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Local Business Etiquette

When hosting a business conference in Abu Dhabi, it may be useful to have a speaker explain the cultural aspects of doing business in the UAE. The cultural identity in Abu Dhabi is a rich blend of traditional Arabic, Islamic and contemporary elements, creating an optimistic, ‘can-do’ attitude that many find refreshing. 

These simple tips, along with an open mind and genuine empathy, are often all that you need to succeed: 

  • Before your event, do your research on the local culture
  • Always conduct business in a formal, polite manner 
  • Make allowances for language barriers; on important matters double-check that both parties understand exactly what has been agreed
  • Communicate positively and try to avoid unduly negative phrases