Oman Business and Workplace Culture. Omani information on acceptable business etiquette, dress, business cards, gifts, Business Meetings, and Negotiations, etc. -Make sure to have planned a meeting far in advance. Avoid times that conflict with prayer. Typical business hours are 8 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm. -The customary greeting is “Assalam alaikum” (peace be upon you) and replied with “Wa alaikum as-salam” (and upon you peace). -When introduced to business partners, shake everyone’s hand. If there is a woman present wait for her to extend her hand. -Do not be late. Keeping people waiting is a sign of disrespect. However, do not expect the meeting to the end of time. -Hospitality is closely connected to establishing trust. Invest time in getting acquainted. -Omanis welcome guest with a variety of different Oman traditions. For example, serving coffee or kahwa. Do not decline these beverages. -Omani companies have a strong vertical hierarchy. Decisions will be made from the top-down, meaning the process will be slow. -Business cards are not a common part of Oman culture. If you do extend a business card make sure to give one to everyone in the room.
Oman Business and Workplace Etiquette
Oman Business and Workplace Etiquette. Oman Business Attire -Omani men wear the traditional full-length white robes and turbans. -Foreign men are expected to wear conservative black or brown suits. -Women wear conservative suits with little or no jewelry. Behavior -Omanis keep a close distance when talking, they believe it helps build trust. -Omanis keep strong eye contact during meetings. By returning the eye contact it is viewed as a mutual understanding. -Omanis take their time when deliberating, do not rush a decision.
Oman Business and Gift Giving
Oman Business Gift Giving. Gift Giving -Gifts are not necessary but appreciated. -Gifts should not be opened in public. -When giving the gift, present it to the highest official and with both hands. Appropriate Gifts: – perfumes without alcohol, books, artwork Gifts to Avoid: – alcohol, perfumes with alcohol, pork or pigskin items, personal items, knives, the art of women, cigars.
Oman Business Conversation
Oman Business Communication. Conversation -Omanis are quite soft-spoken people. Avoid being to loud or using your hands when speaking. -Conversations can be slow do not feel obligated to speak during periods of silence. -If the answer is “yes” it often means “possibly”. -Meetings are often interrupted by phone calls. Be prepared to have to break. -The person asking the questions in a meeting is often the least important. Those quiet and in the background make the final decisions. -Be prepared to present one concept in multiple ways. -Due to the language barrier, it may be helpful to have a presentation outline in both English and Arabic. Topics to Discuss: -sports, friends, family, holidays, growth in economy Topics to Avoid: -Israel, women, dogs, religions, cigars, politics