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GlassQube offices in Abu Dhabi's Reem Island

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GlassQube is the new co-working space and creative hub that’s just launched on Reem Island’s doorstep, rivalling existing business centres. This network of shared spaces will bring together people who are either self-employed or working for different employers, to help share ideas and create a sustainable, diverse ecosystem. Even taxi-hailing giant Uber has already signed up.

The shared platform will support a thriving entrepreneurial community and comes with money-saving benefits. Start-up costs can be reduced by as much as 96 percent and can generate long-term savings of 40 percent compared to conventional office or serviced office space. In business terms, that makes things a lot easier, and cheaper.

Additionally, the space offers extremely flexible terms, such as the ability to scale up or down in size, along with monthly or even daily rental contracts. These facts will prove really attractive to entrepreneurs wary of long-term obligations such as leases.

But the concept isn’t wholly about saving dirhams. Co-working spaces can also be used to attract and retain top talent. In order to stay competitive, employers must offer an office that appeals to a modern workforce with all the technological and social fixtures and fittings, not to mention comfortable surroundings. A constant supply of coffee helps, too. GlassQube certainly ticks all those boxes and more.

GlassQube is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Fahad Al Ahbabi and Bernard Lee. In an effort to test demand, while wasting no time in building their own community, the pair began hosting and managing a meet-up group called Abu Dhabi Freelancers and Entrepreneurs. On the first night, they brought in various speakers discussing a range of issues facing the entrepreneurial community, and about 150 people showed up.

“Fahad is one of my best friends and this is his country,” says Lee. “Abu Dhabi’s been a great host to me, but it really pains me when I see missed opportunities, that would allow for the country to be better positioned – globally and regionally. And as naïve as it might sound, we really believe GlassQube can play some small role incrementally in helping the economy compete and position itself in a stronger way.”

The first phase of GlassQube will feature a pantry lounge with couches and coffee tables, a kitchen bar, privacy booth for phone calls and video conferencing, as well as a communal area. But that’s not all. It will also feature an enclosed co-working space with 70 workstations, along with 30 private offices, breakout rooms and fully equipped conference rooms.

Prices start at Dhs950 monthly for a part-time membership, which gives access to the facility three days a week. Once you’re in, all that’s left to do is get down to business.
For more info, visit www.glassqube.com.

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