Y Combinator-backed Singapore-based workplace startup Deskimo, has expanded its services to Dubai, with plans to add Abu Dhabi and other cities in the region in the near future.

Deskimo said in a statement it has built a network of independent workspaces across Dubai and makes them accessible via a mobile app.

It has also partnered with workspaces such as Nook, Servcorp, Unbox, myOffice, The Place, The Executive Center, and many more.

For these operators, Deskimo is a way to open their offices to a new audience of hybrid working professionals that would not normally purchase a monthly membership as they only irregularly require access to external workspaces.

“On average, our users stay for four hours at a workspace and use the app two to three times per week”, said Deskimo Co-Founder Christian Mischler.

“Most use the application to stay productive in between meetings or when they need to get deep work done but have a home office that does not let them focus due to distractions at home or disturbances in the building,” he added.

Deskimo provides on-demand access to professional workspaces in the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. It connects the hybrid and remote workforce with a broad network of independent workspaces.

According to the statement, the pandemic has transformed the way of working, and many companies have embraced hybrid and remote work as their default engagement modes with their workforce.

It said that employees and employers both benefit from a hybrid work setup. Companies can reduce office square footage and free up cash flow, of which some can be invested into employee benefits to attract and retain talent. Employees benefit from a more flexible lifestyle by not having to commute to a corporate office to work.

It also said a city and the general public benefit from less commuters, which reduces traffic.

While there are strong benefits of hybrid and remote work, it said not everyone has a great home office setup or simply prefers to work from outside their home to not blend their work and leisure environments, and this has given rise to many new co-working locations, and professionally managed workspaces have seen a boom in Dubai.

With 90 percent of United Arab Emirates (UAE) employees wanting to work remotely or in hybrid environments, it said the demand for desks at flexible non-corporate offices is unbroken.

Deskimo, Asia’s leading workspace aggregator app recognized this demand and has chosen Dubai as their first city in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to expand to.

It said companies that have set up a business account on deskimo.com give a budget to their employees to use at any of the offices listed on the mobile app. Remote employees can get immediate access to all co-working spaces simply by downloading the app and setting up a profile.

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