WeWork begins advertising for roles in Dubai

The office space giant yet to provide details on the opening of a new location in the emirate

FILE PHOTO: A woman exits a WeWork co-working space in New York City, New York U.S., January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
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WeWork has advertised the position of a community manager in Dubai but declined to comment on when it is planning to start its operations in the emirate.

The development comes as the US-based shared office space giant prepares to go public. The company, valued at $47 billion (Dh172.6bn) earlier this year, would be the second-biggest IPO of the year behind Uber, which was valued at $82.4bn after it went public in May on the New York Stock Exchange.

Earlier this month, WeWork said it plans to open its first UAE location at Hub71 in Abu Dhabi Global Market early next year.

In the advertisement posted on LinkedIn, the company said it is looking for a community manager who has experience in project management and business operations. Candidates applying for the role should also have a four-year college degree and other relevant skills.

The company also listed various goals and objectives of the job including “maintenance of 100 per cent occupancy by achieving sales goals and driving growth and promotion of WeWork-provided service offerings.”

The LinkedIn post says the community manager should be able to engage in the larger market by attending events and networking with local start-ups and organisations to boost growth.

WeWork is backed by Japan's SoftBank VisionFund, which counts Mubadala Investment Company and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund as its two largest outside investors.

Founded in 2010,WeWork offers a range of options for private offices and desks to more than 466,000 members, with prices varying depending on the market. For example, a desk in Mumbai can be rented for $150 per month but the same will cost at least $400 in London.

The popularity of co-working spaces has taken off in tandem with a rise in tech-based freelance and entrepreneurial work around the world. Nearly 1,688 co-working spaces will be opened worldwide this year, according to a report by Coworking Resources. The total will reach 26,000 globally in the next three years.