Admiring objects and gift giving
Arabian Business and Cultural Guide is a 200+ pages guide for visitors, exporters, and international traders to understand the culture, business culture, and how to do business with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and other Arab countries. Author: Mohammad Al-Sabt.
When you explicitly admire a possession of your Arabian host, he might feel obligated
to offer it to you even if it is of special value to him. Admiring something should not
be prolonged. When Arabs receive gifts, it is a custom not to open it in front of the giver.
The same is expected when they give someone else a gift.
||Type of gift
|Visiting a person in a hospital||Flowers, Chocolate, Fruit|
|Wedding||Money in envelope (very traditional/tribal: Sheep)|
|Newborn||Baby items, Flowers|
|Eid (Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha Islamic holidays)||Small amounts of money given directly to Kids by their parents and relatives. Relatives households and neighbors exchange meat cuts from their sacrificed sheep on Eid ul-Adha. Relatives households and neighbors exchange sweets/dessert dishes on Eid ul-Fitr.|
|After Ramadan fasting month||Neighborhood Kids get together going from one house to another singing traditional songs at each house they stop at and are rewarded with candy and chocolate that they collect in their simple traditionally made cloth bags. Itís somewhat similar to what kids do in Halloween in other countries.|
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