In recent years, the GCC witnessed a rise in both the demand and supply of mobile applications, according to On Device research, a mobile market research firm.
The research mentioned that 41% of users in the UAE paid for and downloaded applications within a 30-day period.
Games and social media apps are considered the most popular in the region.
Now, a new app is in the picture and it is expected to be “an indispensable part of Dubai communities,” according to its creators.
What is tnerit?
tnerit, written with a miniscule t, is an online rental marketplace allowing users to lend and borrow a wide range of items with ease.
This revolutionary app allows Borrowers to have access to more resources and save money, but Lenders will also benefit through generating earnings.
From books to electronics, furniture to sports, tnerit aims to ensure resources are accessible to its users; because you don’t have to own it all, to have it all, as the company’s slogan says.
A spokesperson from tnerit said: “We want tnerit to be the go-to app used throughout Dubai by people who wish to earn and save.”
“We live in a time when individuals want to own and experience products that exceed what they can afford. Hard work and savings are one way to go about achieving these desires – but an easier way is tnerit,” he added.
Categories currently available on the app include: Electronics, Home Garden & DIY, Holiday & Travel, Toys, Games, Hobbies & Party Supplies, Sports & Fitness, Appliances, Apparel, Music & Musical Instruments, and Books.
tnerit is currently only available for users in Dubai and is accessible via the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. The company plans to make the app available in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in 2019.
tnerit is one of many applications created by locals, to help make GCC’s residents and visitors easier.
Top 10 local apps in the GCC
Whether created by government or by start-ups, applications only tend to go viral if they are of use.
Here are the top 10 apps created by locals in the region.
1. Sarahah: A Saudi-based app, which promotes ‘honesty’ through anonymous comments. The app was an instant success, topping Apple’s App Store in over 30 countries with more than 300 million accounts in one month.
2. Vero: Its claim to fame is that it’s ad-free. Although it was launched back in 2015, it went on to trend in the Google Play Store earlier this year – so much so that the massive usage caused its servers to crash.
The app aims to make money through user subscriptions and a percentage of the money companies make from selling within the app.
3. Egypt Face: Which, as the name suggests, is the local version of Facebook.
4. Visit Ras Al Khaimah: Launched by Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority in the UAE.
The app is designed to serve as a personal guide to help visitors discover the hidden Emirate.
5. Health at Hand: Where anyone over the age of 18 can sign up and gain access, within minutes, to a UAE-based doctor with DHA licenses.
Users can choose from one of three Health at Hand subscription plans, providing unlimited access to consultations.
6. VAT App: Saudi launched an app called “VAT App,” in order to make TAX related transactions easier and clearer.
The app has been downloaded 1.4 million times to date through the Apple Store and Google Play, according to Thomson Reuters Zawya.
The app enables users to quickly calculate the VAT amount on goods and services, and report cases of tax fraud.
7. Fashtory: A fashion app, created by a female Saudi entrepreneur, to connect designers and buyers all over the world.
Fashtory is kind of a messaging platform that enables conversations between buyer and designer to organize fittings and orders.
8. App Mahal: A social network for apps, produced by Palestinian entrepreneur.
The app serves to communicate useful and rated apps among acquaintances.
9. Smart Document Scanner: Built by Alexandria based software development company, Softxpert, the app boasts a formidable myriad of features aimed at managing any sort of document.
It can scan, enhance, and convert documents to PDF. It syncs and files notes, receipts, invoices, meeting minutes, contracts, bank statements, whiteboards.
10. Escape from Paradise: Game apps have their fair share in the Middle East, but this one is really amazing.
Created by a Beirut-based game studio, the game is an adventure platform that follows a bouncy ball-like protagonist trying to make his way out of paradise.
Gameplay is nothing out of the ordinary. You avoid obstacles and collect points within a time limit.
Graphics, however, is where the game stands out; with high definition backgrounds and silky smooth scrolling and movement. The game is available for free on Android, iOS, and Facebook.