Notes on Saudi Culture, Customs, and Business Etiquette
SOME USEFUL WEB SITES ON SAUDI CULTURE & CUSTOMS
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.
Kwintessential — Saudi Arabia: Language, Culture, Customs, and Etiquette
The Saudi Network — Business and Social Customs in Saudi Arabia
Culture Crossing — Saudi Arabia