Saudi Arabia: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
Saudi Arabia may seem a subdued, even dull place from adistance; but on closer acquaintance it emerges as a fascinatingcountry, not only because of its vital political and culturalimportance in the international arena, but also because of itspeople. Reticent but, on closer acquaintance, charming and warmhosts, the Saudis form a far less monolithic society than one mightexpect. Their gift for storytelling, their humour, and theirendurance leave a lasting impression.Divided by region, creed, and background but united in Islam,insular yet forever traveling abroad, and living with a foreigncontingent that makes up nearly one-fifth of the population: thelist goes on. So what do Saudis have in common beyond theirnational dressPerhaps the key characteristic is that Saudis are intenselyprivate people. Getting to know them can be a challenge—theirreticence is often masked by loud voices and what can seem anarrogant attitude—but it is a challenge worth taking up. Those whomake the effort will encounter charismatic people capable ofenormous charm and a sharp sense of humor that thrives onexaggeration.Culture Smart! Saudi Arabia will help you get to know the peopleat home, at work and in the marketplace. Social, cultural andbusiness life is demystified in concise chapters while sections ofthe values, customs and attitudes that inform daily life will helpput everything into perspective.