Dubai Coworking & Shared Office Space

Helping Build Innovative Companies & Startups

Community

We are a community of entrepreneurs who work in a collaborative coworking space, building innovative technology-driven companies.

Our motto is “Make it Happen,” and we bring together people who live and breathe that mindset. AstroLabs Dubai coworking community members are incredibly diverse, hailing from over 50 countries, but they all are here to learn from each other and offer a supporting hand.

If you are looking for a home to set up your new venture or for the easiest way to open an international office of an existing tech company, join us.

Company Setup

We have partnered with the largest free zone in the UAE and top-ranked zone globally, DMCC, to provide our members with a unique subsidized company licensing program.

SAVE $12,000

Waived first year company registration fees

FAST SETUP

Fast-track company setup through single point of contact at DMCC

NO CAPITAL

No initial capital requirements

FIVE OR MORE RESIDENCY VISAS

Build your team with an automatic allowance for up to 5 residency visas, and more for growing teams

We are open 24/7, located in a beautiful parkside retail space with lots of natural light.

The local metro/tram station is a 5 minute walk away, with ample parking available nearby.

AstroLabs Dubai Coworkig is a fully stocked office with fast wifi and free printing, supplies, coffee, and snacks to fuel your team. The space is built for entrepreneurs with open plan, bookable meeting rooms, casual cafe, training/events venue, a heads-down “coding cave,” device lab to test your apps, and even a shower so that you can practically live here.

The Space

Why Dubai

With 1/3 of the World Population just a 4 1⁄2 hour flight away, a presence in Dubai expands your network to over 2 billion people. Astrolabs Dubai is your ticket to a hub of global talent and connections.

UNTAPPED LARGE MARKET

2 billion people live witin a 4 hour flight

NO TAX

0% corporate and 0% personal tax

FAVORABLE REGULATION

100% foreign ownership and capital repatriation

IMMEDIATE RESIDENCY

Bring your team from around the world to the UAE

Membership Types

We realize one of the major obstacles to scaling in MENA is actually getting your company set up. At AstroLabs Dubai Coworking, we’re making the process straight-forward and affordable, with no upfront costs. Plus we don’t take any equity!

Licensed member

AED 2,500*

Per month

Annual contract includes DMCC Free Zone Trade License at no cost

Account manager to help you establish your company

Sponsor up to 5 UAE residencies (2000 AED/month per add’l member)

24/7 space access with high speed internet, bookable meeting rooms, printing, office supplies & coffee/snacks

On-site mentorship from local domain experts

Access 20+ Google-partnered Tech Hubs globally

$120,000 IBM Cloud Credit

Community member

AED 1,500

Per month

Flexible month-to-month contract w/ option to upgrade to Licensed Membership

24/7 space access with high speed internet, bookable meeting rooms, printing, office supplies & coffee/snacks

On-site mentorship + office hours

Access 20+ Google-partnered Tech Hubs globally

$120,000 IBM Cloud Credit

Moonlighter

AED 750

Per month

Flexible month-to-month contract w/ option to upgrade to Community Membership

Nights & Weekends space access, high speed internet, meeting rooms, printing, office supplies, and coffee/snacks

On-site mentorship from local domain experts

Team Memberships

Teams of 4 or

more

Preferential pricing and exclusive discounts for multiple desks

Dedicated Account Manager forLicensed applications

Access to all community perks

*Single membership rate for licensed companies is AED 3,500 excluding VAT.

EXPAND AND REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS IN DUBAI TODAY

Our team is one click away to answer you questions and get you started.

