saudi Arabia based on mobile apps. It would serve as an ideal guide for your enterprise if you are lining up a few mobile app ideas for the Middle East region, primarily targeting Saudi Arabia.

Morni

This is an interactive platform that offers on-demand roadside assistance in Saudi Arabia via a smartphone app for both Android and iOS. The company was founded in 2014 by Salman Al-Suhaibaney and received a funding of around $1.1 million.

Morni has since emerged as a popular startup that offers its services to businesses and even individuals. The best part about this firm is that it reaches out to its consumers through a mobile app that is totally free to use.

The app also provides services for gas or fuel delivery, tire changes and repairs, battery services and replacements, towing, and more. So, the app focuses on vehicle breakdowns on the road which leads to a driver facing difficulties in getting timely help to get the problem fixed or sometimes even determining the nearest provider who can help. So, Morni provides this help to vehicle owners right at their fingertips, who now no longer need to worry about being lost in the middle of nowhere if and when their cars break down.

HelloFood

This online mobile app startup enables you to order food from different restaurants, including KFC, Quiznos, Canton, Burger King, Tako Hut, Amo Hamza, Hardees, and Herfy, to several known cities in Saudi Arabia, such as Jeddah, Mecca, Riyadh, Al Ahsa, Madinah, and Dhahran. It offers mobile apps for Android as well as iOS device users.

HelloFood was started to fasten the process of ordering food from restaurants. And, it now even enables the users to keep track of their orders by getting real-time status updates right from the time the food leaves the restaurant till it reaches them.

AidMaid

This mobile app serves as a personal emergency companion for its users. AidMaid is available for both Android and iOS users and acts as a personal guardian for those people who need help with selecting movies to watch or clothes to wear, getting answers to medical queries, fixing a flat tire, doing homework, and doing similar tasks.

More importantly, AidMaid notifies the users’ family and friends about any help required during emergency situations with the panic button option. It also provides the app users with the opportunity to be a hero by stepping in to save someone in the neighborhood who might need help. And, it allows users to keep track of their kids when they are out late at night as well as to avoid areas with high crime rates, while venturing out into unknown areas of the country.

 Thus, this startup helps its users keep their neighborhoods safe in Saudi Arabia.

Najm

The Najm mobile app, which is available for quick download by both Android and iOS users, provides an efficient way to report accidents for road travelers in Saudi Arabia.

Apart from reporting accidents, users can also check the status of its lifecycle, take quick photos of an accident scene, check the validity of an insurance policy, check the status of an accident report sent to an insurance company, and do similar accident-related tasks. Najm even helps users reduce traffic jams by empowering the accident parties to move their vehicles to a safe spot and protect their rights.

B8ak

This app serves as a centralized platform that connects a network of professional providers with app users who have home maintenance and repair work requirements. So, the Android and iOS versions of B8ak connect users with verified service providers in the nearby region of the service requestor and accordingly allocates appropriate handymen for home maintenance tasks, such as plumbing, cleaning, pest control, and electrical tasks.

The mobile app based startup has even been so effective that it won third place in the startup demo contest at ArabNet Riyadh 2015.

The above five Saudi Arabian mobile app examples indicate that the trend is shifting towards a startup culture in the kingdom. So, it is probably a good time for you to get an app development company to create a mobile app for you for this Arab region.

What do you make of this mobile app based startup boom in Saudi Arabia? Feel free to share your feedback in the comments section below.

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Meet Quytech at CeBIT Germany 2017

The countdown has started. On 20 March, the digital and IT world will come together to attend CeBIT, one of the largest and most prominent global events for digital businesses. And, we are delighted to announce that Quytech will be exhibiting at the event.

About the CeBIT Event

It is a yearly event that brings together over 4000 exhibitors and 300000 visitors. This year, it will be held at Hannover, Germany from 20 to 24 March.

The CeBIT event has always proved to be remarkable because of the discussions and insights shared by the guest speakers. And, now they have added a feather in their cap by getting names like Ray Kurzweil, renowned artificial intelligence expert, social scientist Dr. Michal Kosinski and the very well-known Edward Snowden as speakers.

For more information on the event, visit their website here.

About Quytech and How We Can Help You

Here is a quick overview of Quytech and how we can benefit your business.

