Women play little role in public life in Saudi and have virtually no role to play in the business world.

It is, therefore, very difficult for women business travellers to achieve a great deal in the country – even if they are granted a visa. The constitution of any delegation sent to Saudi on business needs very careful consideration and the normal western concerns on selection through achievement, track record and technical ability may not be appropriate.

Any women visiting on business needs to be very conservative in both their dress code and behaviour.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Saudi Arabia

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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Overview

This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Saudi Arabia. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Saudi Arabia and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips