Dubai has plenty of great mobile workplaces for freelancers and those on-the-go. The only difference is that some are obvious, while others might be considered ‘hidden gems’.
So, if you’re on the lookout for a quiet spot for a few hours or a place to meet an important client, our list of 6 ideal cafes in Dubai for meetings and creative work:
1. MAKE Business Hub
*Editor’s Note: MAKE Business Hub is currently undergoing renovation and relocating to a new destination. The location below is no longer relevant.
This place has minimalistic, urban decor and boasts many work stations for groups or individuals, a quiet environment that promotes productivity amongst its customers and free WiFi connection!
Recommended: Seared tuna salad with soy-mirin dressing
How much: Approx AED 100 for 2
Where: Level One, Al Fattan House, The Walk, JBR [A few minutes walk from the JBR Tram stop].
Contact: 04-3929216; http://www.makebusinesshub.com
An informal, relaxing montreal inspired cafe & bistro and wide-panned windows and bulbs hanging from cords.
Recommended: Banana French Toast with Caramel and Poutine
How much: Approx AED 175
Where: Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, JLT
Contact: 04 369 7821; www.fraiche.ae
3. Pantry Café
This Al Wasl Square café has a modern, warehouse feel, but it’s also bright and airy owing to huge floor-to-ceiling windows that let the light flood in. This is complemented by the venue’s complimentary Wi-Fi.
Recommended: Don’t miss out on the crepes and waffles
How much: Approx. AED 175 for 2
Where: Al Wasl Square, Al Wasl Road
Contact: 04 3883868; http://www.pantrycafe.me
4. Urban Bistro
A stylish little bistro-style café filled with warm, wooden furniture, and an outdoor seating deck overlooking the water. Get lost in the large bookshelf on the back wall, which has a plethora of books, magazines and newspapers.
Recommended: Mini Sandwiches and Sweet Potato Fries
How much: AED 150 for 2
Where: Dubai Media City
Contact: 04 3624330; http://www.urbanbistro.ae
5. A4 Space
One of my personal favorite co-working spaces to inspire and get inspired. A4 covers an area of 6000 sq ft and is located in the midst of Alserkal Avenue. It boasts free wifi, cinema room, project space and occasionally has a few pop-ups for local designers.
Recommended: Grab a bite and some delicious refreshments from appetite cafe
How much: XXX
Location: Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz
Contact Details: 04-4161900; http://www.alserkalavenue.ae/a4space
6. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai
Chill out and do your thing at this laid-back natural woody space while you soak up the best views of the Burj Khalifa.
Recommended: Kiwi Cooler, Quinoa Salad
How much: AED 175 for 2
Location: Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
Contact: 04 447 7025; pavilion.ae
Have you been to any of these places? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.
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