Service Offerings

We are a leading mobile app development company and help with fine tuning mobile strategy to end-to-end solutions, starting from conceptualization to deployment and support.

We have provided our services in the areas mentioned below:

  • Enterprise mobility solutions
  • Healthcare apps
  • Finance apps
  • B2B SaaS apps
  • Educational apps
  • On-Demand apps
  • Augmented reality
  • Virtual reality

Please visit our website here for more details about our services.

We have also developed PepUpSales, an enterprise mobility solution which combines sales force automation, distribution management, primary/secondary sales tracking, and more in a single product.

Learn more about PepUpSales here.

Experience and Achievements

We have seven years of rich experience and developed over 150 mobile apps for more than 100 startups and enterprises across 20 industries and 12 countries. Some of our customers include Honda, Deloitte, Volvo-Eicher, Harvest Gold and celebrity chef Eric Landlard’s luxury cake boutique, Cake Boy.

Quytech has also been rated among the top 20 Most Promising Enterprise Mobility companies by CIO Review.

To meet us at the event, please visit Stall No. C60/9 in Hall 5 and get an opportunity to interact with our founder, Mr. Garg, who will be happy to explain our product and services and answer any questions you may have.

So are you coming to the CeBIT event? Bookmark the date today and we will see you at our stall.

Visit: www.quytech.com

How Apps Are Helping the Engineering Procurement Construction Industry

You might associate the term “contractor” to someone (or an agency) who helps you carry out a series of tasks on a contract basis. The same holds true for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) industry. Here, a contractor is responsible (on behalf of the client) for all the tasks, from the design, procurement, construction, and commissioning to the hand-over of the project to the owner or end-user.

So, an EPC project involves activities like laying down the first concepts (plans and designs), the execution, and the operational tasks. So, it is an herculean task to keep track of so many activities throughout the project lifecycle, while ensuring timely completion. This is where mobile technology helps, with the numerous apps that aid EPC industry professionals in carrying out their designated tasks more effectively.

Let us take a look at how some mobile apps are proving useful for the EPC industry.

Bid Management

The SmartBidNet mobile app (for Windows, iOS, and Android) enables you to create bids and track the bidding process with your subcontractors or companies, ensuring reliability and security. In simple words, the app consists of a bid management system that offers quick access to critical information to ensure timely and easy project bidding. The mobile app also complements SmartBidNet’s bid management software.

The app further enables you to create custom pre-qualification forms so that you can identify the qualifications and level of risk for subcontractors, before they are invited to bid.

Project Information Access and Collaborative Inspection

The Aconex platform serves as an ideal collaborative tool for several construction and engineering projects. The Aconex Mobile app helps your EPC project team create, capture, and access information, even while they are on the move. For example, it allows access to project mails, documents, and overdue tasks as well as allows you to upload information to emails in the form of audio, video or photos files or documents.

The Aconex Field app empowers users to capture, distribute, and track issues or defects in real time, thereby ensuring quick site inspections. It also aids structured inspections by providing customizable checklist templates to record “conformance” and “non-conformance”.

Tracking Time and Locations of Employees

For EPC projects in which many employees are on the field at different locations, you need better supervision for the time they spend on a project and at their locations. This is where an app like ClockShark helps. This GPS-enabled app allows you to do away with paper timesheets and accurately track the time, location, and job costs of your field employees.

You can also use ClockShark (for Android, iOS, and Windows) to schedule the work time and location of your employees. The entire time tracking process is automated with this app.

Project Management

The ProCore mobile app (for Android and iOS) empowers its users to move around their project sites and still stay in touch with the latest project updates. So, your employees can easily keep track of punch lists, inspections, drawings, daily logs, RFIs, contact directories, submittals, and more from anywhere and at any time.

Better Decision Making and Collaboration

For effective execution and timely completion of any EPC project, collaboration between the project stakeholders plays a critical role. It is here that an app like CMiC Mobile Field (for iOS) proves useful. It ensures that the stakeholders can communicate or collaborate, even without an internet connection.

CMiC Mobile Field enhances your workflow through faster access to real-time information. The mobile app also offers features for contact management, RFI tracking and response, PCI and submittal tracking, issue tracking checklists, document management, and so on to encourage better decision making by the project stakeholders.

These are just some of the ways through which mobile apps have positively impacted the EPC industry. What is your opinion regarding the use of mobile apps for EPC projects? Feel free to share your queries or feedback in the comments section below.

