What cultural shocks do Arabs face coming to western countries for the first time?

What cultural shocks do Arabs face coming to western countries for the first time?

I have Arabic friends, Arabic clients and have lived with Arabs.

  • It’s damn cold even when it’s meant to be sunny
    • And lot’s of Arab’s love it. For all of about 5 minutes
  • Putting ketchup on your pizza is not the norm in England
    • But I’m Indian and I do it sometimes as well :slight_smile:
  • English people are not as…warm as Arabs
    • Being British Indian - I’m accustomed to Arabic friends calling me ‘brother’ - Anglo-Saxon Brits struggle with this a little
  • Arabic people touch each other more when greeting
    • A kiss on the cheek, a warm handshake, a hug Try that with English people :slight_smile:
  • England is an island. The food is not as colorful
    • Fewer herbs, spices, sauces, cue a trip to Edgeware Road
  • Women and men are affectionate (PDA’s) in public
    • This is not common at all in Arabic countries
  • Bikini’s and Speedos/Briefs on the beach in the swimming pool
    • My friends do enjoy the swimming pools and holidays to Spain
  • Brits don’t make friends with ‘strangers’ as Arabs do
    • We are far too reserved for that
  • Business is done based on trust more so than contracts
    • In England its contracts and formalities

To be honest with you. Britain (inc myself) could learn a lot from Arabic people. In affection between friends, in business and indeed life.

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