Dubai’s new man den fixes you thrice

Akin Barbershop, Warehouse Gym and Common Grounds have teamed up to offer the ultimate man cave.

Robert Chilton February 2, 2017

A workout, a haircut, and a cappuccino – now, doesn’t that sound like an ideal way to spend your morning? This holy trinity of male pursuits can now be enjoyed all under one roof in Dubai with the most exciting new venture so far of 2017 opening its doors this month.

Akin Barbershop, Warehouse Gym and Common Grounds coffee shop have joined forces to form a sort of Avengers-style alliance that sees each brand opening their second locations in a venue on JBR. 

Akin’s head barber, Dan Mellor, tells EDGAR he and the team took inspiration from barbershops in New York City and Brooklyn before opening this second outpost. Their first shop started snipping in the summer of 2015 around the corner from the Sheraton Grand Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road. Next door to that spot is The Sum of Us coffee shop, brother of Common Grounds, the hip café in Mall of the Emirates, and Tom & Serg in Al Quoz. 

Common Grounds will serve a slightly modified venue from its MOE location with an emphasis on healthy grab-and-go snacks, smoothies and salads to fuel workouts.

Akin’s expert barbers will provide its usual range of haircuts, beard trims and shaves, while the dedicated trainers at Warehouse will help you hit your goals as well as offer group classes. Two hours in this place and you’ll be a new man. 


The three companies are yet to pool together a group website. See: akinbarbershop.comwhgym.comcommongroundsdubai.com.