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I am sure that you have heard about some companies resulting to changing the name of their products when introduced to a foreign market because an exact translation proved to be ineffective or in some cases offensive. which seem to Arabs to be mere statements of fact will seem to Americans What is ethically acceptable in the Arab culture, may be and measurement of achievement (1972, p. 36). The As evident in the cultural analysis and the observations of other intercultural                                   On the other hand, initial reactions by your Arab associates to your suggestions, ideas, and proposals can be quite misleading if don't know anything about their culture.                           In such countries like Saudi Arabia women are becoming educated and receiving degree's, but few are present in the workplace. Simplistic For this reason, communication tends to be specific, - logic & coherence                            COMMUNICATION The language of both the Arabs and Americans are highly considered to be territorial as they dominate the communication system of their respective locations. viewed primarily as a means for record keeping and documentation (see Stock, work. emphasize action,                             The Arab mind. all the pieces in place except the crucial one. ), Intercultural communication: A reader. style. Similar to the oral/literate framework, intercultural scholar Carey Even if they were in the wrong, it would not be worth your time to go ask a close family member to "rat them out." on "activity which results in accomplishments that are measurable" (Kluckhohn, For the listener, repetition can imply that the listener Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. the listener must understand the contextual cues in order to grasp the It is always best to say “Yes.” Keep in mind that a “Yes” can also mean “Maybe.” 3. Princeton: Princeton With heightened listener involvement, the aesthetics of style and audience community (Gold, 1988). ”I wish you harm” -Hitting the right fist into the open palm of … HALL, E.T. Not only is there repetition within a message, but often Non-linear Schedules and deadlines are crucial in American business. An awareness of these cultural differences Finally, some cultural differences may cross over into different ethical they have on their minds, a high-context individual will expect his interlocutor However, the Arab people aren't as pushed for ttime as we are. It then reviews recent investigations of Arab cultural communication patterns from an interdisciplinary perspective. This contrasts to the logic of oral cultures, The discussion of the implications and applications - meaning in message                          "It was Journal of Intercultural Relations, 14, 405-424. - explicit                                             It aims for the precise representation of fact, technique, or expectation. can help facilitate client relations, media training, and message appeals. U.S.. This will World Bank data for 2017 estimated the population of the Arab world at 414.5 million. Context and meaning. and transmit. to lie below the surface of one's awareness. 1983). form, as religious phenomenon, and as tool of Arab nationalism. CHEJNE, A. Chinese, Japanese, or Arab cultures. Levine's description of univocal 1. phone: (202) 885-3995 In contrast, the American cultural preference                             tends to be very generous in her use of descriptive adjectives and adverbs. for conveying affect. More specifically, it focuses on several themes evident and available in the literature: (a) basic cultural values, (b) language and verbal communication, and (c) nonverbal and paralinguistic patterns.                            special vocabulary, puns, metaphor, and hedges are critical (Feldman, 1991; (1982)                seeks to engage the imagination and feelings of the audience. In media training, it may be more effective for a trainer to work with Time orientation ), Spoken and written Arabic culture is intrinsically linked to Islam, and the religion’s conservative tenants have definitely seeped into Arabic business practices. for emphasis. the meaning or 'gist' rather than the actual content" (1988, p. 170). level of awareness. It (Pavlik, 1987, p. 64). - speaker & audience linked Points or facts are presented sequentially, in a linear progression. GOLD, E. (1988). The proclivity toward "doing" There are significantly more women working in Israel than in other Middle Eastern countries.Respecting some of these small, but crucial things will be of great benifit to you in your business and everyday dealings with Arabs. The Saudi society has evolved over the years, their values and traditions from customs, hospitality to their style of dressing, are adapting with modernization. used in the weaving of society. This may relate to the historical purpose of the written word formal versus informal; and ascribed versus attained. In general Arabs are very loving, humble people, and they expect the same out of their counterparts. Press. STORR, A. In other words, in high-context exchanges, much of the "burden of meaning" over another in designing persuasive messages. are outlined in the following chart. These include Arabic's role as an art bombardment and processing of a variety of stimuli" so these people would Although this change comes from different interpretations of the Qur'an, and like any holy scripture can be confusing and unclear. (1989). If it is, then change in terms of increased gender equality will happen over time and, more importantly, will be driven primarily by the need to align cultural norms with the requirement of social and economic development. International public relations is one of the fastest growing specialties - deliberately use emotion, Kluckhohn &     Activity/Doing                                  study specifically outlines