Business Culture in the United Arab Emirates

Business Culture in the United Arab Emirates

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 the UAE. 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 the UAE 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

Latest version updated 23rd March 2017

Country Breakdown

9.27

Million

Population

DH

United Arab Emirates Dirham

Currency

$ 348.7

Billion

GDP

83,600

km2