Regus Group opens business centre in the UAE
As part of its regional expansion plans, Regus Group, the world's leading operator of business centres and outsourced offices, has opened a US $2 million state-of-the-art business centre in the United Arab Emirates at the Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA) in collaboration with real estate giant, Union Properties.
The 1200 square-foot centre was officially opened by Dr. Mohammed Al Zarouni, Director General, DAFZA, under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Department of Civil Aviation and DAFZA.
Regus is now one of the largest single investors in DAFZA and provides 140 workstations and 53 offices situated in a high quality complex, fully equipped with WiFi connectivity and Checkpoint firewalls for added security. The Regus business centre also offers video conferencing, high-speed IT connections, dedicated phone lines and a convenient answering service.
“The Middle East is a dynamic region experiencing a period of substantial growth and development thus proving attractive to international organisations. Whether office space is required for an hour or 12 months, the new Regus business centre at DAFZA offers the flexibility and convenience certain to benefit those companies looking for shorter leases,” said Mike Hynes, Regional General Manager, Regus.
“Our reputation for providing the ultimate in outsourced office environments has been further enhanced, with 50 percent of the space at our new facility already pre-booked. The lowered start-up and operating costs combined with easy set-up make Regus’ instant offices a viable option for organizations looking for a quick way to set up shop in the region,” added Hynes.
With 5 centres set to open in the UAE and offices planned throughout the Middle East including Egypt, Bahrain, Lebanon, Algeria and Qatar, Regus is already at the forefront of the outsourcing trend with the number of regional centres expected to double in 2005.
“DAFZA’s proximity to the airport, and the ease with which one can set up in a free zone, made it the ideal location for the new business centre, and we are delighted to be collaborating with a company of Regus’ calibre on such a landmark project.,” added Simon E. Azzam, CEO of Union Properties.
“Recent research conducted by leading organizations such as Gallup has shown that office outsourcing will be a major industry in its own right by 2010. With the Middle East poised to be at the centre of this growth, we’ve realized how critical expansion in the region is to our long-term success,” concluded Hynes.
The Regus Group opened their first business centre, which is now 100 percent occupied, in Dubai at Union House in April 2000.