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Best apps and offline maps for Dubai (UAE) on Android / iOS

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When visiting new countries, the question always arises - what is the best navigator to use. Popular services like Google Maps are far from ideal and are not suitable for all users. That's why this article presents alternatives that can be used to navigate around Dubai and UAE.

Since users often have problems with the subway - not only navigation apps, but also Dubai Metro guides are on the list.

This article presents GPS navigation apps, such as RTA Smart Drive, Maps.me and Dubai Metro Map, as an alternative to Google Maps for users in Dubai and UAE.

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These apps provide an alternative to Google Maps for users in Dubai and UAE with each app having its own unique features that make it suitable for different types of navigation needs.

Maps.me

Developer: MAPS.ME (CYPRUS) LTD
Price: Free
App rating: 🐱🐱🐱🐱 4.3 out of 5

Maps.me is a GPS navigation app with OSM-maps for GPS navigation in Dubai. It is a great solution for users who need offline mode and want to save their mobile data in the UAE.

Maps.me supports OpenStreetMap offline maps which are usually made with a good amount of details. Ordinary users are involved in the development of these maps. Some of them are of better quality than Google Maps.

In particular, through Maps.me, it's easy to access popular places like:

  • Bur dubai
  • Burj park downtown
  • Corniche dubai
  • Burj Khalifa
  • International city

By the way, using Maps.me map you can find a road or a track which is absent in other navigators.

Offline mode is handy to use in Dubai as you can map a route with no internet connection on your phone. In order to do it, download the map to your device via the Maps.me menu.

The second option is to go to the desired location and bring it closer. This part of the map will be downloaded to a phone cache. Offline maps take only a few megabytes.

Downloading an offline map of any city in UAE:

Step 1. Install Maps.me on Android or iOS.

Step 2: Launch the app and enter the name of the city in the search box, for example, "Dubai".

Step 3. Zoom in on the point on the map.

Step 4. Enter the name of the point of interest, for example Bur Dubai.

To zoom in on the location, tap on the View on map link

Step 5. Next to the name of the place you'll see its coordinates which you can share with other users

Step 6. If you want to use public transport, select a subway station.

Step 7. On the map you can display cafes, restaurants, public places, hotels.

Step 8. There are also various settings: display objects in 3d, application behavior, routing options, etc.

Step 9. Settings for offline maps are collected in the Internet section: Auto download for auto download maps and Mobile internet. the option can be deactivated, so that maps are not downloaded in roaming mode.

Step 10. In the Offline maps section you can see a list of all downloaded maps in maps.me.

Conclusion: Maps.me is a useful application for offline navigation in almost any UAE city. You can use the maps for walking, for taking a cab, as well as when using public transport. Our test showed that maps.me is easy to use because of the excellent interface, which does not change in different modes and does not mislead, while the app looks quite modern.

It also provides turn-by-turn directions, route optimization, and other useful features like traffic updates and points of interest. It is regularly updated with the latest map data, making it a reliable and accurate navigation tool for exploring Dubai and other UAE cities.

Our final rating is 5 out of 5.

Download Maps.me: Android | iOS

Map of UAE offline

Developer: Map Apps
Price: Free
App rating: 🐱🐱🐱🐱 4.4 out of 5

Good quality navigation app, working in offline mode, which greatly saves mobile data in roaming.

A map with a very nice, stylized map interface, which allows you to easily navigate in a large city. Signatures, alas, are missing, so you have to look at the shapes of houses. For example, there are no building numbers or names of stores. Although significant places, such as pharmacies and hospitals, are still marked.

There is a function of searching by coordinates and measuring the distance with a ruler.

The app does not show places on request - only maps such as Arjan, downtown Dubai, International city, and Bur Dubai.

Pros:

  • Simple and intuitive interface;
  • Design for fans of classic maps

Cons:

  • Too many permissions for the map app;
  • Lots of ads. It pops up the first time you run it as an unmissable banner.

Download link: Android

Offline Map of Dubai

Developer: Aerostatmaps
Price: Free / €4.69 per item
App rating: 🐱🐱🐱🐱 4.1 out of 5

The app is not only a map, but also a guide to the sights. Great for users who are going to visit the country for the first time and do not know where to go. There are not so many places here, and it will be hard to find unpopular places. But marked all the "iconic" places. Among the attractions that can be found on the map, we note the following options:

  • Palm dubai
  • Old dubai
  • Abra
  • Al qudra lake
  • Arjan area etc.

