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Business Life in Qatar
Transcript of Business Life in Qatar
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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
Work place norms
Life in Qatar
All are to dress in a conservative matter: Modern or Cultural
Business over coffee
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
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
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
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
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
Religion: Muslims- about 95%, Other- Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish about 5%
- 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