Never a dull meeting

Malta, 18th July 2013 – Although it is rare nowadays to step into a coffee shop without seeing at least one meeting in full swing, flexible working for some Middle Eastern executives can be more of an intrepid experience. In a new survey, they have revealed that they are all but traditional in their choice of meeting location. More than 26,000 respondents from over 90 countries were asked the strangest place where they had ever had a business meeting, with the oddest venues including a convent, an old railway tunnel, a nursery and a maggot farm.

Some of the locations revealed by the study seem more suited to an action-packed thriller, others indicate that there’s literally nowhere that businesspeople consider off-limits for a meeting; they include in an airline hangar, on a submarine, down a mine, in an out-of-service elevator and on an old shrimper.

Top 5 Strangest Meeting Places Globally

Top 5 Strangest Meeting Places in the Middle East

A Brussels sprout field

On a camel

On a sleigh during a sleigh ride

At a Formula 1 race

On a Navy warship

On some scaffolding

A rubbish dump

In the engine room of a boat

At a wedding banquet

Under a tree in the jungle

Although it is unlikely that scaffolding will become a hit in the Middle East any time soon a Formula 1 race would be far more palatable.

More common grab-a-meeting venues seem to be cars, coffee shops and hotel rooms, while planes and airports are also popular choices reflecting the international nature of business today. However, it gets curiouser: toilets and bathrooms feature more than once and at least one person reported having a business meeting in a portacabin.

On the upside, swimming pools, saunas, beaches and yachts all feature more than once, showing that business meetings aren’t always such hard work.

A Regus spokesperson comments: “The strange places that people find themselves in for business meetings, from bathrooms to abandoned buildings and beaches show just how open-minded and flexible people have become in the business world. The venues revealed in this research may not be to everyone’s liking, and some certainly give pause for thought in terms of safety and professionalism. Luckily for less adventurous professionals, a huge network of professional and productive meeting places is available around the world helping them focus on targets rather than their unusual surroundings.”

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