The design of maps is similar to Google Maps. Most of the names are in English, but the sights and their descriptions are mostly in English. So people who do not know the language are recommended to download a screen translator.

Map of Dubai has a built-in navigator that allows you to lay a route to the specified location (for example, Downtown Dubai, International city, etc). The route is laid both for pedestrians and motorists.

Before downloading, note that routes can only be created in online mode. To access maps offline, you'll need a premium subscription. Its price varies depending on the region.

There are few items in the settings. You can change the language of the app and select the units of measurement - miles or km.

Also a big advantage for many users is that there is no need to give a bunch of permissions when installing the app for the first time, enable geolocation etc. Permissions only need to be issued when you are already using the navigation directly.

Pros:

  • The work in an offline mode;
  • No ads;
  • Minimum of permits;
  • Section with sights, when you click on which appear their miniature photos.

It is also possible to view the sights (such as Lamcy Plaza or Old Dubai) as a list.

Cons:

  • A variety of important premium features.

The developers offer other countries maps, made in the same style. To download them, reduce the map and tap on the desired country. You do not even need to go to Google Play.

Download link: Android

Technical requirements:

  • Android version - 6.0 or later
  • Free memory on your device - 253 MB or more

RTA Smart Drive

Developer: RTA-ITS
Price: Free
App rating: 🐱🐱🐱🐱🐱 4.6 out of 5

The RTA Smart Drive app will help you if you have not purchased a local SIM card and want to move around Dubai or the Arab Emirates by cab or on your own.

RTA Smart Drive works like a regular GPS navigator and has all the necessary offline features: voice navigation, search for optimal routes, POI and speed display.

App features:

  • Detailed maps of Dubai available in 2d and 3d (Arjan Dubai, Downtown, International city, Bur Dubai))
  • Choosing the best price for taxi service
  • Traffic event information, accidents alerts
  • Built-in route planner
  • Online speedometer and speed limit
  • Dubai Metro Transit timetable and map

We recommend RTA Smart Drive as an alternative to Google Maps. Be sure to download the necessary maps of Dubai or other cities (Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Ajman) in advance before using the app. Otherwise, offline navigation will not work.

Download: Android | iOS

Dubai Metro

Developer: Map Apps
Price: Free
App rating: 🐱🐱🐱🐱 4.3 out of 5

Dubai Metro displays a detailed subway map / scheme with the names of the stations, intersections, and also allows you to build routes. The app is perfect if you have already chosen a navigator for yourself, but for some reason it does not help you to navigate in the subway so well.

At the first launch you will be offered to download the free or VIP version. A paid subscription frees the user from advertising and provides a few additional features.

The free version has a small advertising banner, which is always located at the bottom when the Internet is on. On the main screen is a subway map, you can generally navigate by it and without geolocation.

You can upload your home and work to your favorite places. This is where the functionality of the app ends. It is quite small and fully justifies its name.

List of available metro stations (metro station map): Abu hail; Al nahda; Al qiyadah; Baniyas; Emirates towers; Ggico; Ibn battuta; Oud metha; Sharaf dg.

Pros:

  • applicable to strangers
  • fare details and exact time of trains

Cons:

  • lack of pricing and ticketing information
  • poor explanation of journeys and transfers

Download link: Android | iPhone

Dubai Travel Guide

Developer: CityMaps2Go
Price: Free
App rating: 🐱🐱🐱🐱 4.4 out of 5

The most popular app in the above top. Is in demand among the English-speaking audience.

When you first start it, you are offered to download offline maps, or use in online mode. There is also an option to download a version with a wiki assistant, or just classic maps. The design of the maps is the same as Google Maps.

There aren't many features in the app. You can add places to favorites, and find a place by coordinates. There is no built-in navigator - that is, to lay a route from point "A" to point "B" is not possible. Note some of the maps and locations available in the Dubai Travel Guide app:

  • jvt dubai
  • lamcy plaza
  • muteena
  • russian consulate dubai
  • springs 4

In the Wikipedia section in the upper right corner you can find a list of interesting places. In addition to points of interest, you can find there links to canteens and restaurants and their reference numbers. But you will not see their positions on the map. Photos are also not attached.

