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Want to lose weight? Use this app developed by Dubai students

13 Dec 2013

Want to lose weight? Use this app developed by Dubai students

Canadian University of Dubai students tackling obesity through technology

Students at the Canadian University of Dubai have developed a health-focused mobile application for the UAE Government's Best m-Government Service Award.

Three students from the School of Engineering, Applied Sciences and Technology and one from the School of Communications this week submitted their entry into the competition which has a Dh1M prize fund.

Their state-of-the-art Android application, called ActiveUAE, combines a pedometer with a calorie counter allowing users to check their calorie intake and how many they are burning each day.

Social media features heavily in the application, with Facebook and Twitter functions to encourage users to share their calorie burning tips and fitness experiences with an online community.

Fitness apps are nothing new in the mobile world but the app's programmer Mohammed Baziyad believes the ActiveUAE app has a few new tricks up its sleeve.    

"There are many things about this application that make it unique," he said, "but two elements really set it apart.”

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