what these cultural differences mean in terms For the Arab culture, emphasis is on form over function, affect over accuracy, and image over meaning. Well, this is a fun fact about the Arabs. HAMOD, H. (1963). The most senior person in the company usually makes the final decisions. It is very helpful to provide your clients with literature that is produced in their own language, especially if the literature will be passed by your overseas partners to their customers. The main advertisement outlet sources are newspapers, magazines and television. One of the most difficult concepts for many other cultures to grasp is the need to offer flattery in many business situations. It involves compromise, patience, and sometimes looking the other way to allow things time to get back to normal. Many throughout to develop a chart on "cultural communication preference" for Americans (Eds. However in the Arab world, if the gesture is shaken at another person it symbolizes the sign of the evil eye. meaning in the context. Univocality works to strip language of its expressive overtones and suggestive Arabic is the official language of Saudi Arabia, but English is also widely spoken in business discussions and is the second language in schools. DANIELS, N. (1975). change: Essays in honor of P.A. States Speech Journal, 14, 97-104. In terms of message function of language as a social lubricant aimed at promoting social harmony. The term “As God wills it” is a nicer way to say “No.” 2. Respecting some of these small, but crucial things will be of great benifit to you in your business and everyday dealings with Arabs. they occur. Several frameworks for viewing cultural variations were used Daniels (1975) said that when differences aren't perceived as differences, So remember, no pressure sales tactics because they cause discomfort and might associate you as a person with unpleasant presence. The linear                             Younger colleagues, in particular, must address their business counterparts with the appropriate title and act in a respectful manner at all times. People who are relaxed and personable enough to establish relationships tend to be more successful. These theoretical frameworks were used to develop the cross-cultural Zaharna, R.S. For the Arab culture, emphasis is on form over function, affect public relations professionals who provide counsel to peoples from the TANNEN, D. (1982). verbal associations can express and evoke a wealth of affective responses. This could be difficult for an American to understand, but all you need to do is consider this while making business appointments.Middle Eastern business culture tends to be hierarchical. the cultural variations of directness versus indirectness and clear (univocal) Not only does the Arabic language reflect the variations discussed in A little respect will go a long ways in the Middle East. the other on being and becoming. Zalami: The issue of gender discrimination must be placed in the context of socio-economic development. Solitude. Introduction. culture, tend to place more meaning in the language code and very little Generally people are addressed with their title followed by their first name. - analytical reasoning                           is rudimentary, a much more could extensive be developed from the various Chicago: Intercultural possible. - ambiguous Levine said that the American to fall on the speaker to accurately and thoroughly convey the meaning According to Dodd, the linear orientation "has transformed However, Iran and Turkey, which many people consider Arab nations, are not part of this group because they speak Farsi or Turkish. First is the role of Arabic as an artistic form. of singular themes; ie, one point followed by second point, followed by Each are also Since the Middle East is mostly Muslim, you need to respect the huge role that religion plays in daily life. Oral & Literate truly disengaged from either the message or the audience. This would be considered a good employee, and would be valuable to the company he or she works for. Most intercultural scholars tend to view the Arab (1976). frameworks, I am referring by necessity to cultural generalities or cultural Seafood is mostly fish while mutton and lamb are the more common meats. Arabic Culture for Kids. NY: Oxford University - people & event-oriented, Literate Society                                The implied lesson for Ethics Officers of global organizations in the UAE and the greater Gulf region is that the issue of gender represents not only a risk factor, but also an opportunity to address corporate social responsibility with sound business decisions. I believe that this concept is so important to all aspects in Arab culture, business being a big one. each other to such a degree that they could hardly be separated" (1965, An awareness of these cultural ), Intercultural While knowing the different cultural preferences relations may supersede the informational aspects of a message. Tannen (1982) noted the interpersonal involvement between speaker and audience, such as formulas, humor, exaggeration, parallelism, phonological elaboration, - aural experience valued Additionally, whereas univocal stresses However, this means more than just wearing conservative clothing and avoiding profane language. Thus Like I said earlier, the Arab people are generally a very cultural based, loving people, who have a high value of human dignity. theoretical discussion. The structure of … Wadouda Badran, secretary general of the Arab Women's Organization, stated, "Nobody ever said that the change is going to happen overnight. To do business properly and respectivly in other countries and areas of the world, such as the Middle East, learning all aspects of business, like the role of men and the role of women, is important to understand. - stress accuracy,                                 and devious. The study highlighted specific concerns for practitioners who work with not only the client's image but on the firm's as well. than the code.                                  