UAE employment visa rule changes are spurring interest in co-working spaces like Nest at Tryp by Wyndham Dubai in Al Barsha.
Nest is one of the region’s first co-working spaces and its operator said it is seeing a rise in the number of people moving away from mainstream offices in favour of flexible office areas.
“The number of consultants, freelancers and entrepreneurs who are choosing to move away from the traditional office setting in favour of co-working spaces and the flexibility they bring continues to grow here in Dubai,” said Mohamed Hassan, operations manager at TRYP by Wyndham Dubai.
“Recent changes to the UAE’s employment visa rules and the ease of acquiring new licenses have helped to fuel this growth.
“Nest at Tryp by Wyndham Dubai has successfully tapped into this bourgeoning sector by meeting the demand for comfortable and affordable working areas that can be accessed at a time that’s convenient for the individual.
These comments come as co-working spaces grow in popularity across the Middle East.
In Saudi Arabia, boutique studio SuperFutureDesign* is working on a concept to turn abandoned buildings in Riyadh into an industrial-style co-working space with shops and showrooms.
Meanwhile, Ireland-based Kerten Hospitality opened its first co-working space in the GCC in Jeddah. The company has spoken of expanding to Cairo, Dubai, Istanbul, Marrakech and Riyadh too.