Regus celebrates a decade of rising demand in the Gulf with sixth centre in Dubai



Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 26th, 2012 – A decade after establishing its first business centre in Dubai, Regus continues to experience growing demand for its flexible workspace. In response, the global workspace provider has opened its sixth business centre in Dubai – at Dubai World Central, the world’s first ‘aerotropolis’.

Regus CEO, Mark Dixon.
Regus CEO, Mark Dixon.

Over the past ten years, the Regus network in the UAE has grown from one centre to eleven centres today: six in Dubai, four in Abu Dhabi, and one in Sharjah. The growth of the network has delivered ever-increasing choice and convenience for local and international businesses.

Pushing up the demand for Regus’s business centres in the Gulf is a move towards flexible ways of working. This is evident in the latest edition of the Regus Business Confidence Index (September 2011). The survey shows that seven out of ten (68%) firms in the Gulf intend to increase headcount over the next two years. Of these, 61% intend to hire freelance staff, ensuring they have the flexibility to respond quickly to new opportunities or changes in the business environment.

The Regus Business Confidence Index also reveals that business confidence in the Gulf is markedly higher than the global average. Business performance was also encouraging, with 55% of firms reporting revenue growth and 45% profit growth.

Joanne Bushell, VP for Middle East and Africa, Regus, commented: “There’s a clear sense of bullishness and dynamism in the UAE and the Gulf, and businesses want to invest in people and growth. Using Regus workspace allows them to expand quickly and cost-effectively, confident that they can rapidly scale up or down in response to market conditions. We help them enjoy all the upside of the economic climate without the risk of expensive real estate commitments.”

She continues: “It’s a great solution for these times, and one that – as we continue to invest in our network in the Gulf – more and more companies are benefitting from.”

About Regus

Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios. Regus enables people to work their way, whether it’s from home, on the road or from an office. Customers such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nokia join hundreds of thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to Regus, allowing them to focus on their core activities.

Over 900,000 customers a day benefit from Regus facilities spread across a global footprint of 1,200 locations in 550 cities and 95 countries, which allow individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to. Regus was founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1989, is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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