Flexible workplace reshaping Abu Dhabi’s office market
With more than half of UAE employees working remotely every week, demand for flexible, convenient and connected workspace solutions is growing in Abu Dhabi, according to global workspace provider, Regus. The company has recorded its strongest year on record for its offerings in the capital city, and is set to open three new business centers serving on-shore license holders by the third quarter of this year.
In the first half of 2018, Regus recorded more than 50% increase in demand for its offering in Abu Dhabi compared to the same period last year. The firm says Abu Dhabi-based businesses are increasingly looking to save money on lengthy leases and offer staff greater freedom in where and when they work.
The three new centers are located in key business areas in Abu Dhabi – Al Bateen, Al Mussafah and Al Reem Island – all offering prestigious addresses for businesses, whether start-ups, small or medium-sized enterprises or multinational corporations. The new centers provide flexible workspaces that free businesses to work more flexibly and the ability to work wherever they like. Workspace options include private offices, co-sharing workspaces, a variety of meeting rooms, and full connectivity, thanks to state-of-the-art technology services.
Mr. Vassilis Bazinis, Country Manager UAE, Regus said: “There is a huge shift in the workspace landscape globally and Abu Dhabi is no exception. Businesses are recognizing that offering flexible working strategies to their employees provided them with significant benefits. We pioneered flexible workplaces 30 years ago and now we are leading the workplace revolution helping businesses make flexibility work for them and their people.”
According to a recent study by International Workplace Group (IWG), the parent group of leading workspace companies including Regus, 60% of UAE workforce skip the office to work elsewhere and over 50% do so for at least half of the week, heralding a major reassessment of corporate real estate. The UAE study was part of a comprehensive global study based on the insights of over 18,000 business people across 96 companies.
The survey also found that flexible working not only reduces commuting time, but enhances productivity, staff retention, job satisfaction and even creativity. This is in addition to the financial and strategic advantages that it brings for businesses.
Earlier this year, Regus opened its first dual-license business center in Dubai serving both free zone and on-shore Dubai license holders as well as in Jumeirah Lakes Tower business center in Dubai. This demonstrates the rapid evolution of workplace environments in the UAE and mirrors the current global trends of working from multiple locations and developing co-sharing and collaborative spaces that encourage networking.