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.

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Find the per­fect place to park your lap­top. Free Wifi is just the be­gin­ning.

NEST

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

A4 SPACE

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

ASTROLABS

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

wit­work

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

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

Glassqube

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

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