By Tamara Pupic
Abu Dhabi’s first co-working space to launch today.
A public grand opening of GlassQube, Abu Dhabi’s first fully dedicated co-working space, will be held today.
The launch event of GlassQube, located in Sky Tower on Reem Island, will feature a discussion between local entrepreneurs, experts, and media representatives touching on the topic of how to turn an idea into a viable business. The event starts at 6.30pm.
Bernard Lee, a former Wall-Street investment banker, and Fahad Al Ahbabi, an Emirati entrepreneur, have set up GlassQube to fill a void for Abu Dhabi residents looking for affordable, and flexible workspace.
“Our mission with GlassQube is to provide highly cost effective, beautifully designed spaces for networking, learning and collaboration for companies of all scale and maturity, ultimately catalysing sustained economic growth and diversification from Abu Dhabi across the entire MENA region,” the co-founders said in a statement.
GlassQube has an area of 2,000 sqm with 500 workstations spread across three phases representing more than 100 semi-private and private offices.
The co-working space differentiates itself from others by bringing together companies of all scale and maturity - from freelancers, start-ups, to SMEs and large companies that aim to keep up with innovation trends in their fields.
Among the first companies to join GlassQube are Uber UAE, and local start-ups I Luv Coffee and Slices.
To sustain the learning, networking and collaborative environment, GlassQube will forge a series of exclusive partnerships with local organisations, such as Dubai SME and the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development.
Al Ahbabi and Lee plan to quickly spread the GlassQube concept to other neighbourhoods in Abu Dhabi.
The co-founders have released a request for proposals for the GlassQube Flagship Building, a facility of some 15,000 sqm that will include four co-working areas, 1,000 workstations, 200 private offices, an F&B Lab and an Engineering Lab.