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United Arab Emirates > WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?

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As a foreigner, you are expected to be prompt. However, punctuality is not a traditional virtue in the United Arab Emirates. If your contacts are Indian or Lebanese, they may be on time.

Patience is your best friend when doing business in the United Arab Emirates. If your Emirati counterpart is late, whether to an appointment or with a contract, never take umbrage. Emiratis did not grow up in a country where “time is money.” In general, no business is addressed in your initial meeting—it can be spent entirely on small talk. You are establishing a relationship, and hopefully you will obtain your prospect’s personal cell phone number. This is far better than an e-mail address, since many Emiratis do not respond to e-mails. E-mails can be viewed as laborious, whereas a phone call or a text is far more personal and efficient.


  

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