Syria

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  • What NOT to do
  • What to do
  • Avoid talking about the Syrian political situation unless your counterpart initiates the conversation. It is a sensitive and painful topic; they may not wish to recall or think about it. --NH
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  • Do not swear in presence of women. --NH
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  • Never ask a man about his female family members. --NH
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  • Avoid telling dirty jokes. Such humour is not appreciated --NH
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  • Do not patronise or talk down to a Syrian for having poor English skills. --NH
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  • Civil marriage cannot be contracted inside Syria. --NH
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  • Do not take pictures of ANY kind of checkpoint, military office, or any soldier. This can get you into a lot of trouble. --Isham
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  • You must go for Bekdash ice cream in the Hamadiya market in the old city of Damascus! With Pistachios and 'Ushta (Custard Apple) on top. --Isham
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  • Lunch is eaten in the early afternoon at around 2:00 or 3:00pm. It is usually the largest meal of the day whilst dinner is eaten late and is a similar size to breakfast. --NH
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  • If you are sitting on the food table and having a food plate next to you it's would be very nice of you to ask others if you would give them some of it. --NH
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  • We eat most of the food in bread and with a spoon. --NH
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  • If you are having some kind of wrap like shawarma eat it with your hands not using a fork. --NH
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  • If you are invited in ramadan it's very nice of you to start with water / dates just like the fasting people. --NH
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  • Instead of saying Shukran when people give you something, most people say Selimoon to mean Bless your hands. --Isham
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  • Formal suits are necessary for business. --NH
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  • Must try Kibbeh: it is a type of croquette. It features bulgur (a wheat grain common in the Middle East), your choice of ground meat, pine nuts, onion, garlic, and spices. --NH
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  • When in Syria you must try Tabakh Roho (Syrian Lamb and Vegetable Stew) --NH
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