Arab Gulf States

The Arab Gulf States include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The country-specific business cultures are based on some common, typically Arab elements.

Cultural Differences Saudi Arabia

Establishing new business contacts in Saudi Arabia means that one wants to be accepted in a community. Saudi Arabs put great emphasis on a personal connection. They want to feel that they can trust you. And because of this they have to know you well.

Businesswomen in the Arab Gulf states

Whether women in aGulf Arab country may work at all or even reach senior management positions depends very much on the local interpretation of the Koran and traditional rules.

Business meals and after work in the Arab Gulf States

Even when your business activities in the Arab Gulf States are going well already, lunches and after work activities always offer a good opportunity to solve problems or develop projects further by meeting on the relationship level.

Visitors from the Arab Gulf States

Your Arabian guests’ expectations of your hospitality are generally high. Provide the desired luxury regarding accomodation and food so that business meetings are not overshadowed by dissatisfaction.

The Gulf Arab operating system IBM

The phrases Inschallah – Bukra – Malesch reflect Arab ways of thinking and are therefore also referred to as the “Arabic operating system I-B-M”. But what can be derived concretely?