#45 Home Convenience
Tech advancements in the Kingdom were especially hailed during the COVID-19 pandemic when lockdowns came into effect and delivery apps proved beneficial. Health applications made it easy to register for vaccinations or consult with physicians. At the same time, shopping apps have become more in demand.
What started as a food delivery platform has now expanded to delivering groceries, pharmaceuticals, flowers, and more. Talabat’s T-mart – a q-commerce (quick commerce) grocery store delivers around the clock in less than 30 minutes. It is the region’s largest food delivery and grocery platform operating in nine different countries.
Ahlan, meaning “greetings” or “welcome” in Arabic, is a delivery, loyalty and ordering app that appreciates and credits its members for their repeated orders and dine-in visits. Ahlan members are rewarded with ‘cash back’ Ahlan Credit as well as a variety of offers by featured restaurants.
The Sehati app consists of a bundle of health eServices for finding physicians, checking medical test results, booking appointments, online consultations, delivery of medical prescriptions from Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC), and more. It is provided by the Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Supreme Council of Health, National Health Regulatory Authority, Government Hospitals and Primary Health Care Centers.
The BeAware app was developed as part of the Kingdom’s response to the public health crisis during the emergence of COVID-19. The app was instrumental in helping authorities identify cases across the country and provided regular updates on cases and measures within Bahrain and around the world. Users could also view their test results and book COVID-19 test appointments through the app.
LuLu App & WhatsApp Service
With over 200 LuLu stores and over 20 shopping malls across the GCC, Egypt, India, and the Far East – LuLu Hypermarket has become one of the fastest-growing retail chains in the Middle East and Asia. Its online shopping portal puts over 20,000 at the fingertips of shoppers and recently launched its WhatsApp services where users can send their shopping list for delivery or pick-up.
This article is part of an ongoing series – 51 Great Things About Bahrain as a tribute to the Kingdom’s 51st National Day. Read more in this special edition.