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.