Metro accessibility and good wifi.
Looking for a place to work but don’t want to waste time commuting all the way to Media City?
Every entrepreneur's plight is to get started somewhere. But where?
We went day in and day out to places just so you didn't have to.
Check out our top 4 suggestions for cafe's somewhere you can actually get some work done, and if you’re under a budget.
4. Costa - Burjuman
Costa coffee surprises with its fast wifi albeit it needs hourly reconnecting. It's a few minutes walk away from the metro. Great coffee, comfortable seating, including a few unique seats along with couches at the back. Plenty of seating outside the cafe as well, however sockets are only available on the inside of the cafe. It does require hourly reconnecting which can prove a little inconvenient for people, but it's great for getting up and stretching your muscles. They've got a variety of sandwiches you can pick from, so if you get hungry, Costa's got your back.
3. Caribou Coffee - Deira City Center
Looking for home outside home? Established in 1992, this United States based coffee shop has the best cozy and homey vibe.
Located 1 escalator ride up from the metro and a 30 second walk away, this cafe is the biggest one that's this close. An impressive display of mugs greets you at the front of the cafe, for you to look at when you've looked at your laptop screen for too long. Wall sockets in various corners so you're covered if you forgot to charge your laptop and need to work for hours on end. You want try and head to the end of the cafe if you're looking for a private corner.
To access the wifi you will need a wifi coupon that will be provided by the staff.
Great variety of food, possibly the best olive & cheese sandwich ever. (You have to try it!)
2. Tim Hortons - Trade Centre Area
If you need the spectacular view of the towers on Sheikh Zayed Road to get those gears working, this is the place for you. Excellent in winter especially, because of its outdoor seating. Lenient with smokers too.
Too hot to sit outside? No problem. They've got a good number of seating arrangements inside including sofas. They've got a decent number of wall sockets and fast wifi indoors. Unfortunately no wall sockets outside and wifi gets weaker as well.
In case you were wondering, fast service from the staff and pretty great variety of coffees and foods.
Most importantly, it's smack in between the Trade Centre and Emirates Towers Metro Stations, so it's a 5-7 minute walk from either station.
1. Dome Cafe - Burjuman
Dome cafe is ideal for people who want to work and who want to take a break. It’s a very cozy place with its old and rich decor. Not even a minute walk away from the metro exit, this is the first place you will see as soon as you exit the metro station. You can see it has plenty of outdoor as well as indoor seating.
They’ve got lots of power sockets available indoors so it’s just a matter of your seating preference. A dedicated wifi network is available as well, which works like a charm. No renewals, and no signal loss.
The food might be priced on the high end, but the coffees are reasonable and perfect if you’re looking for a steaming cup of coffee as you type away.