Download link: Android | iOS

Technical Requirements:

  • Android version 6.0 or later
  • Free memory on your device - 175 MB or more

Dubai Metro Map

Developer: Subway Maps by LithoByte, Co.
Price: Free
App rating: 🐱🐱🐱🐱🐱 4.7 out of 5

Simple app, which is a map of the Dubai Metro map. The subway scheme has good quality, with the names of the stations and intersections in English.

The metro map is suitable for the user who, for whatever reason, could not find the subway map in the public domain.

The app is not interactive, so you can not click anywhere, no buttons do not work. The one provided in the screenshot is the entire functionality of Dubai Metro Map. There are no settings, no routes and no geolocation.

Download link: Android

Google Maps

Google Maps is another venerable offline navigation app supporting offline mode in UAE abd Dubai.

Some distinctive features of offline Google Maps:

  • You can pan and zoom a map before saving it. The largest offline map size is about 30 square miles.
  • You can save a map under any title. We suggest giving a clear title to it, so you can delete a file without any doubts or check whether the desired city is in the list of saved maps.
  • For each map you have to specify the period of its obsolescence: we advise to check its relevance and update the files when required.
  • After deleting a Dubai map, you won't be able to use it without internet connection or until you download / update it again.

Related article:Waze vs Google Maps

Viewing saved offline maps in Google Maps:

  1. Open Google Maps on Android via your previously used account;
  2. Go to the main menu of the app via the sidebar by clicking on the button with horizontal bars;
  3. Open "Offline maps" section;
  4. The following actions are available for each offline map: Download, View, Rename or Delete.

Google Maps navigation works without internet connection in UAE, but there is still a restriction for Android and iOS versions: you can save for offline use only specific sections of a map (one or more cities), while drivers often need more details.

FAQ

Is Google Maps working in Dubai?

Yes, you can fully use the Google Maps app on iOS and Android, download maps of Dubai or any city in the Arab Emirates and then use offline. All landmarks, stores, street names and other objects are available for users. There are no restrictions when using Google Maps in Dubai.

How can I download Google Maps offline in Dubai?

Instructions on how to get an offline map:

  1. Download the Google Maps app.
  2. Run the Maps app by tapping on the icon
  3. Enter the word 'Dubai' in the search box and tap on the result
  4. Pull the curtain up and tap on the 3 dots icon
  5. Tap Download offline map
  6. Select the area on the map that you want to make offline for viewing
  7. Tap the Download button
  8. The map will be downloaded to your phone and available through Offline maps section.
  9. To keep the map of Dubai up-to-date, update it in time before each trip to UAE.

Here is a detailed instruction on how to download maps of Dubai to your Android or iPhone device.

Which map is best for navigation in Dubai?

If you are looking for the best app for your needs in Dubai, follow our tips:

  1. If you need a simple, minimalist app that doesn't have the features of a traditional navigation app while still having offline maps, use the Offline Map of Dubai. It's only available for Android OS.

  2. Dubai Metro comes in handy if you are a tourist and Dubai Metro seems confusing and you want to save your time.

  3. The Dubai Travel Guide contains a guide to major tourist destinations. It will be a good assistant when you visit Dubai city. This app is free and versatile.

  4. RTA Smart Drive offers detailed maps of Dubai, the ability to book taxis and pay for them directly through the app, traffic event information such as accidents alerts, a built-in route planner, and access to the Dubai Metro Transit timetable and map.

  5. Maps.me offers OpenStreetMap offline maps with a good amount of detail, allowing users to access popular places like Bur Dubai, Burj park downtown, Corniche Dubai, Downtown, and International city.

  6. Dubai Metro Map is a simple app that provides a map of the Dubai Metro with good quality.

  7. Additionally, users can access the UAE offline map app to access maps of major cities in the UAE.

How can I use offline maps in the UAE?

Yes, of course offline navigation is possible in major UAE cities. Install the app UAE offline map on your phone. It contains a collection of the best maps for traveling and traveling around the UAE. In addition to the map of Dubai, you will find here online and offline maps for Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Fujairah and other major cities.

In order to save a map for offline use in UAE, you should follow these steps:

  1. Connect to any WiFi network and open Google Maps app on your mobile device.
  2. Make sure you're signed in to your Google account in Google Maps.
  3. Find the city or location you want to save in the GPS navigator.
  4. Tap the bottom panel of Google Maps app and there you'll see the name of the location (any UAE city).
  5. In the upper right corner of Google navigation app its menu will be available with the option of saving offline maps.

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.Β