Saudi Arabia ranks third globally for smartphone use, with 72.8 percent of the population using smart mobile devices, compared to 23 million smartphone users worldwide.
Mobile applications have become a rather useful tool in our lives, and the kingdom has a global rate of 11.3 percent user penetration in the Apps segment. Startups have been employing tech in different things, including food apps, and have raised millions of dollars in funding.
Today, Saudi Arabia's market has become rich with food ordering and delivery applications, combining all the best foods and restaurants around you in one place.
Here are eight of the highest rated food delivery apps in the kingdom:
The HungerStation app was launched in 2012 and is one of the first of its kind in the kingdom. The purpose of its creation is to connect users to their favorite foods. The app currently operates in the Saudi cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Al Khobar, and Dammam.
HungerStation does not conduct the delivery process, it is merely an intermediary; the restaurant itself delivers all orders.
Toters set off its services in Lebanon in 2017, and has since expanded to Saudi Arabia and Iraq. The app employs what it calls "Butlers" to go out on the user's behalf and buy any food or drink ordered through the app.
From coffee, breakfast, to dessert and late night cravings, users have all the food varieties they could ask for.
The FoodBoy app allows users to quickly and easily sift through hundreds of food and restaurant choices. With the "pre-order" option, users are able to schedule the time at which they would like to receive their orders.
The app also includes four different payment methods: cash on delivery, by credit card, by wallet, and by MADA.
UberEats is part of the ride-hailing company Uber. It is Uber's "new food delivery platform that makes getting great food from your favorite local restaurants as easy as requesting a ride."
So far, the app works in two of the kingdom's major cities, Riyadh and Jeddah. Users in those regions can utilize UberEats seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.
The founders of Lugmety "are just a couple of average local guys born & raised in Jeddah." Their main mission with this application is to revolutionize the food delivery industry in the Kingdom and take it to the next level technologically.
The average time it takes for the food to be delivered is 36 minutes, which keeps the food fresh and hot.
For the time being, the Lugmety app can be used in three of the kingdom's cities: Riyadh, Jeddah, and Mecca.
"Talabat is a pioneer of the online food ordering industry in the Middle East." The app was founded in Kuwait in 2004. A decade later, the platform became accessible not only in Kuwait but also in seven different countries, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Oman, and Jordan.
Talabat runs 24/7 in cities across Saudi Arabia, making food consumption simple and hassle-free. The food ordering platform can be used on both desktop and mobile apps.
MRSOOL is an application that was developed for time and convenience. Users can buy goods from any store and have them delivered right to their doorstep. The application filters the stores and restaurants closest to the user's location in kingdom's capital, Riyadh, decreasing the delivery time.
The way the product delivery application was designed is different than the rest. It allows the user and the MRSOOL-er to communicate with each other directly, making sure all orders are understood and delivered correctly.
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