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5 Best Co-working Spaces for Tech Startups in Dubai

Tech startups flock to co-working spaces for multiple reasons. It’s a way to get going without painful overheads of fixed premises, whilst also having the services you need. It’s also often the way of putting your talent where the action is so that growth can be accelerated through shared ideas and entrepreneurial spirit.

Here we list the 5 best co-working spaces for tech startups in Dubai.


1.  AstroLabs

AstroLabs is a collaborative co-working space specifically designed with tech startups in mind. It can be found in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) District in two spaces – Parkside and Lakeside.

With an ethos of “Make it Happen”, it’s unsurprising that great things get done here. It’s an international environment, and the enthusiastic entrepreneurial spirit is infectious.

What’s also particularly enticing for tech companies – either startups or international companies looking to open in Dubai or the Middle East – is AstroLabs’ partnership with DMCC to bring members a subsidised business licensing program.

Also, compared with many of the other co-working spaces in Dubai, AstroLabs is open 24/7. There’s even a ‘coding cave’ where you can test out your app.


2.  Regus IT Plaza

Not quite open yet, but very soon to be, is the . Nonetheless, we believe that this co-working space is going to be perfect for tech startups, again partly because it is within the free trade zone.

The building itself it beautiful, and set up with everything you need for a co-working space. You can choose how to use the space most appropriate to your needs, whether you need the occasional hot desk or a long-term private office.

What’s more, here you can be part of a team of other tech entrepreneurs, sparking ideas off each other and garnering support.


3.  Unbox

Unbox is a popular co-working space with tech start-ups, largely thanks to its broad range of supportive active programs which are designed to help get startups off the ground. They have a staggering number of programs, covering everything from the Internet of Things and Enterprise 2.0 through to Fintech and Insurtech.

Whilst the working environment is inspiring, fully serviced, and fully functional, it’s this community outlook that really makes Unbox what it is. You can even benefit from onsite legal services and HR! They are also the place to go for innovation labs with other like-minded companies, industries leaders, and academic bodies.


4.  Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre – DTEC

DTEC is an ideal place to plant and grow your tech startup thanks to its premises, but also its collaboration and networking opportunities. It is designed to offer affordable options to entrepreneurs on a flexible basis, making it great for both larger teams and individuals.

Again, you can choose whether to hot desk, have fixed desks or even private office workspaces. They price plans annually so that you can just get on with running your new business.


5.  The Co-Dubai

The Co-Dubai (Coworker) was the original co-working space in Dubai, and is still an excellent option today. Found at Souk Al Bahar Bridge, it is designed as an incubator center.

There is 6000 square foot of co-working space here, with a huge variety of options to use including meeting rooms, lounges, private offices, and more. It’s well-known as a friendly and collaborative place to work. One user, Karl Edwards, has said about it: “Everyone is friendly and easy to work with.” It’s this community feel which really helps tech startups get underway.

In addition, Co-Dubai has a brilliant mentorship program, carefully created to help talent flourish and businesses to gain traction. You’ll also find that there are always various events and workshops on offer, helping you to make the most of different opportunities.

How to choose your tech startup co-working space in Dubai

All of these co-working spaces are welcoming to new members. The best idea, when choosing the location for your tech startup, is to visit each of the co-working spaces and see which you think will suit you best. For example, if you are keen to be part of an incubator program, make sure you choose one that offers this. You should also ask the co-working space what other startups they have working there. It’s always good to choose somewhere with similar entrepreneurs so that you can benefit from collaboration.


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