Hive Coliv Launches as the First Coliving Development and Management Company in the GCC

  • Hive Coliv aims to redefine the residential landscape with the launch of a number of coliving developments across Dubai and the wider Gulf region
  • Offering an innovative “housing-as-a-service” approach, Hive will become the first built-to-rent, coliving developer

Dubai, December 08, 2020 Today saw the launch of Hive Coliv, the first built-to-rent real estate development and management company in the UAE exclusively focused on coliving communities. With the arrival of Hive Coliv, Dubai joins the “global living movement” growing in traction worldwide but still nascent in the region, addressing the shortage in affordable and flexible housing solutions for expatriates relocating to the emirate.

Created in partnership with A.R.M Holding, the boutique developer will provide all-inclusive, serviced living solutions with flexibility, convenience and a sense of freedom at its core.

“Living Redesigned”

Hive Coliv is a new way to live unencumbered and stands in contrast to traditional residential models. It upends conventional apartment typology in order to maximize flexibility and convenience for tenants and alleviates the loneliness of metropolitan living thanks to the inevitable social interaction, connection and collaboration between its occupants.

Coliving is gaining ground worldwide with a younger, transient audience looking for a living experience attuned with a contemporary lifestyle. The concept is built on the creation of communities of like-minded tenants benefiting from communal amenities and resources for a more affordable, fulfilling and sustainable way of life.

“Unburdening youth of the trappings of everyday life allows us at A.R.M. Holding to carry out our mission of enabling prosperity. We seek to optimize our partnerships and create synergies rather than redundancies between our investments, and we are happy to break new ground with Hive Coliv particularly as it rounds off and balances Dubai Real Estate Centre’s offering, rendering A.R.M’s own portfolio holistic,” said Mohammed Saeed Al-Shehhi, CEO of A.R.M. Holding and Dubai Real Estate Centre. “Studies show that co-living creates a sense of belonging, that in turn begets a sense of happiness further contributing to Dubai’s ‘happiness agenda and its national programme for happiness and positivity,” continued Al Shehhi.

While coliving is still in its early development stages globally, it represents an entirely new concept to the region. Hive is working to scale the model with further Dubai-based projects in the pipeline and has ambitious expansion plans for the wider GCC region.

Bass Ackerman, Founder & CEO of Hive Coliv said, “We are proud to be at the forefront of developing an innovative living solution to provide young professionals with affordable, flexible and convenient accommodation, thereby eliminating the worry and hassle traditionally associated with rental accommodation. We are confident that our offering will redefine urban rental models and cement Dubai’s position as a leading market in the real-estate industry.”

Hive commenced construction work on its flagship coliving development in Jumeirah Village Circle in July 2020, to be completed end of 2021. The building consists of two basement floors, five floors with 173 residential units and a rooftop with a pool and outdoor cinema. Residents will benefit from communal amenities spread across the entire ground floor including a café, convenience store, coworking facilities, a chef’s kitchen, screening room, gym, wellness rooms, fabrication lab and a pet grooming facility. Residential units are fully fitted with modern, adaptable furniture, a television set, internet, Netflix and other streaming services.

The developer will be providing competitive market rates that do away with expensive brokerage fees as well as flexible and affordable rental packages inclusive of utilities and use of amenities.

Housing as a Service

Hive not only plans to develop coliving communities but has made their management and operation core to its business offering, going beyond housing as a product to housing as a service. The developer is currently assessing a number of management agreements with other real estate developers where it will act in the capacity of a coliving operator.



About A.R.M. Holding

A.R.M. Holding is a multi-focused economic enabler that creates synergies and opportunities through local, regional and global investments. At the core of the company’s business strategy is its commitment to social responsibility. A.R.M. actively employs its resources to advance society and empower its players to pursue innovative solutions and inspire a better future. A.R.M. collaborates with like-minded organizations and leverages its network and partnerships to create meaningful relationships and create growth opportunities. It holds equity stakes in some of Dubai’s foremost companies in a variety of economic sectors including Banking, Telecom, FMCG, Real Estate, and Hospitality. Investing in Real Estate since 1976, A.R.M. has contributed to society with significant investments in numerous industries and versatile projects across the region and internationally.


Hive Coliv is the GCC’s first real estate developer exclusively focused on the development and management of ‘coliving’ communities. Offering a modern living solution designed to match the lifestyles and ambitions of young professionals by blending flexibility, affordability, convenience and social connection, Hive is on a mission to deliver better living solutions for young professionals giving them the freedom to focus on life. A boutique developer with a start-up mindset, Hive is working to redefine the residential landscape with the launch of several coliving developments across the U.A.E and the wider Gulf region.