Did you know: *In Senegal, you may extend your wrist or even an elbow in place of a handshake if you are holding something you cannot put down? *You risk offending your Saudi Arabian guests if, after seeing them off, you leave before theyve disappeared from view?
In todays high-stakes, highly charged international business world, you simply cant afford a misunderstood gesture, an ill-placed word, or a misinformed judgment. The Global Etiquette Guide to Africa and the Middle East shows both business and leisure travelers how to understand, appreciate, and manage as well as maximize the benefits of the myriad cultural differences that can exist between you and your African or Middle Eastern business hosts. This fact-filled cultural guidebook provides detailed advice on:
Dining Drinking Speaking Eye contact Hailing a taxi Dress Negotiating Gift giving Conducting a meeting Tipping Holidays Dealing with authorities
Just as customs vary greatly between the African/Middle Eastern region and the United States, so do they vary among the diverse nations of Africa and the Middle East. What is proper and expected in South Africa, for example, may be a deal-breaker in Syria. With todays politically changed realities, understanding these distinctions is more important than ever. The Global Etiquette Guide to Africa and the Middle East will familiarize you with the customs, habits, tastes, and mores of every key African and Middle Eastern nationover forty in all and help you guarantee the mutual respect and acceptance that are vital for keeping every international business relationship agreeable, effective, and successful.
Wileys Global Etiquette Series provides the practical information you need to travel and conduct business in foreign countries and cultures. Each easy-to-navigate reference book is filled with helpful hints, dos and donts, and other rules of the road for travelers of all types.