UBER Joins GlassQube: The Sharing Economy Arrives in Abu Dhabi
It has been awhile since we have updated the blog. We apologize for this but things have been incredibly busy as we prepare for the opening of the GlassQube Beta Space this April, 2016. As part of this effort, we have some very exciting updates to share with you.
Uber Joins GlassQube Coworking
The Beta Space launch continues to be on track for an early Spring opening. This highly anticipated project will fundamentally change the way the UAE thinks about workspace. No more miserable, solitary days working out of a sterile, white gypsum walled box while paying hidden fees for “IT & Voice Bundles” or “Set-up Fees” for basic services like WiFi. GlassQube Coworking has evolved the standard convention of the services a workspace should provide and what a workspace should look like. GlassQube Coworking represents the new workspace paradigm in the era of the “sharing economy”.
As testament this, we are happy to announce that Uber Technologies Inc. has joined GlassQube Coworking and will make the Beta Space their new Abu Dhabi headquarters. Uber, with a valuation of approximately $62.5 billion, is an American technology company based out San Francisco. Their service is available in over 69 countries and 388 cities worldwide.
“Uber is arguably one of the most exciting technology companies in the world today. They represent the vanguard of the “sharing economy” market revolution which aligns perfectly with GlassQube’s value proposition in the region,” said Bernard Lee, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of GlassQube Coworking. “Uber’s commitment to GlassQube Coworking prior to our formal commencement of operations in Abu Dhabi sends a strong signal of confidence to us and to the region that we are delivering something special to the market. We are thrilled to welcome Uber as a GlassQube Coworking Member and look forward to the tremendous entrepreneurial knowledge and energy they will contribute to our ecosystem and to the broader marketplace.”
When asked about Uber’s new workspace with GlassQube, Chris Free, Uber GM for the UAE & Doha said, "We are excited about joining GlassQUBE Coworking in Abu Dhabi and leveraging their ecosystem and facilities to not only expand our business in Abu Dhabi but also contribute back to the entrepreneurial community being fostered in this great space."
And by the way, all GlassQube Members will be entitled to an exclusive GlassQube-Uber corporate discount for all Uber fares.
Three Locations Opening in 2016
But wait, there’s more….
In addition to the Beta Space and the Flagship Building, GlassQube is in the early stages of delivering a 3rd space to Abu Dhabi in the South Corniche neighborhood. Although we are keeping the details of this project Top Secret for now, we can tell you that it will be an unprecedented global benchmark for flexible workspace innovation and collaboration. If everything goes according to plan, this project will be the first of its kind in the world, and yet another data point illustrating Abu Dhabi as a dedicated and growing center of entrepreneurial innovation. We hope to make a formal announcement for this project in the coming months. Stay tuned…
GlassQube & Uber Sponsored Event March 22n
For those of you in the UAE, GlassQube and Uber are sponsoring a Meetup event on Tuesday March 22nd at The Space, twofour54-Park Rotana. The event is a Meetup for Entrepreneurs and Freelancers in the UAE to network, share stories and also market their projects and seek support and collaboration if needed. There will also be a panel discussion with guest speakers including (1) Chris Free, Uber GM for the UAE and Doha; (2) Ramzy Ismail, Program Manager at Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi, a regional technology incubator; (3) Haitham Al-Khatib, CEO of Sakkini, a web based real estate services provider, and; (4) Georges Daoud Tamimi & Co, a leading regional law firm.
Georges will also be giving a presentation on the process of forming a new company in the UAE, along with insights into the accompanying legal and logistical considerations. This is an opportunity for all entrepreneurs to gain critical, concise knowledge about UAE company formation from one of the most respected law firms in the region.
Whether you are a startup or work for a Fortune 500, everyone is welcome to this event and we would love to see you there. If you plan on showing up, please RSVP here.
Well, that wraps things up for now. If you have any questions or comments, send us an email. We would love to hear from you.
The GlassQube Coworking Team