The United Arab Emirates And The United Kingdom

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The United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom

Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….....3
Section A – Comparison between The United Arab Emirates culture and The United Kingdom Culture……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………4
1. Meeting and greeting……………………………………………………………………………………………..4
2. Exchanging gifts…………………………………………………………………………………………………….4
3. Forms of address in business meetings………………………………………………………………………4
4. Etiquette/ social status……………………………………………………………………………………………4
5. Time keeping………………………………………………………………………………………………………..5
6. Religion………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..5
7. Behaviour……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..5

Section B – Analysis of The United Arab Emirates culture and The United Kingdom Culture………….5
1. Etiquette/ social status……..…………………………………………………………………………………....5
2. Religion………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..5
3. Hofstede’s 5 Cultural Dimensions……………………………………………………………………………..5
4. Differences in communication and their effect on business…….…………………………………….6
5. Impact of culture on communication ………………………………………………………………………..6
6. Overcoming communication differences……………………………………………………………………7

Section C – Summary and Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………..8
References List…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………9

Introduction
In this analytical report I will underline the main characteristics and differences of two countries and cultures, namely the U.A.E. and the UK. In order to create this report, I have paired up with a friend from the U.A.E., Abdulla Alfalasi, who works as a Customs Agent in Dubai.
The U.A.E. is the world’s fastest growing countries, top oil provider and a constitutional federation of seven emirates (cities): Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ra's al-Khaimah and Fujairah. The federation was formally established on 2 December 1971 (UAEinteract.com).The UK is a strongly individualistic sovereign state. It is made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It has a long history as a major player in international affairs and fulfils an important role in the EU, UN and NATO (BBC).
By the end of reading this report, you will have successfully understood the main differences between the two cultures of U.A.E. and UK.

Section A
Comparison between The United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom culture
# Aspect The United Arab Emirates
Abdulla Alfalasi – Customs Agent The United Kingdom
I.S. – GBM Student
1. Meeting and greeting Professionals: shaking hands, only if they are not busy. If they are busy, then they say hello from a distance
Nose to nose greetings between loved ones and friends
Other people: people are standing when someone new is coming, then there is the nose to nose greeting and lastly no one sits down until the new comer also sits down
(Abdulla Alfalasi) Shaking hands between professionals...

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