Community Success Stories

"Dubai was an obvious choice for Deliveroo. We target markets with high population density, a degree of affluence and a lot of restaurants.
When entering a new market, it’s very easy to lose focus with ‘setting up’ distractions from rent, bureaucracy, hiring etc. AstroLabs allowed us to hit the ground running and supported as along with the way with introductions, flexibility and local best practices."
Anis Harb
General Manager, Deliveroo
"Being close partners with Google, setting up the international office with AstroLabs not only made sense from a cultural match perspective, but the tremendous support, community and leadership at AstroLabs allowed InfoTrust to quickly hit the ground running with growth of the business. The accelerated company set up support with local government entities, inspiring office space + amenities & strong brand in the region allowed InfoTrust to immediately begin scaling."
Amin Shawki
Regional Managing Director - MENA, InfoTrust
When considering the leanest way to establish a proper office in Dubai, AstroLabs immediately appeared as the best option for Effilab : start-up friendly licensing package, very efficient support, actual fast-tracking & an environment with companies from all over the world. What really stands AstroLabs apart is that they are at the heart of the digital eco-system in the Middle East, and give its members a spontaneous and privileged access to a network of companies and contacts: our two first customers came through connections made in AstroLabs.
Timothée Désormeaux
Associate Director, Effilab Middle East
“Great place for a nice start especially for new comers in the region”
Geraldine Escarguel​
Geraldine Escarguel
Service Line Leader, Ipsos
“My Happy Dubai life started from AstroLabs”
Abdoullah Tahri Jouti
Head of Information Technology, Edenred
“It was a great experience and a wonderful stepping stone towards our own office space.”
Natalie Bachani
Manager - Operations, BitOasis
“Space is beautiful, well designed clean and quiet. Perfect for working."
Ivan Vassieliev
Co-Founder & CEO, Learningonline.xyz
“Its a great location and facilities for what I want, the ability to scale up quickly is what I need and the costing is very good value. Overall a perfect place to work for a small business, don't be tempted to get too corporate and lose what you have built up!”
David Quaife
Managing Director - MENA, Practicology
“Inspirational environment to work in, excellent staff to guide and assist, great location, value for money and very educational if you take advantage of the many offerings and sessions available.”
Sverre Christiansen
General Manager, Norwegian Business Council
“The staff are great, the people within the community are incredibly dynamic, welcoming and supportive.”
Robert Mould
Founder, Happy Hour Dubai
“AstroLabs is a great place to work and connect with international entrepreneurs, remote workers, and freelancers."
João Gonçalves
Senior Engineer and Business Development Manager, HR Wallingford
“I am focused on my core business while Astrolabs is taking care of the rest.”
Taher Alami
Taher Alami
Founder and CEO, ABWeb
“Anyone who wants to start a business in Dubai, or open a regional office should start at AstroLabs. There are enough headaches when starting a business, and you took quite a lot away.”
Nicolas Soucaille
Head of Aviation Sales, Blacklane
“From the ground to startup, it is a smooth journey thanks to Astrolabs. Registration of the company is made sooooo easy!”
Guillaume Bailly-Salins
CEO & Co-Founder, The Other Company
“A great ecosystem for innovation and finding synergies with other startups”
Marek Stawiński
Founder, NaviParking
“The best place to start up a business”
Ghafoor Ahmad
Founder & CEO, AGA Medical Billing
“It's the best co-working space I have seen in Dubai.”
Rupert Tait
Founder, Lightified

Frequently Asked Questions

AstroLabs is an entrepreneurship platform that manages a network of collaborative coworking spaces and runs specialized capability development programs on topics in digital business. AstroLabs Dubai enables entrepreneurs to license their companies in the DMCC Free Zone and scale up their operations globally. AstroLabs Academy offers a variety of learning programs open to the public on digital marketing, entrepreneurship, coding, and many other subjects.

