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
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
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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