Cultural Etiquette in the Middle East | Alison

NSDC Course: Middle East Cultural Etiquette

Gain a better understanding of the social and cultural etiquette in the Middle East, especially during Ramadan.

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This free online NSDC course teaches about Middle East Cultural Etiquette. It will equip you with the knowledge to help you tactfully navigate social situations in the Middle East. You will learn about the best practices when interacting with locals, the behaviour expected of women, and the behaviour expected in interactions between men and women. You will also learn how to behave during the holy month of Ramadan.





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This course begins by teaching you that it is not acceptable to eat, offer, or accept anything with the left hand. You will learn that western women are allowed not to wear a head covering except in mosques and holy sites. Public display of affection and prolonged eye contact of women with men must also be avoided. You will also learn that the sole of the foot must not be displayed nor used to touch anyone with.

You will then learn that pork or pork products must be avoided. This course will also teach you that women should wait to see if a man offers his hand before shaking it and that standing up for new guests is a way of honouring another person, especially for old people. Men and women walking hand in hand are only acceptable if they are married or related. You will also learn practices observed in the Ramadan season, and a whole lot more!

Integrating in a new city or culture is always a new experience. Upon the completion of this course, you will gain a better understanding of the culture within the Middle East especially the do's and don'ts when interacting with local people, the appropriate behaviour for women, the dos and don'ts during Ramadan, and so much more. Sign up for this course and gain better insight into the cultural etiquette one needs to observe in the Middle East.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to: - Describe the do's and don'ts of cultural etiquette when interacting with local people in the Middle East. - Describe the do's and don'ts of appropriate behavior for women in the Middle East. - Describe the do's and don'ts of appropriate behavior between men and women in the Middle East. - Describe the do's and don'ts of appropriate behavior during Ramadan.


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