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How Government Projects Are Being Monitored by Apps

 

We all get happy whenever we hear any news about our government launching any new development projects in any sectors, such as health and education. But, many projects do not meet the deadline and get delayed by several months or even years. At the same time, there are cases where particular government initiatives failed because of inconsistent operations.

So, several governments across the world (and in India) have started capitalizing the advantage of technology to ensure better administration and monitoring of projects. One such technology is mobility. There are many intuitive mobile apps out there which help governments monitor their projects and this article will provide a list of examples of such mobile apps.

The idea is to help you think along these lines and come up with app concepts that can prove useful for different government projects or initiatives. Read on.

Tracking Teacher Attendance

The quality of education being imparted in government schools depends a lot on the work discipline maintained by the teachers, as the students are likely to follow them. So, in a bid to ensure that government teachers are regular in their schools, the Madhya Pradesh state government in India has implemented the practise of e-attendance, a GPS-based Android app.

It tracks the attendance of teachers in schools across Madhya Pradesh to ensure that no teacher can simply sign in on the attendance sheet, indicating he or she was present on days when he or she was actually absent from school. Such an app is used by the Madhya Pradesh government to accept attendance registrations and even leave applications from teachers.

Access to Comprehensive Healthcare Information

It is difficult to trace the vaccination records of kids or normal medical records of patients before any doctor visits. A mobile app (for Android and iOS) named HAAD (Health Authority Abu Dhabi) caters to the community of healthcare professionals and general public in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

For the general public, HAAD shares drug information, details of doctor appointment and related reminders, data about licensed doctors, pharmacies and hospitals, etc. It also allows them to register for m-patient and check medical records, as well as use medical calculators for checking BMI levels, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.

Healthcare professionals can login to this app and get certificates, book relevant exams, and transfer / cancel licenses within Abu Dhabi.

Tracing Services Offered by MOI, UAE

The Ministry of Interior in UAE offers a range of services across major sectors like Traffic & Licensing, Police, Civil Defense, Residency, etc. It has come up with a mobile application (iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry) named MOI UAE that provides news about MOI, UAE, apart from sharing details about service center locations. As part of its major smartphone services, the MOI UAE app covers the following:

  • Vehicles registration, plates services, traffic fines, drivers test services (under Traffic and Licensing)
  • Engineering plans and institutions licensing (under Civil Defense)
  • Police services (under Police Headquarters)
  • Entry visa services, entry permits services, residency & foreign affairs (under Naturalization and Residency)

Tracking the Rural Employment Project

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) project in the Indian state of Bihar was initiated to provide 100 days of wage-employment in a year to a rural household. However, monitoring this project and different schemes that fall under it is difficult because of the remote location of the villages and poor connectivity.

The Bizframe mobile inspector app thus allows officers to conduct construction inspections, provide daily work reports, send photographs of workers, and more all from their locations over the app. So, with this Android-powered app, the different project officers can save time that would otherwise have been spent in related clerical and reporting work, apart from traveling on a daily basis.

Monitoring the Status of the Highway Projects

For the road transport sector, the construction of highways is a critical activity in a developing nation like India. Yet, it is not a simple task to monitor these construction activities with regard to the use of funds or real-time status updates due to the involvement of multiple agencies. So, the Indian Union government has come up with online apps, including ePACE and Infracon, to increase the efficiency of such highway projects and to reduce the chances of corruption.

For example, ePace has a GIS interface for the geo-tracking of projects, while Infracon is aimed at facilitating communication between domain experts or personnel and road engineering or construction consultancy agencies for effective project supervision.

In a nutshell, the trend rising in many countries is for governments to keep an eye on their projects through effective monitoring achieved by using different types of mobile apps. So, if you are planning to develop some apps or get them developed from a third-party mobile app company, the time is ripe to think of an app idea that can be useful for your government’s projects. Not only will it give you a chance to give something back to your community, but it also gives you the opportunity to become famous if your mobile app idea is implemented at a national level.

So, what are you waiting for? Start thinking about mobile app ideas that can aid your government’s schemes or initiatives. Feel free to share your feedback or queries related to such mobile apps in the comments section below.

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Five Dubai-Based Mobile App Startups Disrupting Their Industries.

