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We can never get hold of anyone in the Gulf office on a Friday!
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"George is a real hot-shot; he's just the man to send. He'll sort it all out." ...is the right approach if you want to get your business up and running in the Gulf.
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"Abdullah, could we move next month's meeting from 11:00 to 11:20?" is a reasonable request.
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"But what is the requirement? We must have a definition!" is a reasonable approach when doing business with your Arab clients.
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They have had our proposal for over three years; they could still be interested.
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At least we'll only need to pack for hot weather.
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"We must have an answer before the 22nd!" is a useful way of making sure your Arab clients understand your deadlines.
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"But we met the Head of Department himself, why couldn't he give us a clear answer?" is a reasonable approach to take.
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"We'll arrive on Sunday night so we'll have the whole week with you", is a helpful plan to ensure you spend as much time as possible with your Arab counterparts.
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They need us.
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We call him Mr Talal, we don't know him well enough to use his first name yet.
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Men may wear shorts in public in the Gulf, but women never should.
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Ramadan means fasting in Arabic.
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The Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) died in Mecca and is buried there.
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Most people in the Gulf are Arabs.
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The chair to the right of the Arab manager or official is the most important. Always try to take it.
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"The Middle East" is a term for a clearly defined group of Arab and other countries.
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The Gulf banking system is not well up to international banking standards.
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Iranians are Arabs.
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It is correct to say "He is an Arabic man".
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It is correct to say "She speaks Arabic".
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"Muslim" and "Arab" mean much the same thing.
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Gulf Arabs are all the same, aren't they?
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Official holidays are rarely announced weeks in advance.
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You will receive no advance notice of major changes to road layout or traffic rules.
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