Freelancers, students and hot deskers, need a good place to get your work done? If you need a change of scenery that includes free WiFi, great coffee and plenty of plugs, we’ve got you covered.
Words by Shreya Pilo
Our Space, Sheikh Zayed Road
Less of a workspace and more of a home from home, Our Space membership comes with a batch of impressive benefits, from the practical to the quirky. Packages from AED 3,249 a month include your own contact number, IT assistance, ‘business grade’ WiFi, credits for yoga classes and shoulder massages. In a tranquil space above the Lamborghini showroom that’s lined with oxygen-pumping green plants, all this is delivered at your desk.
Local brand Verde by Bystro café serves the kind of healthy nibbles and powerful coffee that’ll power you through the working day, or night, as this co-working space is open 24 hours a day. There’s even a ladies’ only zone.
Remote membership options and day passes are also available. For a full range of packages, visit www.ourspace.work/locations/dubai
Sketch Art Cafe, Al Safa
Calm surroundings and inspirational artwork abound in this hidden gem. Use the free WiFi to quietly work and admire the in-store art on your break time.
The coffee is fantastic, but pricey, so perhaps one for short bursts of productivity. On the menu is everything from iced Vietnamese to the product of the sleek and technical Aeropress, for which you’ll pay AED 25 and AED 26 a cup. Three flavours of home-made milk cake also win plaudits from regulars.
9am-11pm daily. Villa 1, 35 Street, Umm Ammar Road, near Boxpark, Al Safa. 04 271 2650.
Costa, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
As everyone’s favourite recreation of an ancient marketplace has gone throughly modern and announced its connected to WiFi UAE, take advantage and get your work done at Costa. The coffee does the job and an Americano starts from AED 14.75. Remember to collect your loyalty stamps, because once you’ve got nine, you can claim a freebie.
If you go when the weather’s good, you can sit outside to soak up some rays and great views of the Burj Al Arab as you work. As you’d expect, this branch gets busy at weekends and parking is free for the first two hours only.
8am-12am daily. Ground level, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. 04 368 6199.
Wild & The Moon, Al Quoz
For the freelance hipsters, Wild & the Moon Café has a checklist of trendy menu options like golden milk, matcha, açai bowls and caters for gluten-free and vegan types.
Music is low, the wifi is strong and they’re really rocking the urban garden vibe, with reclaimed wood and hanging baskets. On the flipside, hanging out all day could get expensive, as the oh-so-good-for-you eats are just too tempting, and on busy days, parking in Alserkal Avenue is limited.
8am-8pm daily (10pm weekends). Unit H 77, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz. 04 343 3392
Avec, Dubai Media City
Need to work over lunch? This expansive restaurant is a favourite with Media City types because of its salad buffet, where you can fill your plate for AED 54.
The shisha area is usually busy, so it’s easier to find a table elsewhere and there are magazines and board games if you need a laptop break.
8am-1.30am. Al Thuraya Tower 2, next to Media One Hotel. 04 430 3700
The Hamptons Café, Umm Suqeim
Early start? Grab some healthy breakfast as you work away in this kitsch café, which bakes bread fresh every day.
Aforementioned bread is AED 5 for two slices, scoff a bowl of nutty homemade granola AED 39, or go all-out with a Hampton’s Montauk Eggs, a gluten-free take on Eggs Benedict that swaps muffins for mushrooms (AED 59). Both served until 12pm weekdays and 12.45pm weekends.
WiFi is free with when you buy, and our fancy rose tea came with a complimentary macaron.
8am-11pm (1am Thursday and Friday). Villa 12, opposite Mashreq Bank, Street 9A, Umm Suqeim. 04 331 5118
Starbucks, Jumeirah 3
Grab your laptop and head down to this ‘hidden’ Starbucks for good joe of your choice – small iced coffees are AED 11.75 – and work to your heart’s content, with plenty of power outlets.
Never crowded and a haunt for other busy people, no-one will disturb you here. There’s plenty of outdoor seating if you need a fresh air break and it serves all your favourite Starby’s brews, with free WiFi when you buy one. Parking isn’t usually an issue, unless it’s rush hour at the nearby school.
7am-12am daily. Al Sinyar Street, between Jumeirah Beach Road and Al Wasl Road, Dubai, 04 419 0064.
Make Art Cafe, Al Fahidi
Grab a dose of culture with your daily grind. Set in the Alserkal Cultural Foundation Building in Al Fahidi, this is a serene spot, whether you sit inside or on the rooftop terrace.
Coffee starts from AED 15 and the signature ginger, lemon and honey tea slips down a treat (AED 20). Need a 3pm sugar hit? The café also stocks camel milk ice-cream.
Work by local artists is on show and if you want to stretch your legs, a stroll round Al Fahidi Historical District is the perfect tonic. Drivers, there’s a valet service at the entrance to Al Fahidi and much cheaper RTA on-street parking nearby.
9am-7pm daily. Al Serkal’s Heritage House, Bastakia, Al Fahidi Area, Meena Bazaar. 04 3889134
Tim Horton’s, JLT
This branch of our favourite Canadian coffee chain has plenty of open space, reasonably priced coffee and comfy chairs. Everyone loves their bite-sized Timbits too, so reward yourself with one for hitting deadline. Being your own boss has to have some perks, after all.
WiFi is free with purchase and the only downside is that it’s tricky parking in JLT. However, this branch of Tim Horton’s is only a short walk from the neighbourhood’s Metro station.
7am-10pm (5.30pm Friday and Saturday). Ground floor, Almas Tower, Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT). 055 597 6130.