Saudi Arabia

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  • What NOT to do
  • What to do
  • Alcohol is still banned. Don't even think about it, ask about it, and definitely don't try to make it. --The KSA
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  • Don’t show affection to the opposite sex in public. --Pratik
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  • Avoid mentioning issues relating to women’s rights, or drawing presumptions about a Saudi woman’s freedom or happiness on the basis of her hijab, abaya or niqab. --Pratik
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  • Avoid pushing people to share their opinion on Saudi politics or the royal family’s leadership. Saudis generally do not feel comfortable discussing or explaining these topics. --Pratik
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  • If the meal is on the floor, sit cross-legged or kneel on one knee. Keep your feet away from the cloth or plastic sheet. --Pratik
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  • Don’t point at anyone or show the soles of your shoes. --Pratik
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  • Don’t point at people – keep your hand flat and gesture instead. --Pratik
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  • Don’t discuss sex in public. --Pratik
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  • Don’t use your left hand for eating or handing things over. --Pratik
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  • Don't refuse the invitation for a coffee or meal. --Pratik
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  • You should try to arrive around 30 mins after the time specified – being on time is not the norm. --Pratik
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  • If you are invited for a meal, understand that there will be a great deal of socializing and small talk before the meal is served and you will be expected to stay afterwards for more conversation and fruit. --Pratik
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  • Say “Mashallah” (May God bless) after complimenting or praising something. --Pratik
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  • Appointments are necessary and should be made several weeks to one month in advance. --Pratik
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  • Show respect for the elders by greeting them first and stand up when they enter a room. --Pratik
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  • There is little conversation during meals so that diners may relish the food.so talk less and eat more --Pratik
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  • Between different sexes the distance is however much greater with men generally avoiding eye contact with women who are not related to themselves. --Pratik
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  • Try to be generous with your time and be open to performing favours. Saudis often go out of their way to help those that they have a good relationship with if it is within their means. To be ‘cheap’ or ‘stingy’ is considered a very poor quality. --Pratik
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  • If you are invited to a Saudi's house: You would usually remove your shoes at the entrance and be given slippers. --Pratik
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  • There is often more food than you can eat. Part of Saudi hospitality and generosity is to shower guests with abundance. --Pratik
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