5 Mistakes to Avoid When Doing Business in Dubai

You’re heading to Dubai on business? That’s no surprise: The city rocketed onto the list of the top five most robust economies in the world last year, and it’s considered one of the Middle East’s most cosmopolitan cities.But Islamic influence makes doing business in the City of Gold a bit more nuanced than in, say, the City of Light.

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Here are some of the most common professional pitfalls — and how to avoid them.

 

1. Swashbuckling

Your hard-charging, Type A alter ego should be benched. Meetings here move at a slower pace, with manners and courtesy making the most impact on your hosts. Graciously accept the refreshments you’re offered, which might include cardamom-infused coffee or a puff from the shisha, or hookah. Embrace the culture and let patience be your guide.

Do: Stand when any guest — of either gender — joins the meeting. And in Dubai, your word is your bond. If you agree to terms — even verbally — be prepared to deliver on what you’ve promised.

 

2. *&#@&!!!

Arabs love good banter as much as the next person. But profanity is uber-offensive in the Muslim world, so save your R-rated repertoire for your bar buddies back home. You could be fined and jailed for offensive language and gestures. And avoid dishing disparaging views of Islamic culture — you could be fined, jailed or deported.

Do: Impress your hosts by learning the Arabic phrase assalaamu alaikum (“peace be upon you”). You’ll hear this often, and you’ll discover that it’s a nice alternative to “Howdy” and “See ya.”

 

3. Leading with your left

Keep that left hand tucked away when eating, gesturing and glad-handing with your Dubai colleagues. Muslims generally consider the left hand to be unclean.

Do: Let your host initiate handshakes — the usual greeting — and be prepared that handshakes can last a long time. Use only your right hand — covering the handclasp with your left hand won’t be appreciated.

 

4. Eating in public during Ramadan

Visitors during the ninth, and holiest, month on the Islamic calendar will want to make sure they’re respectful of Ramadan’s restrictive customs. (In 2016, the observance will run from June 6 to July 5.) Eating, drinking and smoking — even chewing gum — during the day in public is against the law for Muslims and non-Muslims.

Do: Remember that Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol. While your Dubai colleagues may have adopted Western habits — many business types went to U.S. universities or have lived in the West — it’s best not to drink unless you’re invited to.

 

5. Worrying too much

Dubai’s population is nearly 90 percent expat, and the business community is comfortable with all kinds of cultures.

Do: Relax! Try your best to respect the Emiratis’ values and avoid the preceding mistakes — but also know that you’re dealing with forgiving folks who understand that their culture is, most likely, pretty foreign to you.

 

 

Original Post by Jordan Bressler/MARRIOTTTRAVELER

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5 Adventurous Movies to Inspire the Traveller in you

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” –T.S. Eliot

Nothing inspires wanderlust quite like a good travel film, however far removed from reality it may be. From the rogue adventures of The Motorcycle Diaries, to the secret world created in The Beach, look no further than the following list to ignite that traveller’s itch.

 

Under the Tuscan Sun

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Under the Tuscan Sun tells the story of a recent divorcee who, heeding the advice of a friend, travels around Italy before impulsively buying a Tuscan villa. If the scenery isn’t enough to have you reaching for your wallet, the romance and charming streetscapes should do the trick.

 


 The Motorcycle Diaries

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“We travel just to travel.” — Ernesto Guevara de la Serna.

The Motorcycle Diaries tells the tale of two comrades who travel from Brazil to Peru on, you guessed it, motorcycles. Their trip takes roughly nine months, and the epic road trip is totally repeatable thanks to this comprehensive guide — you know, in case you’re interested. This film proves that journey can be more important than the destination.


Into the Wild

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Perhaps the best travel film, or at least the most deserving of a spot on this list is Into the Wild. The film details the off-the-grid adventures of Christopher McCandless who abandons his conventional life after graduation and ventures across North America. Despite its grim conclusion, this real-life tale is firmly anchored in the hearts of travellers everywhere.

 


 The Beach

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The Beach is the ultimate white sands, turquoise water and isolated paradise dream. Until things get strange, it will make you want to throw out all your belongings, fly to Thailand and camp out under the stars at Maya Bay. While the bay is much, much busier in real life, there is one tour company that offers the “real” beach experience. You arrive after everyone else has left, camp out on the beach, then pack up and leave before the boats of tourists arrive. Oh, and if you’re like someone people we know, you’ll probably try and find a 90s Leonardo Di Caprio of your own.

 


 Lost In Translation

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Unlike the other films on this list, Lost In Translation won’t inspire you to off-the-grid. Instead, Sofia Coppola’s beloved 2003 film will inspire you to plant yourself in a completely alien culture — in this instance, the neon lights of Tokyo. The film is driven by the friendship between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson’s characters. There’s karaoke, drinks and plenty of new experiences and perspectives.

 

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Gym Situation – Marriott Guest Services App

Gym Scene

That bright morning, you are halfway through your daily workout routine at our gym, listening to your favorite playlist……Then you get a subtle reminder of a meeting that’s due in couple of hours ……panic sets in.

Calm you nerves and initiate the Marriott Guest Services App

We are proud to be the pilot property to Launch this App in the United Arab Emirates on 12th of May

Spanish Fiesta – Chef Delvin

Spanish Fiesta - Chef Delvin

This May, indulge yourself in a Spanish Fiesta as we celebrate the Feast day of San Isidro the way it is celebrated each year in Madrid.

Join us at AZ.U.R as Chef Delvin recreates the festival magic with authentic Spanish Paellas, tantalizing Tapas and a secret dessert.

From 13 to 16 May, inclusive of Traditional Spanish beverages

Marriott Guest Services App

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Nearly 80% of all travellers carry a Smartphone or a tablet.

So, the services we offer at our hotel have evolved as well and now our guests can book rooms and check-in from an App; track their gym workout from an App and pretty soon we’ll be launching a Guest Services App so that our Guests can talk to us in Real-time.

Easter celebrations at AZ.U.R

Easter Display

Here’s a glimpse of the chocolate bunnies and eggs elegantly crafted by our Pastry Chef for Easter festivities happening at the hotel.

And in the Evening enjoy an unforgettable Easter buffet dinner in a cozy Mediterranean setting surrounded by your loved ones at AZ.U.R.

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