We are based in the heart of new Dubai in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) District. Our two Dubai spaces, Parkside and Lakeside, are located on the retail level of Cluster R. We are a 5-minute walk from the JLT metro station and conveniently located across from Dubai Marina. Directions available here: astrolabs.com/directions

We’d love to show you our unique coworking spaces and vibrant community firsthand. If you’d like a tour, please book online at astrolabs.com/tour. Alternatively, you are welcome to attend any of our free public events or go online to get a virtual 360 degree tour

We currently host more than 130 companies from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from single-founder startups to the international expansion teams of multinational corporations. Companies at AstroLabs are either tech-enabled or are innovative in nature and come from a wide range of industries, ranging from food to finance. You can check a list of our startups at astrolabs.com/members

AstroLabs currently offers three tiers of membership to serve entrepreneurs at different stages of their journey. Our “Moonlighter” nights and weekends access package at 750 AED monthly is designed for people with full time jobs but are working on a project on the side.  Our “Community Membership” tier offers 24/7 access to both Dubai spaces at AED 1500 monthly. Finally, our most popular tier is the “Licensed Membership,” offering a subsidized DMCC Free Zone license as part of the package, starting at 3500 AED monthly. All members are entitled to a wide range of community benefits (see below).

Inside our physical spaces, members have access to purpose-built coworking – either first-come first-served or reserved desks – with fast internet connectivity, ample meeting room facilitates, two member cafes with free daily coffee and fruits, a multi-purpose events space for larger programs and meetings, a prayer and relaxation room, free printing and office supplies, and access to a device lab where developers can test their products on different screens. We even have a shower onsite available for members to use.

Members have access to our network of over 40 mentors across many verticals areas of specialization that they can reach out to at any time.  We have negotiated deals with a variety of service providers to reduce cost on everything from business card printing to professional legal support. Since all members have access to a shared messaging platform, the community itself is one of the biggest resources for support. As a Google for Startups partnered tech hub, our community has preferential access to various international and local events and competitions. We also assist our startups as they seek to raise capital by connecting them to venture capital funds and individual angel investors.

The Google for Startups (GFS) Partner Network is a global community of about 40 best-in-class startup organizations, and AstroLabs is proud to be the first Google-partnered Tech Hub in the Middle East region.

Through this partnership, AstroLabs members have access to international programs such as the Passport Program, through which they can work for free in any of the other partnered tech hubs in the world when they are traveling abroad. In addition to this, GFS runs a wide array of programming for entrepreneurs. Members are eligible to participate in programs like Google Demo Day and GFS Exchange programs. Also, AstroLabs has several mentors from the local Google office who visit the hub regularly. Google Dubai organizes a regular series of events in partnership with AstroLabs.

First and foremost, our vibrant coworking community of entrepreneurial members is what makes our spaces come to life. We have built this community over years by being very selective on who joins AstroLabs, and one of the key criteria we assess during our prospective member interviews is how the team plans to give back to the community. Focusing on the importance of community from the start has led us to have a truly impressive membership base.

Secondly, our partnership with the DMCC Free Zone provides members with fast-tracked and subsidized business licenses, enabling companies to immediately establish local UAE residencies and company bank accounts without a big upfront investment or any minimum share capital requirements. This also means that entrepreneurs can hit the ground running, without having to worry about any of the administrative issues that distract from business development.

It’s simple! Apply here and click on the tier of membership you’d like to apply for. That will lead you to the online application form, which asks some basic questions about you and your venture. After submitting your application, we review internally within 2 working days and if selected we send you an invitation for an interview. Immediately after the interview, we send you the official response stating whether the startup was selected to be part of the AstroLabs community. We aim to complete the selection process within one week.

We love to see our member companies expand in size until they become too big for our space, moving into their own offices. We have had many household names in Dubai’s startup scene start at AstroLabs – a couple of examples are local startup JustMop and international scale-up Deliveroo, both of which joined us with small teams and grew quickly to a stage where they needed to move out and get their own office to accommodate their needs.

No we do not invest any capital or take any equity in any of the startups that are part of our community. This enables us to have a wide range of members, including venture-backed international scale-ups as well as small local players.

Our partnership with the DMCC Free Zone provides members with fast-tracked and subsidized business licenses, enabling companies to immediately establish local UAE residencies and company bank accounts without significant upfront capital or any minimum share capital requirements.  Once the application for Licensed Membership is accepted, we will connect you to DMCC to begin the license application process. The license fee for the first year is waived by AstroLabs and you are able to apply for 5 visas with this license. The fees for the visas are separate from AstroLabs and are your own responsibility. Our dedicated Relationship Manager from DMCC guides and assists you through this process for a seamless experience. This process will take between 3 – 6 weeks.

