Flexibility is one of the best perks of being a freelancer - when the home office starts becoming claustrophobic, you can simply pick up your laptop and file your work from somewhere else.
With a year of lockdowns causing fatigue of the same surroundings; and the UAE bouncing back to the norms of pre-pandemic, freelancers can once again pick from the plethora of spaces around Dubai to help get those creative juices flowing.
From hot-desking spots to co-working spaces, and cool cafes to quiet hide-outs to meet those looming deadlines, we have rounded up the best places to work from.
First off, there is a list of places to work in Dubai that offer the ideal mobile workspace for those who prefer an office-type space rather than the hustle and bustle of cafes or coffee spots. Co-working spaces are springing up around Dubai; with Impact Hub Dubai - an accessible space in Downtown Dubai with different areas for meetings, conferences, independent work and brainstorming with a group - a popular community of people from every profession. A4 - located in the midst of Alserkal Avenue - is another co-working, collective space which covers an area of 6000 sq ft, with free Wi-Fi, project space and offers free entry to all. The Urban Studio, located in d3 (Dubai Design District), is a popular space for creative individuals to create ideas and connect with other freelancers, while Astrolabs -if you pay a membership fee - offers a busy hive of co-working spaces in Cluster R, Jumeirah Lakes Towers.
For many, freelancers, cafes - with an unlimited supply of caffeine - is a preferable option when working away from home.
The Courtyard – Boston Lane Dubai, is a hidden treasure in Al Quoz for many freelancers wanting a cool laid-back environment in an open-air sheltered setting. For the media types looking for the perfect place to spend a productive afternoon, The Media Lounge and Qwerty cafe - both in Dubai Media City - are great, stylish spots to work or write at and are popular for those wanting to stay and unwind after a long working day.
Looking for somewhere quieter? Head to Dubai Public Library in Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah, for a place to get your work done with minimal distractions.
With all the options Dubai has to offer, grab your laptop and get those creative ideas flowing!