Greeting someone in Abu Dhabi
Greetings can be protracted affairs as an Arab may enquire
after you and your family's health. The polite reply is
that all is well, thanks be to God. It is usual to use 'Sayed'
(Mr) or 'Sayeda' (Mrs) followed by the first name. The name
should always be prefixed with the honorific title when
conducting business. The Bedouin custom of offering food
and shelter to strangers in the deserts is preserved today
by the coffee ceremony. Business often starts with a tiny
cup of cardamon-flavoured coffee poured from the traditional
metal pot or dallah. To indicate that you have had enough,
guests must wiggle the cup from side to side.
Any service charge on a restaurant bill usually goes to
the restaurant rather then the waiter, therefore, even if
tips arent expected, they are very much appreciated.
Abu Dhabi dress code
Clothing should be conservative and smart. Women should
avoid wearing revealing clothing, especially in rural areas,
and go for loose clothing such as loose-cut trousers and
The United Arab Emirates is the most liberal part of the
Persian Gulf, however still very conservative by Western
standards. This means that great offence would be shown
by wearing revealing clothing or in any way showing disrespect
in Mosques or other public places.