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So you’re looking for a place to work in Dubai. You have a few options.
You could rent out your own office space (which may be too expensive), you could work out of a coffee shop (which is not the most stable solution), or you could join a coworking space.
In this ultimate Dubai coworking guide, I’ll answer every question you ever had about coworking (and maybe even some you didn’t), to help you figure out if coworking is for you!
Coworking comes from the comibination of 2 words: co (short for co-operative) and working.
To give our own definition, coworking means to work in a shared cooperative environment, while not necessarily working for the same company. The AstroLabs Dubai Coworking space for example has over 200 members from over 100 companies (here is a full list of our Dubai companies).
Coworking was invented in 2002 by John Coworker outside of rural Connecticut. Actually it wasn’t, we just made that up. Coworking has actually been around in one form or another since the mid 90’s in the form of “hackerspaces” where computer enthusiasts used to gather share their love of technology together in a collaborative working environment. Today, the industry has matured a bit, and now it is a serious option for both startups and larger companies that are looking for a shared cooperative working environment (without the need to rent or purchase their own office space).
Coworking is fairly simple. If you want to partake in coworking, all you need to do is join a coworking space, which is a paid space that you rent to work out of. In a way, it’s like a gym membership for working.
You may have a few questions. Why should you use a coworking space? Why is a coworking space better than a regular office? What are the benefits of a coworking space?
To answer those questions, the main benefits of joining a coworking space are threefold:
A lot! Coworking spaces offer a lot of ameneties and benefits. Depending on the coworking space, some examples of what’s included are:
All of these are some of what we offer at the AstroLabs Dubai Coworking Space.
The cost of coworking fluctuates depending on if the location offers daily, weekly, or monthly pricing. There are also different levels of access (depending on the time of day or 24/7), as well as if you need to get your company registered or if you’re just looking for a place to work out of. On average though, for Dubai you can expect to pay between 750 to 3,500 AED a month.
If you want to do business in Dubai and the UAE, you probably need a business license. By registering your company and obtaining a business license, you can: 1) Legally invoice in the name of your company 2) Open a business bank account and 3) Sponsor employee work visas.
There are basically two types of trade licenses you can obtain in Dubai:
Some coworking spaces in Dubai (like AstroLabs) also provide you with a freezone trade license. That means that you can legally register your company through the coworking space directly (who are usually partnered with a freezone, like the DMCC freezone in JLT Dubai).
So, who is coworking ideal for? Based on our own research we found that there are three main types of people that benefit from coworking:
The short answer is anyone! At the AstroLabs Dubai coworking space for example, some of the names you might have heard of that at some point have been members of our Dubai coworking space include: Deliveroo, Deezer, Shedul, Seez, and many more (check out our full list of Dubai Coworking space members)!
Here is a breakdown of the type of companies that we’ve come across at AstroLabs Dubai
We’re naturally a bit biased, but as the only Google for Startups and IBM and Facebook partnered coworking space and learning center in the MENA region, we would definitely say the AstroLabs Dubai coworking space!
We would say definitely so! If you’re considering a Dubai Coworking space, we’d be honored to welcome you at AstroLabs!
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