Greeting someone in Abu Dhabi
Greetings can be protracted affairs as an Arab
may enquire after you and your family's health.
The polite reply is that all is well, thanks
be to God. It is usual to use 'Sayed' (Mr) or
'Sayeda' (Mrs) followed by the first name. The
name should always be prefixed with the honorific
title when conducting business. The Bedouin
custom of offering food and shelter to strangers
in the deserts is preserved today by the coffee
ceremony. Business often starts with a tiny
cup of cardamon-flavoured coffee poured from
the traditional metal pot or dallah. To indicate
that you have had enough, guests must wiggle
the cup from side to side.
Any service charge on a restaurant bill usually
goes to the restaurant rather then the waiter,
therefore, even if tips arent expected,
they are very much appreciated.
Abu Dhabi dress code
Clothing should be conservative and smart. Women
should avoid wearing revealing clothing, especially
in rural areas, and go for loose clothing such
as loose-cut trousers and long dresses.
The United Arab Emirates is the most liberal
part of the Persian Gulf, however still very
conservative by Western standards. This means
that great offence would be shown by wearing
revealing clothing or in any way showing disrespect
in Mosques or other public places.