 

In the last decade or so, Dubai has seen tremendous growth in the IT sector, even more so than all the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. With a dip in oil prices over the last few years, the government and private sector of Dubai have diversified by turning this region into a space for technological innovations. And, with the increased use of smart devices and the internet, mobile apps have fast become a necessity instead of just a luxury.

So, a lot of entrepreneurs have initiated tech startups in Dubai to access the emerging markets and there is considerable support offered by the government and semi-government institutions that represent a variety of sectors, including health, education, and renewable energy.

The push towards making Dubai citizens dependent on mobile apps for a large demographic has been such that almost every other tech startup focuses on having an app to resolve a gap that exists in the market.

In this article, we look at some of the top mobile app startups and their corresponding apps that have influenced the different industries in Dubai.

  1. Bridg

Bridg is a consumer to merchant mobile payment platform empowered by bluetooth technology. Its Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity allows merchants to charge a customer’s mobile phone without any data connection. This mobile app is the creation of the Dubai-based startup Bridg Payment Solutions which was kickstarted to enter the mobile banking space and offer innovative alternatives to traditional banks.

The startup realized that, although Dubai enjoys an extremely high smartphone penetration rate, many of the consumers, especially those belonging to the lower income bracket, rarely use these smart devices connected over a network. Instead, they rely heavily on a WiFi connection and so there is less scope to leverage the power of mobile banking. Bridg aimed to fill this gap by using bluetooth technology to make payments using its app.

In 2016, Bridg took the top position at the Dubai Temenos Fintech Innovation Jam. With this kind of financial technology empowerment, Bridg Payment Solutions have succeeded in disrupting Dubai’s financial services sector.

  1. Careem

This multinational transport network company was founded in 2012 and has been able to expand to over 26 cities across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as well as Pakistan. It started its operations as an app-based chauffeur driver car booking service company in Dubai (where its headquarters are located). And, when the company was launched, it only had website-based car booking services for corporates, but it later targeted individuals with its mobile app versions.

Users simply have to download the Careem Android app or Careem iOS app and start booking a ride. The bookings can be made for immediate pickups or even for a scheduled date and time.

Clearly, the Careem mobile apps have made the lives of the people in Dubai a lot easier by allowing them to book a cab quickly with the tap of their fingers. More importantly, the apps are also linked to mobile payments which means that users have the liberty of making cashless transactions.

  1. Dubai Health Authority

This may be a government organization in Dubai, but it has initiated an array of health-based mobile apps for Android and iOS in the last few years to aid the people of Dubai with regard to healthcare and medicine.

For example, the Dubai Doctors app offers users the ability to search for healthcare professionals and facilities in Dubai. Another app named Tifli is aimed at expectant parents (mostly pregnant women) by offering them relevant information related to pregnancy, motherhood, and so on.

With the continuous introduction of such mobile apps, the Dubai Health Authority has indeed had a major technological impact on the Dubai healthcare industry.

  1. Souq.com

Souq.com is rightly touted as the Amazon of the Middle East, since it serves as an online marketplace for the majority of the consumer needs across a wide range of product categories. It was launched in 2005 as an auction site which was eventually converted to an online shopping model in 2011.

This ecommerce company realized that more citizens of Dubai (and even of other countries where Souq exists) can easily be captured by making the online marketplace shopping experience available in the form of apps. This led to the emergence of the Souq.com mobile apps for the Android, iOS, and Windows platforms. Now, all Dubai citizens using a mobile phone think about the Souq app whenever they have to buy a product.

  1. Dubizzle

This is one of the topmost classified listing portals. It was kickstarted in 2005 and eventually came up with the Android and iOS mobile apps to make it easier for the people living in Dubai to buy, sell or search for anything in their community online. Users can buy a home, sell a car or even search for a job vacancy by using the mobile apps designed for the United Arab Emirates.

Dubizzle is an OLX company, offering services in a number of countries across different continents. It also helps users get demand for underused goods and buy or sell the same without any “middlemen”.

The idea behind presenting the above examples of some of the best mobile apps and related startup companies in Dubai is to drive home the point that mobile apps are being used comprehensively in Dubai. And, with attempts being made to make Dubai the Silicon Valley of the Middle East, the number of app-based startups will increase further in the future.

What do you make of this mobile app revolution in Dubai? Leave your comments below.

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