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Understanding the Arab Culture, 2nd Edition: A practical cross-cultural guide to working in the Arab world (Working With Other Cultures) [Paperback]

Jehad Al-Omari
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19 Aug 2008 Working With Other Cultures
Understanding the Arab Culture is a thoroughly practical crosscultural guide to working with Arab cultures, written with theWesterner in mind.The book focuses more on the key differences than similarities, issues that Westerners will find puzzling, unusual or difficult to cope with. It is based on years of experience of lecturing to Westerners and a long list of frequently asked questions. It addresses Western perceptions and misconceptions of Arabs, Islam and the Arab world as well as some key Arab perceptions of the West. Many practical tips are given on a variety of issues, from exchanging appropriate gifts to negotiating techniques.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books; 2Rev Ed edition (19 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845282000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845282004
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`An essential guide to understanding what makes Arabs tick and how to develop successful business relationships in this challenging culture.' -- Jeff Toms, Farnham Castle International Briefing & Conference Centre

`This book aims to give guidelines and practical tips, to inform and also raise necessary questions, to build bridges and demolish barriers, and finally, to clarify a few misconceptions about the Arabs, their culture and their attitudes.' -- Dr Al-Omari

About the Author

Dr Jehad Al-Omari, a highly experienced Cross-cultural Management Consultant, has been training Western executives in Arab affairs and cross-cultural issues since 1986. A regular lecturer and speaker with international institutions such as Farnham Castle, Cranfield School of Management and the Netherlands Institute of MBA studies, he also holds consultancy posts with numerous multinational firms operating in the Arab World. Dr Al-Omari runs training programmes in Europe and the Arab World and is engaged in a number of expatriation and repatriation studies in the Middle East.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Greetings to all potential readers.

This book was a disappointment; it is a slightly-amended revision of his earlier superficial book on this subject.

The books provides a so-so treatment of business culture and intellectually-lazy stereotypes of Gulf Arabs. The style is loaded with over-generalizations and rambling discussion. Especially jarring was the fact that the author does not differentiate between the distinctive business cultures and practices as found in Saudi Arabia and those in the adjacent other Gulf Arab states.

There are some better books available than this one: the "Culture Shock!: [COUNTRY]" and "Culture Smart [COUNTRY]" series are better-written and more useful to visiting businessmen, tourists, and newly-arrived expats who will live and work in the GCC countries.

I cannot recommend this particular book as a basic reference for the undergraduate and graduate-level courses I teach or about which I advise.

Hope this helps.


Stephen H. Franke
San Pedro, California
[Formely of Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, and Oman]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Readability 17 July 2013
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This book was very interesting to read, informative and educational. Great that it has been written by an Arab national.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 6 April 2009
the book is great. Majority of the situations described in the book are real and have to be handle as described in the book . so i think the book is very helpful .
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