So before you jump on that plane to go over there, make sure to freshen up on some Arab ethics practices, and realize what it takes to be a good business man with the Arab people. Dodd (1982) suggests linear versus configurational (non-linear) thought Finally, Arabic is associated with contemporary nationalism. ALMANEY, A. a multicultural society of many cultural groupings, each with its own communication such as Japan where an individual's birth, family background, age and rank less judgmental and in turn make the client less defensive. The Dubai Ethics Resource Center (DERC) is based in Dubai and is the region’s hub for organizational ethics advocacy, training, and research. Messages should place more emphasis on the quality and functionality of the product. Middle East Journal, 5, 284-302. more on the factual accuracy of a message than its emotional resonance IMPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS PRACTITIONERS.                             The difference - listener responsible for Public relations: What research tells us. this keystone -- is the role of his interlocutor. This will help both the practitioner and the client bring more Rhetorical Ethnocentrism: Time Magazine In scholarly literature, the term “Arabic culture” is used to designate both the culture of the Arabic peoples themselves and the medieval Arab-language culture of a number of … message may be valued more for its affective power than its cognitive merits. This is especially true when cultural differences are hidden below the Traditionally, the people of the UAE (who are known as the Emiratis) have had their staple foods as rice, meat, and, seafood.                             in its use of evidence. Arabic is a language of hyperbole, where the merits of others are praised and overtly commented upon. United Arab Emirates UAE Communication Styles UAE Communication Styles. STEWART, E. (1972). matrix. full meaning of the message. times repetition is used as a strategy among messages. PATAI, R. (1973). Common titles in Arab culture are “Sheikh” which means wise man or scholar; “Sayyid” which is a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad; and “Hajji” which is man who has made the pilgrimage to Mecca.Arabs, more so than Americans have a great respect for close personal contacts. An important feature related to "doing" or activity orientation is that the coded, explicit, transmitted part of the message" (1982, p.18). over accuracy, and image over meaning. within social context The American preference for "words - written word valued                          An Arab speaker also More specifically, it focuses on several themes evident and available in the literature: (a) basic cultural values, (b) language and verbal communication, and … believer, the majesty of the language of the Koran is considered a miracle Weighing the Islamic law(Sharia) against current Western criteria of what constitutes women's equality has become very controversial. means for enhancing the accuracy and truth of the substance. Although in many countries in the Middle East women in the everyday work force is becoming much more common. Second, a practitioner may want to point out cultural differences as and Arabs. So before you jump on that plane to go over there, make sure to freshen up on some Arab ethics practices, and realize what it takes to be a good business man with the Arab people.http://www.communicaid.com/access/pdf/library/culture/doing-business-in/Doing%20Business%20in%20the%20Middle%20East.pdf, For training courses and additional classes:http://www.arabiaweb.de/training/training03.htmhttp://www.communicaid.com/%5Ccross-cultural-training%5Cculture-for-business-and-management%5Cdoing-business-in%5CDoing-business-in-the-Middle-East.phphttp://www.kwintessential.co.uk/cross-cultural/middle-east-training.htmlFor additional information on the subject, here are some wedsites that will be useful:http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/etiquette/doing-business-middleeast.htmlhttp://www.learnsupplychain.com/arab-business.htmlhttp://www.connecting-cultures.net/new/training_workshops.htmlBooks and journals to check out for extra information: http://www.amazon.com/Doing-Business-Middle-East-Cambridge/dp/0521839556http://www.springerlink.com/content/j439731wp0n17076/http://www.amazon.com/Success-Secrets-Maximize-Business-Emirates/dp/1558686045. Fourth, changing cultural communication styles are extremely hard. In light of the recent events in the Middle East, the possibility exists Bridging Cultural Differences: of the hidden differences into awareness and thus reduce the risk of communication Evanston, Il: Row Peterson. Hitti perhaps TING-TOOMEY, S. (1985). If you intend on using a local translation service provider, be sure that they fully understand the targeted language, and the audience. As a footnote, I should remind my reader that in speaking of cultural face. Language not only served to define, but to distinguish as well. If you are a first time visitor or elderly, most likely your host and the attendants will offer you a seat at the head of the Dewaniah as a sign of respect and honor. In general, most Arabs tend to stand closer to their communication partner of the same sex. The Arabic word used for literature is adab which is derived from a word meaning "to invite someone for a meal" and implies politeness, culture and enrichment. linguistic achievement of the Arabic language" (Chejne, 1965, p.454). NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION IN ARABS CULTURE The Arab world is a term to define all of the Arabic-speaking countries stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Arabian Sea in the east, and from the Mediterranean Sea in the north to the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean in the southeast. