Ramadan is the holy ninth month of the Islamic calendar when Muslims observe fast from sunrise to sunset. Food is consumed only before sunrise and during the fast-breaking meal known as Iftar, usually with a big meal with friends and family or at Iftar tents. While fasting, Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sexual relations. Regarded as the Five Pillars of Islam, fasting during Ramadan also means increased praying and recitation of Quran. Since, it is an intensely spiritual and sacred period; Non-Muslims are expected to respect the sentiments of fasting Muslims and maintain the sanctity of Ramadan. Continue reading Ramadan Etiquette
Dubai and any of the other emirates welcome tourists from over the world and treats everyone equally. If you are on a trip to Dubai and are willing to know more about the city, its history and culture, try to gel with the locals. If you are really interested in being a part of them and do not wish to stick out like a sore thumb, understand and respect the culture of Dubai. Practice the famous saying ‘Be a Roman when in Rome’ and you will fit in fine!
It is said that dressing style is a pivotal aspect of any culture. Following them will help you respect the country’s culture and keep unnecessary attention and hard stares at bay!
As westerners are known to be less conservative when it comes to dressing up, it would better to tone down your clothing style if you are an American or a westerner as Arabs and most Asians in Dubai and UAE generally dress more conservatively than Westerners.
Business executives are constantly on their toes when dealing with important clients or business partners. Formal dinners can be rather – pressurizing in situations where executives need to demonstrate their best efforts, whether it is proper communication, dress code, or dining etiquettes. A few tips kept in mind will certainly help in tiding over the hardest of situations and securing a business deal for your company. Continue reading Business Dining Etiquette
While carrying out business in any foreign workplace, it is necessary that certain norms relating to etiquettes followed by that country should be embedded within us. Known officially as ‘Business etiquettes’ these norms follow different rules in each country. Continue reading Business etiquette tips for expats in Dubai
Dubai does not follow hard and fast religion norms compared to other Middle East countries. It is a welcoming emirate for women who want to explore professional avenues with full freedom. Continue reading Women Expats in Dubai
Deep rooted inside the Islamic traditions that form the main constituent of UAE’s lifestyle, the Culture in Dubai is diverse and rich. It is very much important for the foreign nationals to respect the tradition of the Emiratis when in UAE. Well-known as the entertainment hub of the Middle East, Dubai acts like a magnet for the party lovers who enjoy splurging inside the expensive clubs and bars of the city. Emiratis are quite popular for their warm hospitality who offers tempting refreshments to their guests.
When Arabs meet up, they take their own time and talk about general things. Men and Women do not greet each other outside their family. Men do shake hands and might even kiss each other on the cheek with their real good friends. On the other hand a woman tends to hug and kiss only her close friends. Continue reading Culture in Dubai
Dubai is predominantly a Muslim society but yet doesn’t impose any stringent rules or regulations on its visitors with reference to personal lifestyle. Amongst all the Emirates in UAE, the laws in Dubai are the most flexible allowing complete freedom to a tourist / business expat in its city.
But as a guest in a foreign country, it becomes our duty that we govern our social behavior or act according to the customs prevailing in the said country. Compared to other Arabic/Muslim countries, women have the freedom to wear, say and roam according to their wishes. But certain limitations are to be self-imposed in the dressing style. At one point of time exposing skin was banned in public places like shopping malls or beaches. But with booming tourism, rules have been relaxed and women tourists can now enjoy wearing “western” clothing as long as it’s not offensive. Bathing suits are okay at hotel pools and private beaches, but if possible refrain to one piece suits.