Infographic: Top 10 insights to understanding Saudi Arabian business etiquette

Saudi Arabia is a conservative and highly religious society. Every element of daily life is governed by Islamic values and tribal traditions derived from nomadic Bedouin roots.  The Saudi Arabian business etiquette is heavily influenced by loyalty as our infographic will show you.

In the mind of the Saudi (and many other Arabs), the world is divided into neighbours and strangers. Neighbours are within the immediate sphere of influence and are subject to friendliness, loyalty and hospitality. Strangers have a lower priority. In many aspects of life and business, it is who you know rather than what you know. Family always comes first, followed by loyalty to the tribe (Me and my brother are against my cousin, and me and my cousin are against the stranger). Business is conducted with friends, who are the only people who can be trusted, so winning the trust of a Saudi with whom you wish to work is critical.

Our infographic on Saudi Arabia will provide you with a snapshot of the essential things you need to know in order to foster better working relationships with the Saudi’s, as well as key data and some fun facts about the country.

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Terence Brake

Terence Brake is an author in the global learning & development field and has over 20 years experience helping executives to work better across cultures.

4 thoughts on “Infographic: Top 10 insights to understanding Saudi Arabian business etiquette

  1. You note that women are treated differently – care to elaborate on that? Are women allowed to do business in the region? Are there certain outfits required, other gestures required if they are?

  2. Great infographic! One question though: in the section on “embrace hospitality” it references Chinese hosts and guanxi. Is this a typo? Thx.

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