By Andy Sambidge
EXCLUSIVE: Poor response to hotel's offer of free dinner to people who have lost jobs.
Despite hundreds of job cuts across the city, just one person has taken up a Dubai-based hotel’s offer of a free meal for victims of the credit crunch.
Last week it was announced that UAE residents recently made redundant could eat for free at the Arabian Park hotel from December 15 until January 15, 2009, but the hotel’s manager told Arabian Business that just one woman has contacted him to take the hotel up on its offer.
“We’ve not had as high an interest rate as I would have hoped and expected,” said Mark Lee, general manager of the three star hotel.
“There is one young lady who is coming in this week to take up the offer [but] at the moment it’s been fairly quiet – maybe it’s a sign that not as many people have been made redundant,” he added.
Hundreds of Dubai-based real estate staff have been made redundant recently as the global economic crisis has hit the local property market. The offer also extends to construction workers.
Companies including Nakheel, Damac, Tameer and Omniyat have been forced to trim their workforces while the likes of Emaar Properties and Dubailand developer Tatweer said they are reviewing their recruitment policy in light of the economic situation.
Lee said the offer was a genuine one. “It’s never nice to be made redundant and it’s a difficult time of year. We are just trying to give something back to those that are in an unfortunate position.”
The complimentary dinners will be offered in the hotel’s Brasserie restaurant from Monday.
The offer is open to anyone who has lost their job since Nov. 1. Diners must supply a copy of their redundancy notice.
This might be indicative of the fact that many staff who have been 'made redundant' have not been provided with Redundancy Notices. Just why might that be we should be asking ourselves? I smell a rat....
Do we really require this offer. It is very unfortunate for a person to loose job. How can these people expect them to come for free dinner. Dont give cheap publicity to this hotel by publishing this news.
What a shame - however, kudos to Arabian Park Hotel for the initiative. I see it every morning when I drive to work and have often wondered if there were any good restaurants - perhaps those looking to enjoy a night without splurging would consider Arabian Park - I certainly will!
This is the lousiest offer ever. You don't promote hotel business by offering free meals to redundants. Offer them job opportunities instead of one free meal. People psychologically would be ashamed to publicize their redundancies and avail the meal offer. Hence, its not true that there hasn't been redundancies because nobody availed the offer, as Lee observed.
All this while I appreciated the noble move shown by your hotel but this statement that not as many people have been made redundant ,is preposterous . Any sensible person can figure it out that redundant people in Dubai do have an element of shame and dignity as to 'openly declare' their misfortune by producing termination letters .Such demeaning moments do happen in this world but I hope and pray that its not to happen in UAE anytime soon .
I am so surprised about the hotel's reply. Although it was a nice gesture no one would have the face to show up and enquiry about a free meal. Although EVERYONE is facing difficult times in the region, people still have their dignity and pride. Maybe the hotel needs to consider if it has the resources to offer free meals to reduncancy victims, maybe it needs to consider creating low paying jobs forthose less fortunate. I sincerely as a marketer would ever advise my GM to promote such as scheme as it will be very unsuccessful and produce low results, especially in a city where pride is a ket factor. Nice try but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off
Job loser are not beggar and every job loser have the dignity.A person who lost his job means not that he/she is not matching the skill, efficiency but his/her employer is unable to match the present turmoil financial condition.
how rude is this hotel, do you expect people to give away on top of their lost job their pride and respect for a free meal? It is not helping at all, if they means to help people made redundant they can offer the money they will spend on buying the food supplies in donation to those people, especially the working class who built these buildings we live in today....
Do you think people made redundant will have the mood to go to a 3 star hotel and eat? I would rather spend that time looking for another job. The city with the world's tallest, buildings, largest shopping malls have another feather in their cap i.e. The world's most lousiest offer
WHo would think of going to a hotel to get a meal for free when he is worried about his family, worried about his company not paying his final payments because they are going bankrupt and blackmailing him/her with the NOC business, worried about not having enough money to pay his debts and credit cards, and in the midst of all this, the only helping hand he sees is a hotel offering a free meal! I think people are not realising the gravity of the situation and making a joke of it and using it to attract people...oh come look at the exhibition of the unemployed eating for free....HOW CUUUUUTTTTEEE!!!!