The web sites listed below are recommended reading for business visitors to Saudi Arabia, especially first-time business visitors. They present an overview of Saudi culture, customs, and etiquette. Saudi culture is very different from the American and is intertwined with the state religion, Islam, to a degree that is surprising to most Americans. A foreign business person who is either ignorant of, or insensitive to, Saudi customs and etiquette, and is perceived as ignorant and/or disrespectful of Islam, needlessly jeopardizes his company’s prospects in this country. An elementary knowledge of the everyday Arabic-language greetings is also useful, although not required. We hope that CS clients will find the contents of these web sites useful as they prepare for a business trip to Saudi Arabia or for dealing with Saudi business travelers in the United States.
Excellent general-purpose web site especially helpful for first-time travelers to Saudi Arabia, with features on “Language,” “Islam,” “Family Values,” “Meeting Etiquette,” “Gift-Giving Etiquette,” “Dining Etiquette,” Buisness Meeting Etiquette,” “Business Negotiating,” etc.
Other useful websites include: