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Global Etiquette Guide to Africa and the Middle Eastby Dean Allen Foster
Synopses & Reviews
* Country-by-country protocols and customs
* International business musts and faux pas
* Dining, hosting, gift giving, and more
* Cross-cultural explorations
Did you know:
* In Senegal, you may extend your wrist-- or even an elbow-- in place of a handshake if you are holding something you cannot put down?
* You risk offending your Saudi Arabian guests if, after seeing them off, you leave before they've disappeared from view?
In today's high-stakes, highly charged international business world, you simply can't afford a misunderstood gesture, an ill-placed word, or a misinformed judgment. The Global Etiquette Guide to Africa and the Middle East shows both business and leisure travelers how to understand, appreciate, and manage-- as well as maximize the benefits of-- the myriad cultural differences that can exist between you and your African or Middle Eastern business hosts. This fact-filled cultural guidebook provides detailed advice on:
? Dining ? Drinking ? Speaking ? Eye contact ? Hailing a taxi ? Dress ? Negotiating ? Gift giving ? Conducting a meeting ? Tipping ? Holidays ? Dealing with authorities
Just as customs vary greatly between the African/Middle Eastern region and the United States, so do they vary among the diverse nations of Africa and the Middle East. What is proper and expected in South Africa, for example, may be a deal-breaker in Syria. With today's politically changed realities, understanding these distinctions is more important than ever. The Global Etiquette Guide to Africa and the Middle East will familiarize you with the customs, habits, tastes, and mores of every key African and Middle Eastern nation--over forty in all-- and help you guarantee the mutual respect and acceptance that are vital for keeping every international business relationship agreeable, effective, and successful.
Wiley's Global Etiquette Series provides the practical information you need to travel and conduct business in foreign countries and cultures. Each easy-to-navigate reference book is filled with helpful hints, do's and don'ts, and other rules of the road for travelers of all types.
Authored by one of the world's leading cross-cultural experts.
This complete guide to personal and business etiquette in Africa and the Middle East gives practical advice on greetings and communication styles as well as business and social protocol, dress codes, dining and drinking rules, and many other crucial areas.
About the Author
Dean Foster, former director of Berlitz International, Cross-Cultural Division Worldwide, is currently President of Dean Foster Associates in New York City. One of the world's leading cross-cultural experts, he has consulted with most major Fortune 500 companies, is a frequent presenter at international professional conferences, and is featured often on radio and television.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why Getting It Right around the World Is So Important.
Part One: The Middle East;
Chapter One: The Gulf Arab Cultures: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
United Arab Emirates.
Chapter Two: The Arab Levantine Cultures: Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.
Chapter Three: The Judaic Levantine Cultures: Israel.
Part Two: North Africa;
The Dry Sea.
Chapter Four: The Classical North African Arab World: Egypt, Sudan, and Chad.
Chapter Five: The Maghreb and Sahel: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger.
Chapter Six: The Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, and Djibouti.
Part Three: West Africa;
The Ancient Traders.
Chapter Seven: The Atlantic Cultures: Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and Cote d'Ivoire.
Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Chapter Eight: The West African Gulf: Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Burkina Faso.
Part Four: Central and Eastern Africa;
The Equatorial Heart.
Chapter Nine: The Center: Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Gabon, and Congo.
The Central African Republic.
Chapter Ten: The East: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi.
Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi.
Part Five: Southern Africa;
Chapter Eleven: The North: Zambia and Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique and Madagascar.
Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique and Madagascar.
Chapter Twelve: The South: South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, Botswana, and Namibia.
Lesotho and Swaziland.
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