After you submit the application, we review internally within 3 working days and if selected we send you an invitation for an interview with one of the team members of AstroLabs (depending on both parties’ availability, the interview can take place the very same day or in the next 7 days). After the interview we send you the official response stating whether the startup was selected to be part of the AstroLabs community. All in all, the selection process last on average 1 week.

We have a dedicated Relationship Manager at DMCC who deals exclusively with startups from AstroLabs and guides the founders through the licensing process. Typically, AstroLabs companies receive their licenses within 3-6 weeks from the time we make the introduction to our DMCC RM. There are parts of the process that the DMCC, AstroLabs, nor yourself can control (e.g., government security clearance). This is an expedited timeline vs. going to the free zone directly.

Visas are not included in the package as the licensing process and the visa application process are two separate legal procedures in the UAE. You have to get the company license first and then apply for visa under your company license. Each company license at AstroLabs has a five (5) residency visa limit, i.e. you can hire five international employees and obtain three year renewable residences for each of them. Visa issuance fees are not included in the monthly price and are not paid to AstroLabs. These fees are government fees and paid directly to the DMCC. The average cost for 1 visa is 3300 AED and a 3000 AED deposit that you will receive upon cancellation of that visa.The visa application process last on average 1-2 weeks and is issued for 3 years.

Each free zone has its own requirements, conditions and services provided. Through its partnership with DMCC, AstroLabs is helping startups at their initial stage when they need to setup the company and they can’t afford paying upfront the entire amount necessary for the license (that is 40 to 50k AED) by allowing startups to pay the monthly fee for the membership and waiving the license fee for the first year.

You can add an additional activity to your present license post-license issuance so long as the 1st 2 digits of your activity code are the same. For example, if your chosen codes are 52425- then all activities starting with 52 are applicable. Under the request Additional Activity in the DMCC Portal, you pay a fee of AED 1520 after license issuance. It’s better to add all applicable activities during the license application to forego incurring additional fees. You can choose up to 6 activities under 1 license.

While AstroLabs doesn’t provide these services directly, we can facilitate introductions through our events, meetups and workshops we organize to entrepreneurs who may be interested in becoming co-founders as well as developers and designers. Also, startups at AstroLabs specialized in these fields can help you on a project basis until you decide on an in-house team.

Selling physical products is only allowed in the UAE through a mainland trade license that includes the warehousing, the logistics, the delivery permits, etc. However, you can have an e-commerce platform through a free zone license and partner with third parties that have mainland licenses for the various services the e-commerce platform needs.

We have over 40 mentors with deep expertise across many sectors. Each mentor has committed to to provide free sessions with our start-ups on a regular basis. You can see a detailed list of our mentors at www.astrolabs.com/mentors

We love to see our start-ups grow ‘too big’ to be with us! It’s a sign that we’re both doing something right! Some good examples of this are local success JustMop and international scale-up Deliveroo, both of which joined us with small teams and grew quickly to a stage where they needed to move out and get their own office to accommodate their needs.

Being part of the Google for Startups network enables us to work with and learn from other organizations supporting startups globally. Any start-up that’s a member of a Google-partnered Tech Hub has access to a global network and can use any of the other work spaces anywhere in the world. As we are the only such partner in the MENA region, we are open to supporting any incubator or accelerator whose start-ups are looking to expand or establish themselves in MENA.

AstroLabs thrive in collaboration and we welcome great ideas that can mutually help our community and yours. Please describe to us clearly what this partnership entails. We will discuss internally and contact you for additional information or questions.

The AstroLabs community is built on a network of great thinkers and doers. We encourage entrepreneurial, out-of-the-box thinking. And we want to help entrepreneurs to push their innovative ideas and help them make it happen. Please send us a few details on this project and let us know how we can be of help.

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