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Elin Banyameen

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IRAQ Iraq is composed of 18 governorates LANGUAGES The main languages in Iraq are: Where is it located? Iraq is located in the Middle East, between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Iraq is also bordered by Jordan and Syria to the west, Kuwait to the south, and Turkey to the north. The capital city, Baghdad is in the center-east of the country. Arabic Assyrian Kurdish Some information about Iraq Ethnic groups: Arabic (official)
Kurdish (official)
Assyrian (Neo-Aramaic) is official in areas where they constitute a majority of the population Arab 75%-80%
Kurdish 15%-20%
Assyrian 5% Languages Cool winters with dry, hot, cloudless summers; northern mountainous regions along Iranian and Turkish borders experience cold winters with occasionally heavy snows that melt in early spring, sometimes causing extensive flooding in central and southern Iraq Climate: Religions:
Muslim (official) 97%
(Shia 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%),
Christian or other 3% Hospitality in Iraq Visitors are treated as kings and must always be fed and looked after. Business Etiquette and Protocol Meeting People: The most common greeting is the handshake with eye contact and a smile.
The standard Iraqi greeting is "asalaamu alaikum" ("peace be with you"), to which the response is "wa alaikum salaam" ("and peace be unto you").
Close friends of the same sex may greet each other with a handshake and a kiss on each cheek, starting with the right.
Handshakes can be rather prolonged; try not to be the first person to remove your hand.
Men should wait to see if a woman extends her hand.
Business cards are given out.
It’s a nice touch to have one side of your card translated into Arabic. Business Meetings: The leader of an Iraqi team does most of the talking for his company or department. Expect interruptions during meetings when phone calls may be taken or people enter the room on other matters. This should not be seen negatively; one should simply remain patient and wait for matters to return to them. They may interrupt the speaker if they have something to add. They can be loud and forceful in getting their point of view across. What to avoid: Avoid sitting at any time with the sole of the foot pointed at the host or other guest.
Do not ask about a man’s wife or daughters; ask instead about his family.
If you are invited to the home of an Iraqi for a party or reception, a meal is normally served at the mid of the evening, and guests can linger long after finishing.
avoid using left hand while eating because the left hand is considered to be unclean
Shorts are unacceptable for men other than when exercising. For women, sleeveless or see-through clothing is unacceptable. Thinking of doing business in Iraq?
*Iraq has the world’s second largest proven oil reserves
*Multi-billion dollar projects in numerous sectors in the years ahead;
*Demand for U.S. technology and services is strong
It is customary for Iraqi professionals to exchange business cards; businesspeople visiting from another country should print one side of their business cards in Arabic or Kurdish (if in the Kurdish region of Iraq) and one side in English. Iraqi businesspeople also engage in small talk before beginning a professional meeting. It is proper etiquette to participate actively in these conversations, and not to show exasperation if the business meeting does not start right away. Small talk is the way Iraqi professionals analyze a person's character and disposition to determine if they are trustworthy in business. Before the Business Meeting: Negotiations: It is acceptable to show emotion, and even to be humorous. Establishing good relationships with professionals in Iraq is essential, as Iraqis are much more comfortable doing business with someone they consider a friend.
It is best to schedule meetings in Iraq in advance; business hours are normally Saturday through Thursday, from 8 a.m until 2 p.m. Fridays are considered a day of rest; offices are usually closed. Scheduling Meetings: Gift-Giving: Iraqi professionals do not expect gifts from international professionals, but gifts are welcome if they are not extremely expensive. (cc) image by anemoneprojectors on Flickr Comparing Iraq and Canada IRAQ CANADA Area 438,317 km sq 9,984,670 km sq Population 31,129,225 34,300,083 IRAQ CANADA Exports oil 84%, materials
excluding fuels 8%, food
and live animals 5% motor vehicles and parts,
industrial machinery, aircraft,
chemicals, plastics, natural gas,
electricity, aluminum Imports Food
Manufactures Motor vehicles and parts, oil
and chemicals Communication Style:
People are mostly complimentary as saying things directly and straight forward might be considered rude sometimes. Views of Time: People don’t care much about being on time. It is fine to be late a few minutes but should not exceed half an hour if possible.
People are mostly generous with their time, but should not be exploited. GesturesGestures Gestures:

Pointing with a single finger is usually considered rude. People usually use the whole hand to point to someone.
Putting the right hand on the chest means “thanks, but no, thanks”.
For Men- A jacket and tie or a full suit is common attire in formal situations. In less formal ones, nice slacks and a collared shirt is appropriate.
For Women- Conservative and formal is the way to go. Dress (cc) image by anemoneprojectors on Flickr Geert Hofsted. Canada Iraq Power distance: Scores high. 95 Individualism: Masculinity / Femininity Power distance: Individualism: Masculinity / Femininity Uncertainty avoidance Uncertainty avoidance Long term orientation Long term orientation low. 30 High. 70 High. 85 Low. 30 low. 39 High. 80 52 low. 48 low. 23 The End :) Companies in Iraq and Canada -Pacific Ocean Co
-INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing
-TFG Global Insurance Solutions Ltd. The affect of cultural determinants on Iraq's practices and Protocols. Iraq is an islamic country. Due to that, Alcohol is tabooed.
Muslim people in Iraq do not eat Pork. DID YOU KNOW?! Researchers claim that most Irish and Britons can trace their roots to Iraq.
Most Christian Iraqis are Roman Catholic. The country forbids Christians to talk about their faith or hold any religious events outside of their church.
Astrology, law, and language were made in Iraq.
The writing on the flag in Arabic means " God is the greatest"
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