How to Identify & Tackle Islamophobia in the Workplace

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If you are in a leadership, management, HR or DEI role and would like to understand Islamophobia and its potential impact on your Muslim employees, then this guide is for you.

Anti-Muslim bias, discrimination against Muslims and fear, hatred of, or prejudice towards Muslims - i.e. Islamophobia  - is a social problem.

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The Culture of Time in the Arab World

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Cultures experience time in different ways.

When working across cultures, this can cause problems.

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What Should Foreigners Know About UAE Business Culture?

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If you want to succeed in the UAE, you need to understand the culture.

Without an appreciation of how the locals do things, foreigners can get things very wrong.

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What are the Main Differences between Saudi Arabia and the UAE?

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Many assume the two Arab Gulf countries are alike.

However, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are culturally, politically and socially different in many ways.

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Why is the Middle East called the Middle East?

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A question commonly raised during Middle East cross-cultural training is why the region is named this way.

Well, here's a really quick explanation.

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Is COVID-19 taking Ramadan 2020 Online?

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Ramadan 2020 has arrived!

Although Muslims the world over are celebrating its arrival, the fact that it has arrived against a backdrop of COVID-19 makes it rather unique.

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8 Culture & Etiquette Tips When Doing Business in The UAE

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Want to make the best impression possible when you visit the UAE?

Then you need to learn a bit about the country, its people and how to behave!

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Saudi Arabia Plans New City to Overcome Cultural Differences

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Saudi Arabia has a wealth of strategic opportunities, characterised by a favourable geographical position and an abundance of natural resources.

It has the potential to become the ‘next big thing’ in the Middle East and to build economic streams which are not oil dependent, as outlined in its ambitious ‘2030 Vision’.

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Has Saudi Arabia Ended Gender Segregation in Restaurants?

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Did you know that Saudi Arabia segregates people at restaurants according to gender?

Yes, it’s true, but the internet and media have been buzzing with news that the country has stopped the practice.

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Saudi Arabia Brands Feminists, Atheists and Homosexuals as 'Extremists'

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Be warned! Saudi Arabia is a confusing and contradictory place at the moment.

If you’re involved in doing business in Saudi Arabia, then you need to be aware of some of the current changes taking place at a cultural level.

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Fatalism in Iranian Culture

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Work with Iranians or doing business in Iran?

Learning about another culture is much more than learning about dos and donts; it’s about understanding their values and their mindset.

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What Behaviours are Rude in the Middle East?

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If you’re travelling to the Middle East on business, and want to make a good impression, then it’s important you understand behaviours that are considered rude – or even taboo.

The Middle East is a large region, made up of many different countries – and hence cultures.

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How Do Businesses Negotiate in Saudi Arabia?

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Imagine that you’re presented with an unfamiliar board game and told to play it.

Unfortunately, you don’t understand the rules and irritate the other players by making mistakes and getting things wrong.

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How Does Islam Impact Doing Business in the Middle East?

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Are you new to doing business with the Middle East?

Understanding the local culture is critical if you want to succeed.

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How does the Diversity of the Middle East Shape Cultural Sensitivity Training?

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When it comes to cultural sensitivity training, it’s a little misleading to think of Middle Eastern culture as something homogenous. 

Why?  Because the Middle East is a melting pot of ethnicities, languages and religions.  These elements all fuse together to give us a rich cultural tapestry.

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What’s it Like to be a Woman in Saudi Arabia?

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Despite a history of limiting the visibility of women, the application of harsh gender laws have instead made them the most visible part of the Saudi identity.

As such, when many Westerners think of Saudi Arabia, niqab clad women without any rights, are one of the first images that come to mind.

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Supermodel Accused of Racism Over Cultural Faux Pas

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Did you hear about the supermodel, the airport lounge and the cultural faux pas that caused uproar in Saudi Arabia and the UAE?

No? Well, this is a great little example of culture gone wrong!

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Why Do Middle Eastern Men Wear a Chequered Headdress?

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A common question foreigners moving to or working in the Middle East ask at cultural awareness training sessions is, "Why do the men wear the headdress?"

Great question!

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What are the Most Common Culture Shocks for Foreigners in the Middle East?

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Providing relocation training for expats moving to the Middle East means that we get to hear a great deal about people’s experiences in their new home country.

Although moving to the Middle East can be an incredibly positive experience, it goes without saying that adapting to new cultures and ways of doing things can be a challenge.

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Is the Accorhotels CEO Ignorant of Saudi Culture?

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Saudi Arabia is on a mission to diversify its economy and reduce its reliance on oil revenue.

As part of this, they are looking to become a global tourist destination – something that their UAE neighbours, particularly, Dubai, have accomplished to great effect.

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