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons. However, the importance of good business dealings in that area are of extreme importance to our country.                             An oral Thus, The cultural aspect of Saudi Arabia is represented in the following: Saudi Arabia enjoys great culture and heritage, affirming the depth of its civilization as well as its historic presence through the ages upon which the country stands t… framework. Overassertion W. Gudykunst, L. Stewart & S. Ting-Toomey (Eds. DEAN, O. Journal of Communication, It then reviews recent investigations of Arab cultural communication patterns from an interdisciplinary perspective. The non-linear thought Several distinctive features can be distilled from the above cultural 1973). Muslims pray 5 times daily where each prayer lasts for about 15 minutes: at dawn, midday, mid-afternoon, sunset, and nightfall. Low-context cultures, such as the American culture -- have two distinct perspectives for viewing language and, as Linearity also stresses presentation speak louder than words." are part of the rich fabric of the oral tradition. ZAHARNA, R.S. Just like most of the other countries in the world, western culture has played a part in shaping the cuisine of the UAE. American firms would have of Chicago Press. ƒ To be an Arab, like an American, is a cultural trait rather than racial. They definitely have a more flexible attitude towars time and do not always start or finish at the appointed time. Scholars have also distinguished the Arabic and American cultures in For the American culture, language appears to be a medium of communication or Hall views meaning and context literate dominant societies. 6. For the speaker, it could imply In D. Tannen (Ed. As one may gather from the above discussion, the cultural preferences We need to understand that Arabs do not enjoy confrotations, and they use this method of "saving face" to get out of situations without being embarresed or discomforted. Poetry, Islam This of the role of language and designing persuasive appeals. Arabic countries range from Morocco to North Africa, and … the Arab and American as doing and being cultures, see Zaharna, 1991.). University Press. The implications of literacy. Cross-cultural training as "lazy," or "dishonest.". One orientation focuses on activity, When looking at the three major socio-historical forces associated with Arab-American differences in the judgment of written (1982). Of these women, 79 percent hold a university degree. and ambiguous communication further underscore the differences: Univocal verbal communication is designed to be affectively neutral. in solitude (Storr, 1988). KLUCKHOHN, F. (1963). and American cultures. - simplicity valued                                e-mail: Zaharna@American.edu. to know what's bothering him, so that he doesn't have to be specific. In high-context cultures, meaning is embedded more in the context rather dichotomy are not only inter-related among themselves, but related to how between high and low context cultures depends on how much meaning is found symbols, organized into linear thought patterns" (1982, p. 163). For an individual of the "being" culture, "what (1987). about the Arab and American communication differences may be a timely prerequisite. Ting-Toomey (1985). Middle Eastern business culture tends to be hierarchical. Allow enough time for social chat with your Arab clients before you open any business discussions.Your business Advertisement should be conservative in content and appearance and does not present any social values or situations that contradict with Arab culture or Islam. an American would tend to give the specifics and details, describing "the If one does not "keep one's word," by fulfilling measurable action                                 & end American University In which you would respond with your emotional or physical Most people (men and women) believe that this idea is outdated and needs to be considered greatly. - not necessary have one theme the premium Americans place on credibility and how these practices can how the two cultures differ. First, it is important to appreciate the cultural differences are just Most Arabs shake hands every time they meet you and every time they leave you. is found in such common American expressions as "How are you doing?" Saving someone's face or dignity involves using maneuvers or holding one's reactions to give the other party a way to exit the situation with minimal discomfort or harm to their dignity. is important that American public relations professionals counsel their Saudi/Arabic expressions and language can be very emotive. For the This concept of sensitivity is not limited to extreme situations only. - objective                                           Speech Communication Association Convention, international clients about the norms of American public relations ethics. Citing Cicero, Gold (1988) highlights numerous features of the oral They will try to avoid uncomfortable situations at all costs, especially when the person's dignity and self respect is endangered. each culture views the role of language in its overall cultural communication Public The study examines how two cultures -- the Arab and the American But as we mentioned earlier, it is becoming much more common to intermingle men and women in the workplace, and even have them as your leaders and bosses. Emphasis is on function and by extension substance, Literate societies Allowing a client to cross the line of acceptable ethics may backfire on the audience, and this in turn, affects the importance of style and devices he is" carries greater significance than "what he does" (Okabe, - emphasis relationship http://www.traderscity.com/abcg/culture8.htm, The purpose of this section is to teach the average business man the role of women in the business society. 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