Tip 11
Time is very flexible and meetings may start very late (if at all) and last for many hours. It is difficult to schedule a series of meetings on the same day.
Tip 12
Meetings may start with coffee and a great deal of non-business related small talk. Do not try to rush this process
Tip 13
It is important to offer lavish compliments to your host - and be prepared to receive them in return.
Tip 14
Do not try to do anything on Thursday or Friday and avoid key issues during the month of Ramadan.
Tip 15
People may stand much closer to you than you are comfortable with. Try not to back away as this can seem stand-offish.
Tip 16
Levels of eye contact are very strong and strong eye contact denotes sincerity and trustworthiness.
Tip 17
Avoid touching anybody with your left hand or pointing feet at people as both of these are seen as extremely rude behaviour.
Tip 18
Do not comment on the political situation in the Middle East or make any adverse comments about the influence of Islam.
Tip 19
Women are less prominent in business than in the West but play a more prominent role than in some other Middle Eastern countries (i.e. Saudi).
Tip 20
Dress conservatively, but very smartly. You will be judged partly on your appearance.

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