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CultureShock! UAE

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CultureShock! United Arab Emirates orientates you into a country that is moving forward at a breathtaking pace unlike any other. The thriving economy attracts a large and diverse expatriate workforce, while luxurious hotels, spectacular skyscrapers and top-class shopping places continue to draw tourists from all corners of the globe. Learn more about the Emiratis' lifestyles, mentalities and religious practices, and pick up vital tips on how to behave, act and speak in a manner that will help you settle down into your new environment more comfortably.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Dedication
  8. Map of the United Arab Emirates
  9. Chapter 1: First Impressions
  10. Chapter 2: Land and History of the UAE
    1. Change
    2. Location
    3. Boundary Disputes
    4. Climate
    5. Nature
    6. Astronomy
    7. The Emirates Through The Ages
    8. Leadership
    9. Problems of Modernisation
  11. Chapter 3: The Emiratis
    1. Population
    2. The Working Population
    3. Social Welfare
    4. Religion
    5. Women In The UAE
  12. Chapter 4: Fitting In with the Emiratis
    1. Tradition And Heritage
    2. Point Of Discussion Or Taboo Topic?
    3. Alternative Lifestyles
  13. Chapter 5: Settling Down in the UAE
    1. Entry
    2. Culture Shock
    3. Getting Around
    4. The Bureaucracy
    5. Post Office
    6. Police
    7. Payment
    8. Shopping
    9. Outdoors
    10. Health
    11. Education
    12. Housing
    13. Media
    14. Singles And Married
    15. The Short-Timer’s Attitude
    16. Advice For Coping
  14. Chapter 6: Food in the UAE
    1. Restaurants
    2. Meal Times
    3. Ramadan Schedule
    4. Gulf Cuisine
    5. Using Your Hands
    6. Eating Customs
    7. Non-Gulf Arab Cuisine
    8. Fine Dining
    9. The Roadside Café
    10. A Meal In The Park
    11. Western Cuisine
    12. Alcohol
    13. Dishes Of The UAE
  15. Chapter 7: Enjoying the Culture
    1. Traditional Emirati Dress
    2. The Majlis
    3. The Modern Emirati
    4. Traditional Games
    5. Leisure Activities
    6. Calendar Of Festivals And Holidays
  16. Chapter 8: Language
    1. Arabic Or English?
    2. Learning Arabic
    3. Numbers
    4. Classical Arabic And Dialect
    5. Taking Lessons
    6. Language Need
    7. Arabic And The Qur’an
    8. Arabic And Art
    9. The Power Of Words
    10. Non-Verbal Communication
  17. Chapter 9: Working and Doing Business
    1. Economics
    2. Inflation
    3. Tourism
    4. Beyond The Oil Boom
    5. International Relations
    6. Business Opportunities
    7. Conducting Your Business
    8. Dirty Hands
    9. Emiratization Of Jobs
    10. Entry-Level Jobs
    11. Job Negotiation
    12. Western Working Women
    13. Taxes
    14. Bribes
    15. Business Licenses
    16. Environmental Issues
    17. Law And The Court System
    18. Non Government Organisations
    19. Final Advice
  18. Chapter 10: Fast Facts
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Author
  25. Index