Western corporations have extended their operations to the UAE. Consequently, some problems can arise because many expatriate managers cannot adjust to such a foreign environment. Hence, many projects are likely to fail. However, adequate expatriate preparation can reduce or even prevent expatriate failure. Cross-cultural training intends to assist expatriates enhance their knowledge and skills, which in turn can help the expatriate practice in an unfamiliar host country and to be more productive.
There are significant cultural differences in UAE between local culture and Western cultures. If we are looking to move to the UAE, we should be aware of cultural differences and working ...view middle of the document...
For example the earning can be shared in order to help the family. And people have a different view of money, it is for example a shame to talk money. In individualist culture, we will say “Short reckonings make long friends” and this is not true in relationships between Arabic people.
Loyalty and obedience to the family is important in the Arab societies, they live in an extended family and extended relationships. All these situations create a system of authority. Leaders, like fathers and grandfathers have power and control. So, the power distance is pretty high.
There is a strong vertical hierarchy in most Emirati companies. Many are owned and
run by one powerful person who makes all of the decisions. This person must be
treated with respect and deference, particularly if you hope to have a successful
• Age, money and family connections are all key determining factors of a person’s
status. Who you are is usually more important than what you have achieved. It is
not uncommon to therefore find many members of one family working for the same
company and indeed,
• Status is important and must be recognised by using the correct title such as Shaikh
(chief), Mohandas (engineer) and Ustadh (professor). If you are unsure of someone’s
title, find out beforehand or ask the person who introduced you.
It is essential to respect people’s titles and position in society. Most businesses have a top-down hierarchy, with one important individual making most of the decisions.
According to Hofstede’s data the Arab societies reduce the level of tolerance, they are uncomfortable by uncertainty and ambiguity, they tend to be conservative as well, an this is the same with no muslim people. So, they do not really accept change, they rely upon social rules and regulations. 4
Egypt would be the most masculine countries in the Arab world. Boys and girls learn to be ambitious and competitive even if the girls may be directed to their future homes achievements live in past. Some people will tell that it was better before, in the past.
I think, Arabic culture is short-term oriented, because there is a high respect for traditions and some people will tell that it was better before, in the past.
The respect of religion is very important in moslem countries. This factor plays a significant role in the people’s lives and behaviours.
The combination of these two high scores (UAI) and (PDI) create societies that are highly rule-oriented with laws, rules, regulations, and controls in order to reduce the amount of uncertainty, while inequalities of power and wealth have been allowed to grow within the society. These cultures are more likely to follow a caste system that does not allow significant upward mobility of its citizens.
When these two Dimensions are combined, it creates a situation where leaders have virtually ultimate power and authority, and the rules, laws and regulations developed by those in power,...