Asinta’s Business Etiquette Insight: United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Looking to set up a new business in UAE?  Our business etiquette insights can help establish good relations with your UAE colleagues:

#1 In the UAE, never arrange appointments on a Friday, as this is the Muslim day of prayer and rest.  Meetings often begin with leisurely chit-chat before getting down to business, so be patient.  People in the Emirates are very proud of their country’s fast development so a question about any new projects will stand you in good stead.

#2 Arabic business culture is conducted on the basis of personal relationships and mutual trust, so it is vitally important that you develop these at every possible opportunity.  In the UAE the spoken word is much more highly valued than the written word and so deals will be done orally, without a signed contract.  An Arab businessperson’s word is their bond!

Contact our UAE partner Nexus to know more.