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So I have 2nd and 3rd interviews for two companies in DIFC (I know, I know) and so might find myself in a position where I have to choose between them. I am currently weighing up the salaries and benefits of both, but one of them offers free lunch! I know this is a minor thing, but I really want to know more about it.

I was told that you get free lunch "up to AEDx per day", but what I really want to know is... can you save it all up to the end of the month then have dinner at one of the nice restaurants there? Or do you have to redeem it on a daily basis? I think the scheme may be something to do with the Al Ansari card, but am not sure. Just wondered if any of you guys worked at DIFC and had the same perk. Feel a bit embarrassed asking, actually. Which is why I didn't ask at the interview.

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So I have 2nd and 3rd interviews for two companies in DIFC (I know, I know) and so might find myself in a position where I have to choose between them. I am currently weighing up the salaries and benefits of both, but one of them offers free lunch! I know this is a minor thing, but I really want to know more about it.

I was told that you get free lunch "up to AEDx per day", but what I really want to know is... can you save it all up to the end of the month then have dinner at one of the nice restaurants there? Or do you have to redeem it on a daily basis? I think the scheme may be something to do with the Al Ansari card, but am not sure. Just wondered if any of you guys worked at DIFC and had the same perk. Feel a bit embarrassed asking, actually. Which is why I didn't ask at the interview.

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No idea, but I will help you spend it.

A mate of mine got something like this when he worked at HSBC - but it was a book of little vouchers.
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Are you at DIFC then, Millhouse?
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You are coming to the Middle East and you are worried about LUNCH VOUCHERS ???
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You are coming to the Middle East and you are worried about LUNCH VOUCHERS ???
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You are coming to the Middle East and you are worried about LUNCH VOUCHERS ???
No, I'm not worried about LUNCH VOUCHERS, I am comparing the benefits of 2 different jobs, one of which pays for lunch. I really want the lunch-paying one, not because of the lunch (obv) but because it is a more exciting job. However, the other one pays more so I am trying to big up the lunch-paying one. Having said that, I have just had a baby and haven't worked in ages, so the idea of saving up all the LUNCH VOUCHERS and going out for a nice dinner once a month is very enticing.

I realise this all makes me sound more than a teensy bit sad...
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I realise this all makes me sound more than a teensy bit sad...
Just a bit. Just take the job, bitching over benefits never wins you friends. And yes, I'm in the DIFC.
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I realise this all makes me sound more than a teensy bit sad...
Not at all. It's a benefit.

I now bring in lunch because I average 48dhs a day.

That's 240 per week / 960 per month / 11,520 per year

If the other offer is say 7,200 (30dhs a day) better then you're looking at a matched package.

I'm a maths smart lad today.
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...bitching over benefits never wins you friends.
Goodness no, I'm not doing that. Especially here. I remember when I was at ADIA we made an offer to a guy who started to quibble over certain benefits (ridiculous as the benefits at ADIA are phenomenal).

Anyway, the head of our department told him to forget it and withdrew the offer...
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If the other offer is say 7,200 (30dhs a day) better then you're looking at a matched package.

I'm a maths smart lad today.
Yeah, that's my thinking. It's AED 60 per day. But I need to know that I can benefit, as I certainly would not be eating AED 60 worth of lunch per day!
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Yeah, that's my thinking. It's AED 60 per day. But I need to know that I can benefit, as I certainly would not be eating AED 60 worth of lunch per day!
Millhouse will help.

Or just buy it and have it for dinner too.

Not sure Gaucho will take 20 lunch tokens for a dinner for two?
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Originally Posted by LaLaLayla View Post
Yeah, that's my thinking. It's AED 60 per day. But I need to know that I can benefit, as I certainly would not be eating AED 60 worth of lunch per day!
Some cracking lunch places over there though.... You could invite your friends or internet correspondents () and think of the benefit that would be!

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Oh, I hadn't thought of the embarrassment of having to sit there counting out lunch vouchers to pay for a meal
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Originally Posted by LaLaLayla View Post
Oh, I hadn't thought of the embarrassment of having to sit there counting out lunch vouchers to pay for a meal
I feel mortified getting out vouchers for a free brekkie at Paul.
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Some cracking lunch places over there though....
Yeah, there are, but can you imagine how enormous you would get eating AED 60 worth of lunch every day? Everyone in DIFC seems to be slim and good-looking. You don't get like that by stuffing yourself with Potbelly sandwiches
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