Akin At The Beach is the coolest barbershop in Dubai
Cool. It is a simple word, and one that people tend to overlook due to the need to constantly overhype things. The truth is no word describes the Akin barbershop better than that, and no part of that is left to chance.
Akin At The Beach is the second outlet of the slick, Dubai-grown men’s chop shop. In contrast to its original location on Sheikh Zayed Road near the World Trade Center, this one is located in the tourist-heavy, pedestrianised shopping area The Beach but retains many of the hallmarks that has earned Akin its loyal following.
For starters, the venue is hard to find. Seemingly based on a ‘if you know, you know’ principle, the four-chair barbers is not signposted and tucked away within the entranceway of The Warehouse Gym. Inside the clean, precise aesthetics of Akin gives the impression of walking into an interactive art project.
Designed by boutique architect firm, Anarchitect, the high-quality materials used in the space give it a rather delicious up-market, hipster feel with exposed concrete walls, black paneling and a wooded ‘frame’ structure allowing the space a personality of its own. The unclutteredness of its shelves and working surfaces combined with the use of classic barbershop hexagonal tiling makes it feel clinical, but in a good way.
According to its tagline, Akin offers haircuts, beard tune-ups and straight razor shaves, but it is the addition of a curated concept store and lattes and cold drip brews thanks to its working relationship with the caffeine kings Common Grounds next door that elevates it to the more luxury-end of the barbershop shop experience.
The cuts don’t come cheap (AED175 for a haircut), nor do they come quick (approx. 45-mins), but it is not a place that looks to attract the masses. Since it originally launched in 2015, it has grown through predominately word-of-mouth attracting a mix of stylish, upwardly-mobile men who know the impact of a good fade, and those who want to hideaway in a calming bolt hole where they can slow down and get lost for a bit. Both types of customer, and the Akin experience as a whole, are in search of the same thing that most people tend to overlook – cool.
Akin At The Beach, The Warehouse Gym JBR, Dubai. Tel: +971 52 3647092