Demand for virtual offices surges

DUBAI — Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace, has reported a 15 per cent increase in demand for virtual office services in the first six months of 2011, compared to the previous six months July to December.

By (Staff Report)

Published: Wed 28 Sep 2011, 11:13 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 5:59 AM

With thousands of customers in the UAE, the company attributes rising demand for virtual offices to home-based and small businesses looking for workspace support that is low cost, low risk, and can dramatically increase productivity.

Tamkin sees clear benefits from having a virtual office: “Using the Regus services provides us with a central and convenient location for our visitors who don’t know the city well and would not be able to find our regular office location easily. We can work on the move, wherever we need to be, or take the day off, secure that someone will answer the phone and take mail deliveries.”

Joanne Bushell, vice president, Middle East and Africa for Regus, said even though the economy in UAE is recovering, small businesses are acutely aware of the need to control spending. Virtual offices offer home businesses, start-ups and companies entering the UAE market the benefits of a staffed office — such as a professional business address, and a professional receptionist to answer the phone — without the expense, risk and management time of setting up a physical presence.


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