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APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR  
 
Do's
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Remove shoes when entering a home
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Express appreciation at meals and accept light refreshments when offered even if only a few bites or sips are taken. This is part of Arab hospitality and refusal may cause offense.
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When paying a visit, shake hands on arrival and departure
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Always stand when someone (other than the domestic help) enters the room
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Muslims do not consume alcohol. Always ensure that soft drinks are available in the home.
   
 
Don'ts  
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Western men should not wear Arab national dress. It may be seen as a sign of disrespect.
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Do not sit in such a way that the soles of your feet are pointing at someone else.
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Do not eat or offer things with your left hand
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In Ramadan never eat, drink or smoke in public or in front of Muslims during the hours of daylight.
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Don't except a gift to be opened in your presence.
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Don't expect the man's wife to be present if you are invited to an Arab's home.
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Ladies are requested to respect UAE traditional values and not wear inappropriate clothing in public, particularly during Ramadan.
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Don't take photos of women, military or government installations. Check first before taking photos of men NB- for security reason do not take photographs of embassies or consulates.
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Don't stare at national women.
-
Don't consume alcohol in public places.
 
   
 
APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR  
   
Do's
-
Remove shoes when entering a home
-
Express appreciation at meals and accept light refreshments when offered even if only a few bites or sips are taken. This is part of Arab hospitality and refusal may cause offense.
-
When paying a visit, shake hands on arrival and departure
-
Always stand when someone (other than the domestic help) enters the room
-
Muslims do not consume alcohol. Always ensure that soft drinks are available in the home.
   
 
Don'ts  
-
Western men should not wear Arab national dress. It may be seen as a sign of disrespect.
-
Do not sit in such a way that the soles of your feet are pointing at someone else.
-
Do not eat or offer things with your left hand
-
In Ramadan never eat, drink or smoke in public or in front of Muslims during the hours of daylight.
-
Don't except a gift to be opened in your presence.
-
Don't expect the man's wife to be present if you are invited to an Arab's home.
-
Ladies are requested to respect UAE traditional values and not wear inappropriate clothing in public, particularly during Ramadan.
-
Don't take photos of women, military or government installations. Check first before taking photos of men NB- for security reason do not take photographs of embassies or consulates.
-
Don't stare at national women.
-
Don't consume alcohol in public places.
 
   
 
   
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