Coworking space with accommodation in Siwa Oasis in Egypt.
Somewhere Different is the first co working / co living space in Egypt. We have fast reliable internet and a high standard of accommodation for Digital Nomads who want to experience the Berber desert way of life at the weekends whilst having an office work environment in the week to get all those tasks in trello done and out the door.
Only Digital Nomads are welcome to stay. I know this might sound offensive, but if you are not looking to work online in an office environment during the week for most of the day – please do not apply for membership. A big part of the Somewhere Different co working / co living environment is working with like minded remote workers – a bit of peer pressure to be up and productive by 9.00am or to participate in the show and tell sessions on a Friday before we all go out to the hot springs with our secret stash of G&T – this is what we are all about.
Co living / co working packages – “ Does Somewhere Different provide free day passes to check out the internet connection etc?” – in a word no. We are not a normal co working space with people coming and going all the time. If we provide a free day pass we will have every backpacker who comes through Siwa wanting good internet for a day to upload their pics and then catching the night bus back to Cairo – and you can’t blame them.
The idea is it’s a little community, you come in, join the team, get to know everyone and then get your head down for some productive work time. Having day passes will create too much activity and distraction to the core residents. That is what we are focused on – our long-term co workers who want no distractions in the day and like-minded people to hang out with in the evenings – not tourists.
Because of this, the minimum stay is one week, the normal stay is one month. We currently only have 9 desk spaces so once we are full… we are full. So if you like the idea of working and hanging out with a small group of working nomads in Siwa oasis – check to see if the dates you are looking to come to Siwa are available and get your self booked in.
The future – we plan to expand the number of desks. We have a much larger house across the road and when we get time will convert that into more live co working /co living space with more Skype rooms, and a few start-up offices. It’s early days and we are keeping to Lean Startup principles.
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 on your work. If you are staying in a hostel where everyone is partying and sightseeing day & night – you begin to question why you are not 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 will want to be at your desk early here, grab a coffee with the others and start your working day with a good feeling.
The main work areas is a quiet zone from 9.00am 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 with no sudden donkey eee augh interruptions is planned and being built very soon.
Somewhere Different’s co-living co-working space in Egypt is located in a house called the Siwa Villa. It was/is a luxury villa built for families wanting high-end desert tours and was very successful before the revolution in Egypt in 2011. There are 4 rooms, single, double, twin and a dorm with 4 beds. 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 anytime.
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 a hot spring you have not visited yet. It has a spit for roasting lambs, goats, chickens… oberjeans – what ever you fancy.
Social activities – I have a Land cruiser, I know my way around the desert and I like nothing more than going 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 out in to the desert – its pretty amazing to walk for hours with just the moon to guide you. Then there are the hot springs – we visit them too at the weekends or sometimes during the week. The jeep has enough room to take us all and even the odd backpacker we find in town who wants to hang out.
Quiet Neighborhood in Siwa – We are in a nice villa made of mud in a very quiet part of town behind the old Shali fort – yet only 5 minutes from the souk and restaurants and as much Siwan cultural experiences as you want.
We have fast reliable internet with speeds between 10mbs and 16mbs and latency of, so it’s fast enough for Skype video calls and hassle-free browsing etc. We are limited to 500 GB a month on the fast connection so we do not allow large file or torrent downloading from the main connection. We have a generator for when the power goes to keep the connection live. It rarely happens but we in the process of connecting it to deal with no power when it does go off. We also have a battery powered 3G Vodafone back up for when all else fails and you have that skype call in 5 minutes.