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Foreign Staffing, Inc.
 Practicing proper Arabic business etiquette
will benefit you greatly when looking to
expand into new Arabic markets.
 I...
 The standard greeting in the
Islamic world is: “Assalamo
Alaikum” meaning “May peace
be upon you and may God’s
blessings...
 In addition to utilizing Arabic interpreters at your business meeting, you
will also want an Arabic translation for all ...
 Sincere smiles and direct eye contact
are necessary parts of proper
business etiquette in Bahrain.
 Likewise, because f...
 Kuwaitis prefer to do business with
people they know.
 It is also common procedure to
sustain multiple business meeting...
 Business meetings are formal affairs to
which attendees must wear suits and
ties, always.
 Even though English is spoke...
 It is distasteful and inappropriate
business etiquette to ask members of
the opposite sex to meet with you
alone in a cl...
 When conducting business in Saudi
Arabia, non-Saudis must obtain
official government permission
before entering and exit...
 The lobbies of large hotels are the
preferred venue for business
meetings in the UAE, as these rooms
limit interruption ...
 Business meetings are generous,
sumptuous affairs called “qat”.
 For these “qat”, attendees are
expected to bring tobac...
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Arabic Business Etiquette

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Practicing proper Arabic business etiquette will benefit you greatly when looking to expand into new Arabic markets. Expanding globally will help your business succeed. In the Arab world, proper etiquette is valued in personal as well as business relationships. Becoming confident with the proper procedures involved in Arabian business etiquette will allow you to gain new international partners and clients, all creating tremendous success for your business. Your Arabian colleagues value respect and follow a very specific traditional system. Preparing yourself and understanding this incredible culture will give you the tools for success in your travels and business transactions and will create the important foundations to build lasting relationships.

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Arabic Business Etiquette

  1. 1. Foreign Staffing, Inc.
  2. 2.  Practicing proper Arabic business etiquette will benefit you greatly when looking to expand into new Arabic markets.  In the Arab world, proper etiquette is valued in personal as well as business relationships.  Becoming confident with the proper procedures involved in Arabian business etiquette will allow you to gain new international partners and clients, all creating tremendous success for your business.  Your Arabian colleagues value respect and follow a very specific traditional system.  Preparing yourself and understanding this incredible culture will give you the tools for success in your travels and business transactions and will create the important foundations to build lasting relationships.
  3. 3.  The standard greeting in the Islamic world is: “Assalamo Alaikum” meaning “May peace be upon you and may God’s blessings be with you”.  Using the traditional Arabic greeting instead of the west’s “hello” will make a wonderful first impression.  Always be sure to plan, plan, and then plan again.  The Islamic culture demands well-structured organization and it is vital that to be considered worthy, you have a well-developed plan of action.
  4. 4.  In addition to utilizing Arabic interpreters at your business meeting, you will also want an Arabic translation for all necessary documents.  Providing an Arabic translation for each document will ease communication with your business partners, and show that you are willing to go the extra mile for them.  Educate yourself on important Islamic dietary restrictions; avoid ordering or serving meat, pork, fish, or fowl for your Arabian business partners.  When choosing a restaurant for a business meeting, be sure there are plenty of vegetarian options.  Likewise, refrain from smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, or consuming caffeine during your meeting. All of these practices are frowned upon in Islamic culture.
  5. 5.  Sincere smiles and direct eye contact are necessary parts of proper business etiquette in Bahrain.  Likewise, because friendly social connections are valued in this Arabic country, don't be surprised when your Bahrain partner gives and expects a kiss on the cheek upon greeting.
  6. 6.  Kuwaitis prefer to do business with people they know.  It is also common procedure to sustain multiple business meetings before any transaction is finalized.  Because Kuwaitis find impatience to be disrespectful, showing you are compliant and willing to interact socially prior to launching into business is a primary part of Kuwaiti business etiquette.
  7. 7.  Business meetings are formal affairs to which attendees must wear suits and ties, always.  Even though English is spoken above all at Oman business meetings, proper etiquette demands that foreigners use a few key Arabic phrases to show respect.  Omanis value punctuality and place heavy emphasis on business cards.  That being said, be sure to bring plenty of cards when you are conducting business in this country.  To further impress your potential colleagues, go the extra mile and have your business cards and other important business documents translated into Arabic.
  8. 8.  It is distasteful and inappropriate business etiquette to ask members of the opposite sex to meet with you alone in a closed room.  If necessary, make sure that both genders are present at any Qatar meeting and keep the door always open.
  9. 9.  When conducting business in Saudi Arabia, non-Saudis must obtain official government permission before entering and exiting the country.  Once in the country, Westerners are subject to Saudi Islamic law, which bans alcohol, drugs, pornography, and pork.  Unfortunately, some Westerners are unaware of this fact and, thus, are imprisoned in Saudi Arabia while intending to do business.  Be safe, be successful, and be educated before traveling.
  10. 10.  The lobbies of large hotels are the preferred venue for business meetings in the UAE, as these rooms limit interruption and give attendants easy access to refreshments.  An integral part of proper Arabic business etiquette demands that you provide Arabic translations of all the documents you intend to use during a business meeting.
  11. 11.  Business meetings are generous, sumptuous affairs called “qat”.  For these “qat”, attendees are expected to bring tobacco and coals for smoking.  Smoking will begin the start of any meeting, and pipes are continuously passed among attendees.  It is customary to only take the pipe with your right hand, and it is considered rude to keep the pipe for too long, share and keep passing.

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