Below is a generalization of observations and and basic guides. We do not intend to stereotype any part of the Middle Eastern culture.
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- In Afghanistan, families traditionally live together in the same walled compound, known as the kala. When a son gets married he and his wife begin their married lives in a room under the same roof .Families traditionally live together in the same walled compound, known as the kala.
- In Azerbaijan , it is customary to refuse a gift at least twice before reluctantly accepting it. Always insist it is too much and the giver should not have gone to any trouble.
- In Bahrain, about one-quarter of the women hold jobs outside the home.
- In Egypt, Salting your food is considered an insult.
- In Iran, elderly relatives are kept at home, not placed in a nursing home.
- In Iraq, if a man must give a gift to a woman, he should say that it is from his wife, mother, sister, or some other female relation. When a son gets married he and his wife begin their married lives in a room under the same roof
- In Kuwait, locals prefer to do business with those with whom they have a personal relationship. Therefore, they spend a great deal of time on the getting-to-know-you process.
- In Lebanon, people are very “touchy-feely”. Direct eye contact with a lot of physical contact is the cornerstones of Lebanese communication.
- In Morocco, if you are invited to a someone's home you should bring sweet pastries, nuts, figs, dates or flowers to the hostess.
- In Saudi Arabia, business men will most likely judge you on appearances. Dress and present yourself well.
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