Coworking / Coliving
Siwa Oasis Egypt
Digital nomad? Looking for a coworking space in Egypt so you can see those /\ /\ /\ at the same time as getting some work done? We are Egypt’s first Coworking / Coliving space. We can show you the way in Cairo and then down to Siwa Oasis for some remote working in the day and hanging out with like-minded digital nomads at night in the hot spring. Walk in the great sand sea on a full moon and experience the Berber farming culture by day at the weekends.
Monthly memberships is for nomads only and includes: workspace, fast reliable internet, decent accommodation & breakfast all from $180 a month.
Six essentials for Co Working / Co Living
Six reasons to cowork Somewhere Different
Where you spend most of your time – the place you sit and work from every day
What makes Coworking space right for you?
Having reliable fast internet is obviously your base need – but as you know, working with like minded digital nomads makes all the difference to your productivity and focus to your online work. If you are staying in a hostel were every one is partying and sight seeing day and night – you begin to question why you are not being like them and enjoying life. Then you remember they are all going back to their day jobs soon and are on holiday. You are not, you are at the day job in your remote office and want to get stuff done. Being surrounded by like minded remote workers who have the same drive and motivations as you makes all the difference. You want to be at your desk early, grab a coffee with the others and start your working day with a good feeling.
The main work areas is a quite zone from 8.30am to 6.00pm at night. That’s “ get stuff done” time. There are several areas in the Siwa Villa where you can take a break and talk with fellow nomads during the day and the Skype room is planned and being built very soon.
We are based in a nice villa made of mud in a very quite part of town behind the old Shali fort – yet only 5 minutes from the souk and restaurants. It used to be the old poor part of town but when I first bought the house here, other foreigners followed and pushed the price up and so every one sold. It’s a shame it has changed the place but from a working point of view its great. It’s very quite in the day and night as often the neighbors houses are empty – yet you have the souk literary 5 mins away and as much siwan cultural experiences as you want. The black smith is still here across the street, he is always around with who ever is sitting out side his forge for a chat – if you speak Siwan 🙂
Where you live and what you do on your day off
What makes Coworking space right for you?
Somewhere Different co working space is based in a house called the Siwa Villa. It was / is a luxury villa that was built for families wanting high end desert tours and was very successful before the revolution in Egypt in 2011. There are 4 rooms, one single, one double, one twin and one dorm with 4 beds in it. The rooms surround the main work area so you can work with others or switch back and forth to your room for calls or private work any time.
On the roof we have a fire pit where we gather after work in the evenings to try and not talk about work and plan our weekend trips out into the desert or to a new hot spring we have not visited yet. It has a spit for roasting lambs, goats, chickens… aubergines
– whatever you fancy.
I have a jeep, I know my way around the desert and I like to go out there. So when we are all up for it, we can go out for day trips at the weekends when we are not working and even sleep out there. We do full moon walks – its pretty amazing to walk for hours with just the moon to guide you. There are then the hot springs – we can visit them too at the weekends or even during the week. The jeep has enough room to take us all and even the odd back packer we find in town who wants to hang out. If you booked a local safari car to take you to the hot springs and the desert would probably be more than your Somewhere Different membership. If you see our co working packages you will see that this is all included and desk/accommodation starting from $180 so… a pretty god deal all round.
COST OF LIVING
Have the competitive edge makes all the difference
What’s the cost of living in Siwa Oasas – Egypt?
You are a digital nomad, or about to become one. You will have heard Chiang Mia is the place for digital nomads due to the balance of wow factor, costs and good internet. Don’t take my word for it, see here on the travellers bible for cost comparison Numbeo Alexandra in Egypt is our nearest big city, it’s over 100% more expensive to live in Chiang Mia than Alex. I aske Ahmed our manager here as he is from Alex ” Is Siwa cheaper to live in than Alexandra? ” he smiled and replied ” Much cheaper”.
We are one of the most cost effective places to work from and have fun in – compared to anywhere travellers like to go.
Unless you are a rock star travel blogger or killed on on bitcoins – you want to keep your costs as low as possible. The less you need to have a nice standard of living, the more competitive you are when it comes to pitching for work. If you are just starting out it makes all the difference.
Don’t forget when you finally decided to hit the road for a life or work and travel – the idea is to be in a place 5x more interesting than home and 5x cheaper to live. Siwa ticks the cost of living box and the wow box too as you will see.
It’s all about the internet speed and reliability
We have the best internet connection this side of Cairo
We have fast reliable internet with speeds between 13mbs and 1ombs for max five people so it’s fast enough for Skype video calls and hassle free browsing etc. We have a generator for when the power goes to keep the connection live. If the internet goes down, we have Vodafone 3G as back up. It’s fast enough to Skype from and is rarely needed but it does happen – maybe once a month for a few hours.
It has taken us around six months to get cables laid to the houses to get a much faster speed. The cable is now installed and I will update here when we have 4x speed than shown above which is the current download when creating this web page. As you can see it is 616% faster than the average speed in Egypt and we will be 4x faster very soon 🙂 Why? Because a coworking / coliving space is first and foremost about about having fast reliable internet.
We are English – It’s all about the weather
We the closest winter sun from Europe
Ok maybe because I am an Englishman that we have this obsession with the weather when we travel. Somewhere Different’s live in co working space in Egypt is based in the beautiful desert oasis of Siwa in the Western Desert and has a pretty amazing climate. Check the weather in Egypt pages here to see what the weather will be like in the months you are looking to stay. One thing for sure – it will not rain when you are here. We get less rain than London gets snow.
Lots of wow in Siwa
Berber culture, 100m dunes and hot springs
I have lived here many years and am still blown away by the desert here. The full moon walks out to the dunes, the hot springs, the madness of the souk and the old ways of Berber life in the gardens that have not changed since WWW 11. To see what wow there is here – have a look at the pages on siwa and see for yourself.