Yemen

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  • What NOT to do
  • What to do
  • When you are seating, crossing your legs is acceptable, provided you don’t direct the sole of your foot to an individual, which is the “go away” gesture. --Archana
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  • Don’t show love affection and don’t touch opposite sex in public - it’s looked down upon. --Archana
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  • Locals are conservative. Don’t wear tight and revealing clothes, especially if you’re a woman - arms, legs and head should be covered. --Archana
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  • The Islamic holiday month of Ramadan is observed in Yemen. Respect religious and cultural customs and laws at this time. --Archana
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  • Don’t photograph military installations and military personnel - it’s forbidden. --Archana
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  • Do not show aggression. Speak politely and with calmness. --Archana
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  • You should not take or give anything with the left hand --Archana
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  • Same-sex relations are illegal. Penalties for acts of sodomy range from jail to death. --Archana
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  • Wear a headscarf and cover your arms and legs if you're a woman. Don't wear shorts or unbuttoned shirts if you're a man. --Archana
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  • Non-Muslims can not enter mosques. Be careful not to offend anyone. --Archana
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  • Don’t forget to shake hands when greeting. Always wait for the woman to extend her hand (if at all). --Archana
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  • The use of first names denotes more familiarity than in the west and there is no real equivalent to Mr. or Ms. The noble title “Sayyed” refers to a Hashemite (an Arab claiming descent from Hashim, the great-grandfather of Muhammad), and should always be used before the first name. --Archana
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  • shake hands with the most senior person first, usually but not always the host. --Archana
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  • Maintaining eye contact is an important way of showing attentiveness in Yemen. --Archana
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  • Don’t back away from Yemenis when they stand close to you or touch your arm or clothing during discussions. --Archana
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  • Single parents or adults travelling alone with children may need documentation. --Archana
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  • There are strict Islamic codes of dress and behaviour. Any disrespect for Islam will cause offence. So just follow the rule... --Archana
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  • The host typically sets the subject of conversation, and normally begin with general small talk.so.if you are hosting the dinner try to get a topic while starting with how are you ? How was your day?..... --Archana
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  • "Yemenis are very shrewd in business, so the details of any agreement should be detailed meticulously. " --Archana
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  • Maintaining eye contact is an important way of showing attentiveness in Yemen. --Archana
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