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Satiate your inner Culture Vulture with regular news and posts about cultural awareness, doing business abroad, working in a multicultural environment, HR diversity and global mobility.

What are the Main Differences between Saudi Arabia and the UAE?

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Many assume the two Gulf countries are alike.

However, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are culturally, politically and socially different in many ways.

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Culture & Etiquette Tips When Doing Business in The UAE

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Want to make the best impression possible when you visit the UAE on your business travels?

Then you need to learn a bit about the country, its people and how to behave!

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How Can I Make a Good Impression in India?

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Travelling to India for business and want to make make a good impression?

Then you need to learn a bit about the people, their beliefs, manners and, of course, their culture!

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10 Cultural Differences Between Japanese and Western Workplaces

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Working with the Japanese in a professional capacity can be tough.

For some cultures, such as for Americans, Canadians, Germans, Australians and British, the Japanese culture can seem a little alien.

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10 Common Cultural Differences when Working with Americans

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Depending on your own culture, working with Americans can be challenging.

When delivering cross-cultural training we get to hear many of the challenges facing professionals when working in the USA or with Americans remotely.

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Saudi Arabia Plans New City to Overcome Cultural Differences

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Saudi Arabia has a wealth of strategic opportunities, characterised by a favourable geographical position and an abundance of natural resources.

It has the potential to become the ‘next big thing’ in the Middle East and to build economic streams which are not oil dependent, as outlined in its ambitious ‘2030 Vision’.

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Dealing with Conflict in Iranian Culture

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Every culture has its approach to conflict.

In this blog we’ll be exploring Iranian culture and how the people approach conflict, communication and resolution.

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Has Saudi Arabia Ended Gender Segregation in Restaurants?

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Did you know that Saudi Arabia segregates people at restaurants according to gender?

Yes, it’s true, but the internet and media have been buzzing with news that the country has stopped the practice.

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Why do Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai People Wear Surgical Masks?

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Ever wondered why in some parts of the world people wear masks?

We are often asked by people to travelling to Japan, China, Korea and Thailand why it is so common.

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What is the Negotiation Style in India?

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Want to learn more about negotiations in India?

Then this is the blog for you! We'll be giving you some fantastic insights into the Indian negotiation style and how you might need to adapt your approach.

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Mianzi – The Concept of Face in Chinese Culture

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Do you work with the Chinese?

Then you really need to get to grasp with the importance of face – mianzi – in Chinese culture.

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Saudi Arabia Brands Feminists, Atheists and Homosexuals as 'Extremists'

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Be warned! Saudi Arabia is a confusing and contradictory place at the moment.

If you’re involved in doing business in Saudi Arabia, then you need to be aware of some of the current changes taking place at a cultural level.

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8 Bonkers Aspects of the British Communication Style

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The British communication style can be tricky for some foreigners.

Their complex use of indirect messages, suggestion and insinuation can be confusing – in fact, it can drive you bonkers!

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Fatalism in Iranian Culture

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Work with Iranians or doing business in Iran?

Learning about another culture is much more than learning about dos and donts; it’s about understanding their values and their mindset.

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Practical Tips on Business Meetings in Chinese Culture

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Doing business in China? Then you'll be attending lots of meetings!

If you’re attending meetings in China, then it’s important to understand a little about Chinese culture and how meetings are run.

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How Do Businesses Negotiate in Saudi Arabia?

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Imagine that you’re presented with an unfamiliar board game and told to play it.

Unfortunately, you don’t understand the rules and irritate the other players by making mistakes and getting things wrong.

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What is the Business Negotiation Culture in the USA?

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Imagine you’ve been asked to play an unfamiliar board game and that you’re instructed to play it without any understanding of the rules.

You soon begin to irritate other players by making mistakes and getting things wrong and, after a while, the game becomes a stressful and confusing experience.

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How Does Islam Impact Doing Business in the Middle East?

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Are you new to doing business with the Middle East? Understanding the local culture is critical if you want to succeed.

In order to truly understand the locals, then you need to understand Islam and its influence on, not only the culture, but how business gets done.

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What’s the Business Culture Like in Japan?

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Off to Japan for business or working with Japanese colleagues? Then put your best foot forward and make a great impression by understanding Japanese business culture. 

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How Do Chinese Names Work?

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Wherever you travel in the world, getting someone’s name wrong can be the difference between making a good impression or a bad impression.

If you’re travelling to China on business, it’s important that you take the time to understand the naming structures.

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