IWG is proud to announce the opening of two flexible offices that look set to take the United Arab Emirates' hybrid working scene by storm. Spaces launches its first location in the ultramodern metropolis of Dubai this April — just two months after the doors opened on the Signature workspace in nearby Abu Dhabi.
As the UAE continues to embrace hybrid working, IWG has responded with the launch of two new workspaces for 2023.
In April, the Spaces brand finally comes to Dubai. One of the world’s fastest-growing cities with a population boom of over 500% since 1990, the former fishing village has become one of the world’s biggest commercial and technological hubs. And it’s an important new pin on the Spaces map.
Its central location in Commercecity and proximity to the airport are ideal for networking and collaboration for companies, professionals, and entrepreneurs from all over the world. The flexspace is perfectly positioned to meet the ever-growing demand for hybrid working in Dubai and the UAE, helping businesses and their employees find a better way of operating.
The Spaces facility follows the recent arrival of another IWG brand in the UAE. The Signature portfolio, known for its locations in iconic buildings in capitals around the world, was brought to Abu Dhabi, finding its home in the Al Maqam Tower ADGM.
The flexspace features airy, light-filled offices with 360° panoramic windows showing the vibrant city below, where bars, restaurants and other attractions proliferate across Maryah Island.
IWG and Dubai: An ideal fit
Dubai is one of the biggest commercial hubs in the Middle East, and indeed the world. Having successfully introduced the Regus brand to several key locations throughout the city — and now to nearby Abu Dhabi — IWG aims to bring a fresh perspective to flexible working in the UAE through its Spaces and Signature locations.
Although Dubai’s extraordinary boom was funded by its abundant oil reserves, its post-fossil fuel economy is rapidly expanding and diversifying. As such, the city is now known today as one of the world’s most thriving hubs of innovation and technology. The 2022 UAE Venture Outlook also suggests that Dubai is about to become one of the world’s most desirable startup hubs due to its melting pot of international business interests and strategy of investment and innovation.
Just as Dubai is known for its technologically advanced and ultra-modern offices, Spaces is synonymous with high-quality, dynamic workspaces that facilitate creativity and innovation.
Studies report that employee satisfaction is a high priority for businesses in the UAE, especially since the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing launched in 2016. A 2022 Gallup report reveals that almost half of surveyed workers in the UAE strongly agree that their employers care about their overall wellbeing. Fittingly, IWG’s hybrid philosophy places a strong emphasis on the human impact and the better work-life balance it offers employees. This new flexible workspace in Dubai will help local and travelling workers reduce their commuting times and work in a way that suits them.
Responding to the rising demand for hybrid working in the UAE
Given its reputation for technological advancement and forward-thinking business acumen, it comes as no surprise that there is already a huge demand for hybrid working in Dubai and across the UAE. A 2022 study revealed that 90% of UAE employees prefer hybrid working and 83% of respondents stated that their employers were also supportive of hybrid working schemes.
These new Spaces and Signature locations consolidate IWG’s presence in the UAE and help to make hybrid working accessible and affordable for more businesses and workers in the region.
A new way of working in Commercecity
The all-new Spaces Commercecity will be fully serviced and equipped with super-fast Wi-Fi, breakout areas, and over 70 parking spots. All with the sophisticated design aesthetic and superior business technology that members have come to expect from the Spaces brand.
It is conveniently situated in Commercecity, Dubai’s premier freezone dedicated entirely to digital commerce in the MEASA region. Boasting a wealth of business and logistics facilities, the development also has a bustling social hub with diverse food halls, restaurants, cafes, and even art galleries. What’s more, its close proximity to Dubai’s international airport makes it a convenient location for visitors from all over the world.
Members enjoy access to the following facilities on flexible, scalable terms to suit their needs:
- Private office space
- Coworking & dedicated desks
- Meeting rooms
- Networking events
- Virtual office services
IWG is welcoming yet more businesses into its expanding global network of flexible workspaces. Which workspace will you visit?