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Old Dec 9th 2012, 10:56 am
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What's your view on a European company in the UAE holding an Xmas party (and blatantly calling it that)? Said company employs about 70 people, of whom about 10 (at most) are Christians, boss-man being one of them. His take is that its a European company and therefore the company should maintain European traditions. The company didn't hold an Iftar.

I think that's bollocks. Its relying on the goodwill of all the non-Christians, and it would be far fairer to have a New Year Party (yeah, I know that's tied up with Christianity, but much more loosely). However, I'm told that no-one else made a comment.

Maybe I should just take some chill pills.
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Old Dec 9th 2012, 10:59 am
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I think you should chill, I am sure the rest of the work force are just seeing it as a night out.
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The infidels in my company are way outnumbered, but we still have a Christmas party. That said, we also have Iftar.
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Definitely chill darling, after all it is Christmas.
I have had many conversations with my local clients about Christmas, Jesus,
Easter etc. and none of them have been worried or upset about anybody celebrating anything. I think it is more the 'Western' people who worry about upsetting other nationalities.

Merry Christmas everybody (never Happy Holiday!!)
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We had a Christmas party, only person that didn't come was the Indian Accountant.

Rest of us left the presentation, straight to the bar and first jagerbombs at 13:45.

I was asleep outside my apartment (no keys) at 22:00.
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What's your view on a European company in the UAE holding an Xmas party (and blatantly calling it that)? Said company employs about 70 people, of whom about 10 (at most) are Christians, boss-man being one of them. His take is that its a European company and therefore the company should maintain European traditions. The company didn't hold an Iftar.

I think that's bollocks. Its relying on the goodwill of all the non-Christians, and it would be far fairer to have a New Year Party (yeah, I know that's tied up with Christianity, but much more loosely). However, I'm told that no-one else made a comment.

Maybe I should just take some chill pills.
I wont be going to our so called xmas party, they cant even give us the firkin day off xmas day, they make us take a days holiday!
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I wont be going to our so called xmas party, they cant even give us the firkin day off xmas day, they make us take a days holiday!
well we do live in a Muslim country and they don't celebrate it, a lot of companies are the same
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Definitely chill darling, after all it is Christmas.
I have had many conversations with my local clients about Christmas, Jesus,
Easter etc. and none of them have been worried or upset about anybody celebrating anything. I think it is more the 'Western' people who worry about upsetting other nationalities.

Merry Christmas everybody (never Happy Holiday!!)

You're right. Few non-Westerners/Christians are ever offended by being wished a Happy Christmas. Are you (generically) offended by someone saying Eid Mubarak for example?

It's just a get together and Christmas is so secular these days anyway.

I have no issue with Happy Holidays. It's a American term used to include mainly Christmas and Hannukah, so is inclusive rather than a way of avoiding saying Christmas.


And Chag Hannukah Sameach!
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And Chag Hannukah Sameach!
I'm offended

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Originally Posted by Bahtatboy View Post
What's your view on a European company in the UAE holding an Xmas party (and blatantly calling it that)? Said company employs about 70 people, of whom about 10 (at most) are Christians, boss-man being one of them. His take is that its a European company and therefore the company should maintain European traditions. The company didn't hold an Iftar.

I think that's bollocks. Its relying on the goodwill of all the non-Christians, and it would be far fairer to have a New Year Party (yeah, I know that's tied up with Christianity, but much more loosely). However, I'm told that no-one else made a comment.

Maybe I should just take some chill pills.
It wouldn't even occur to me to have an issue with it...there's Christmas music on the radio, the shops are full of Christmas stuff, all the restaurants are advertising their Christmas day lunches and dinners, in Mirdif City Center, which is a mall where loads of locals shop, there are Christmas displays set up with local kids being photographed by their parents...so what's the issue of having an office Christmas party...
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well we do live in a Muslim country and they don't celebrate it, a lot of companies are the same
Are they really? Didn't know that. Would have thought all British Companies got day off, also couldn't't go in the office if wanted to .....it's officially closed.
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What I always find amusing is the rows of locals queueing up with their kids to see Santa (in Wafi usually).

That just shows how (in some ways) the Arabs are not just tolerant, but actively promote celebration.

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Jesus was a prophet in Islam.

http://islam.about.com/cs/jesus/f/jesus_quran.htm

Companies who give Christmas day off are few and far between (even UK ones) - there is no requirement to.
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We (US HQ with regional offices based in Jebel Ali) have Christmas and NYD officially off. That's for everyone in the region. Our Christmas party is going to be at Emirates Golf club this year. Last year it was at the Movenpick at JBR and Santa abseiled down from the roof..impressive apart from he got snagged on his lines halfway down and in the panic his beared fell off. Never knew Santa was a Phillipino.
Just like our Iftar parties that are attended by all relgions, so is our Christmas party. Every employee's child who is attending gets a present from santa, yup that includes the muslims, who love it.
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Only Christmas day off here - no office party.
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