Where am I working this week?
Today, I wanted to discover more about coworking in Dubai and decided to go to a workspace near Burj Khalifa called Impact Hub Dubai. I had an opportunity to visit one of these spaces before in Japan and was curious as to how it was different.
I reached out to the space and was invited to drop in for the day to experience what the office had to offer.
Where is the workspace?
Why should you work in the Impact Hub Dubai?
Well, it is located directly below the tallest building in the world which was definitely something I wanted to see. Also, since Impact Hub as a brand stretches across many different continents and countries, I wanted to see how their communities and workspaces change with the different cultures and locations.
When I first entered the space, I was greeted by a nice woman at the front desk who showed me around, helped me find the coffee, and got me connected to the WIFI. It isn’t always typical to have someone at the front of a space, however, when that happens it can be great for immediately connecting me to the space and potentially it’s members if I am able to meet anyone on that first tour.
As most people were heads down working on things when I arrived, I also plugged in and got to work.
There were a fair number of people in the space this day but I didn’t get a whole lot of time to connect with them. I find this to be more common if I am only in a space for a day. It typically takes a few days to make a few connections and a few months to make more deep connections.
I did take the time though to explore the space and if there was anything I didn’t expect or hadn’t seen before.
I could be flexible with my work location throughout the day.
If I needed to jump into a conference room or outside to take a call, there were plenty of options. However, if I wanted to just find a desk and focus for a while, I could do that too.
The space also had a nice kitchen, strong WIFI, and even a private outdoor space. All of the basics of a coworking space were fulfilled here.
However one addition that I had not seen before outside of being in Dubai was a prayer room. I didn’t take a picture of the space but it did include a prayer rug facing Mecca in a clean and quiet part of the coworking space. While Dubai is primarily a large expat community, the culture, customs, and religion are very much centered around the Islamic faith. As a side trip I also went to one of the larger mosques in Dubai in order to further understand and experience this culture and what it meant to be here.
I had a great time experiencing this space, meeting the staff and a couple of members, and even discovering something new! I would definitely be back to explore this area more and hopefully connect with even more of the members.
This was my last stop in Dubai for working remotely. I have a nice weekend left of exploring before heading back to Japan and a few more months of exploring Tokyo, Yokohama, and Kyoto.
In the meantime, be sure to check out the rest of the workspaces I have worked out of during the last few years of working remotely around the world.
Where should I work out of next? Would you like me to come to your office or workspace and share my thoughts and experiences with you? If so, send me a message.