Irish co-working concept Ouspace enters GCC with Jeddah branch

Irish co-working concept Ouspace enters GCC with Jeddah branch
Published: 31 July 2019 - 5:15 a.m.

Kerten Hospitality's first co-working space in the Gulf has opened in Jeddah and the Irish mixed-use operator wants to expand Ouspace across the Middle East and North Africa.

The 850m² co-working space in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, covers two floors and has serviced offices and a business club.

It is open for everyone from large corporations to freelancers, entrepreneurs, boutique designers and start-ups.

Located in the headquarters of Saudi Arabian machinery company Bakheet, Kerten Hospitality said its first Ouspace in the Middle East will help businesses establish a market presence with “minimal overheads”.

The two-storey Ouspace Bakheet is equipped with all the facilities a business would expect to find: private and shared working spaces, meeting rooms, a social hub and café.

The club is open all hours of the day and can provide business support, postal services, events planning and technical assistance.

“Significant investment” in digital infrastructure and voice technology has been made, Kerten Hospitality said. Ouspace has firewall security and a secure internet connection, unlimited national calls and free audio and web conferencing.

Marloes Knippenberg, Kerten Hospitality CEO, said Saudi Arabia’s projected GDP growth of 2% for 2019 had made the kingdom “an increasingly attractive base for multinationals, small businesses and start-ups seeking to do business in the Middle East.”

Co-working space members will also have access to a complimentary gym, hospitality and dining discounts at House Hotel Jeddah, a mixed-use development Kerten will open in Q4 this year.

Kerten's pivot to the Middle East will see the Ireland-headquartered business bring its co-working concept to Cairo, Dubai, Istanbul, Marrakech and Riyadh in the future.

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