A GOOD LOOK AT: COMMUNAL WORKSPACES
Whether you’re a seasoned freelancer in search of fresh inspiration, or you’re starting out on your start-up journey, these co-working spaces offer more than just a place to park your laptop.
Find the perfect place to park your laptop. Free Wifi is just the beginning.
Inside Tryp by Wyndham in Barsha Heights, you’ll find nest, an urban co-working space. The working spaces are quirky, with eclectic, colourful decor, and the perks are great. along with your high-speed Wifi connection and unlimited coffee, you’ll also get access to the business centre, pool and gym, discounts on dining, laundry and the spa, valet parking, guest passes and special rates at the hotel. The day rate is Dhs99, and unlimited monthly rates start at Dhs1,499. TRYP by Wyndham, Al Saef 1 St, Al Barsha, Dubai, daily 8am-11pm. Tel: (04) 247 6699, nestdubai.co
It’s only fitting that there are co-working spaces in the creative hub of alserkal avenue, and a4 space has some serious advantages. For starters, it has a cinema, library and a cafe serving excellent coffee – but it’s also completely free, and open to the public six days a week. The space can also host bespoke events such as product launches, teambuilding sessions and workshops, and the upstairs loft offers free Wifi, work stations and comfortable seating. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, Satthurs, 10am-7pm. Tel: 050 556 9797, alserkalavenue.ae
While it sounds like it has something to do with the uae’s mission to mars, astrolabs is a Google co-working space built to serve the entrepreneurial crowd. This JLT spot aims to bring together like-minded people working on technology-driven start-ups. memberships offer much more than just a desk. For Dhs1,500 a month, you’ll get 24/7 access, meeting rooms, printing, office supplies and Wifi, along with mentoring, access to global Google-partnered tech hubs, and $120,000 IBM cloud credit. Parkside Retail Level, Cluster R, JLT, daily, 24 hours. Tel: (04) 454 1159, astrolabs.com
The newest addition to the co-working scene, Witwork provides a point of difference to the usual communal workspace idea. Witwork’s memberships offer access to “dormant” spaces across Dubai. You’ll pay Dhs350 per month for access to a number of beautiful spaces, such as hotel lounges, restaurants and bars, as well as a speedy Wifi connection, communal coffee, tea and water. The concept is set to extend beyond Dubai, so expect to see spaces in ras al khaimah and abu Dhabi soon.
Locations across Dubai, witwork.co
letswork works in a similar way to Witwork, offering spaces in popular spots across Dubai. The company has partnered with the likes of rove Hotels, mr miyagi’s in media one Hotel, and The scene in pier
7 to offer affordable co-working spaces. The flexible packages start at Dhs39 for a day rate and access to one location, up to Dhs209 for seven sign-ins at any location per month, or Dhs490 for unlimited access for one month. Included in that price is secure Wifi, meeting rooms and unlimited tea, coffee and water.
Across Dubai. Tel: 055 545 6093, letswork.io
abu Dhabi’s premier co-working space is proving so popular that its expanding rapidly. Glassqube currently operates from reem Island, but is due to open a second spot on the Corniche, and two more spaces in khalidiya and the GQC HQ Building are under construction. prices range from Dhs75 a day to Dhs225 a month for a seat in the Coworking lounge, and there are also options to pay just for meeting rooms or private offices. expect the usual perks like free coffee, water and fast Wifi.
Sky Tower, Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, daily, 24 hours. Tel: (02) 495 6700, glassqube.com