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