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Business Life in Qatar

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Hanan Yehya

on 9 January 2014

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Business Life in Qatar
design by Dóri Sirály for Prezi
What is Business Etiquette?
Etiquette is a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group.
How is Business Etiquette Shown?
The different expectations of female and male business associates
Dress code
Proper interactions
Work place norms
Dress Code
Doing Business
Gift Giving
Proper Interactions:
Life in Qatar

All are to dress in a conservative matter: Modern or Cultural
Business cards
Business over coffee
Small talk
Best if politics and religion stay out of discussion
Work is done at a slow pace
Meetings are common in restaurants and hotels
Meetings may be interrupted for prayer
Weekends are Friday and Saturday
Extremely important
Traditional sweets, chocolate, dates, and personalized gifts from one's home country are common
Never gift alcohol
Gifts are always sent in return as a 'thank you'
Can be given as a bonus in paycheck
Display of emotion
Eye contact
Most men and women do not shake hands if they are not related
Alternative: a gentle placing of right hand over heart
Handshake not too firm, but not too loose as considered feminine between men
"Salam aalaykoum" with "aalaykoum salam" response
Negotiation is strong
Negative responses
Say "inshallah" meaning 'God-willing'
Fluent Arabic or English
If invited to one's home, say "yes"
Applying For the Job
Preparation, practice, and patience
Resume and cover letters
Personal connection helps
Western Asia
Ruled by an absolute monarchy
Used to be known for pearl hunting and sea trade
Currency: Qatari Riyal
Now known for oil industries
Has the third largest natural gas reserves
World richest country per capita
Thank You
Religion: Muslims- about 95%, Other- Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish about 5%
Ethnic Groups:
Religious Groups:
Head scarves
- Fish, crab, shrimp, lobster
- Cow, sheep, lamb, goat, mutton
Knives, forks, and spoons used for certain foods
Bottom of foot should
not point at the person
sitting next to you
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