In pictures: Dubai's Googleplex
May 10, 2013
Among the perks employees enjoy is a free breakfast and lunch in the canteen every day – another hallmark of the Google way of running an office. Free snacks and beverages are available in micro-kitchens around the clock.
Regional manager Mohamad Mourad said: “We take a holistic view on health, including the physical, emotional, financial and social health of Googlers. Investing in Googlers drives business outcomes that we care about: innovation and retention.”
The outpost in Dubai Internet City, which has just been expanded and extensively remodelled, is of course much smaller than the sprawling original, but it has all the hallmarks of Google’s distinctive management style.
There are massage and fitness benefits, paid paternity as well as maternity leave, and staff who adopt children have their expenses reimbursed.
“This is part of our culture, we offer our employees food and we make sure that we take care of them,” said Maha Abouelenein, Google’s head of communications for Mena. “We really focus on healthy and nutritious food.”
UAE’s very own Googleplex, a scaled-down version of the internet giant’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.
A table football game in reception and almost-life-size model of Spider-Man nearby lets visitors know right away that this is no ordinary office.