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Quick Reference Guide: Middle-East

 

Arabic speaking countries welcome visitors from around the world to discover their blend of culture and history and to experience their inherent hospitality of their people. Arab values are rooted in universally shared principles, and generosity is an integral part of their DNA. The Arabian spirit is contagious. When mixing with Arabs, you will find that mirroring local behavior is encouraged and taken as a gesture of appreciation and respect.

 

Culture

Dress code in middle-eastern countries is dependent on individual establishments, some casual, others keen on sophistication.  Places of worship specifically do require you to dress modestly while visiting. As you roam around, you will organically get a sense of what works best.

 

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Bad language, loud behavior, and encroaching on other people‚Äôs boundaries are considered disrespectful. Respectful public decorum is always advised. Using polite words in Arabic (e.g., Ahlan for Hi, Shokran for Thanks) is encouraged and viewed as a gesture of endearment.

 

Religion

Certain shops close briefly during prayer times to allow time for worship. During the holy month of Ramadan, the rhythm of the country changes into a mellow, spiritual one that allows savoring the revered month.

 

  • Alcohol and substances

The sale, purchase, and consumption of alcohol and drugs is illegal in most middle-eastern countries.