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The Arab world handbook
Peters, James.
Personal Author:
Arabian Peninsula edition.
Publication Information:
London : Stacey International, [2000]

Physical Description:
240 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Format :


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HF5389 .P484 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
HF5389 .P484 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This handbook presents the Arab world's way of life and prevailing attitudes, including the people's customs, language, religion and values. The chapter on etiquette explains how to behave and read the signs in a variety of circumstances. The book also includes: advice on planning and conducting a visit to the Arab world; advice on making a temporary home in the Arab world; and essential phrases and basic vocabulary.

Author Notes

James Peters has lived and worked in the countries of the Arabian Peninsula as a soldier, diplomat and businessman for over forty years. He studied Arabic at Durham University and at the Foreign Office Middle East Centre for Arab Studies in Lebanon. The Arab World Handbook in this new Peninsula edition is the distillation of his extensive experience

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
Chapter 1 Background
Geography and Climatep. 13
Historical Summaryp. 14
Culture and Societyp. 18
Language, Literature and Artp. 24
Government and Businessp. 25
Law, Order and Decorump. 27
Islamp. 27
Chapter 2 The Arabic Language
Introductionp. 41
Pronunciationp. 43
Greetings and Pleasantriesp. 44
Common Words and Expressionsp. 45
Useful Phrasesp. 46
Emergency Phrasesp. 52
Basic Grammarp. 53
The Arabic Scriptp. 60
Chapter 3 Etiquette
Introductionp. 67
Calling on an Arabp. 67
Receiving an Arabp. 76
Entertainmentp. 76
Festivalsp. 79
Miscellaneous Customsp. 81
Arab Namesp. 83
Forms of Address and Official Correspondencep. 84
Chapter 4 Visiting the Peninsula
Introductionp. 91
Timing a Visitp. 91
Clothingp. 91
Healthp. 93
Entry Requirementsp. 96
Currencyp. 97
Prohibited Goodsp. 97
Arrivalp. 98
Departurep. 102
Chapter 5 The Expatriate
Introductionp. 105
Assessing and Preparing for a Postp. 106
Expatriate Lifep. 112
The Female Expatriatep. 116
Desert Travelp. 117
Chapter 6 The Business Traveller
Introductionp. 123
The Marketp. 123
Market Researchp. 124
Product Requirementsp. 130
Financingp. 131
Marketing Plansp. 131
Qualities of a Successful Business Travellerp. 132
Visit Administrationp. 135
Preparation and Timingp. 139
The Conduct of Businessp. 140
Regional Organisationsp. 157
The State of Bahrainp. 159
The State of Kuwaitp. 165
The Sultanate of Omanp. 171
The State of Qatarp. 179
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabiap. 183
The United Arab Emiratesp. 193
The Republic of Yemenp. 201
UK Consular Assistance Abroadp. 209
Commercial Support for US Companiesp. 213
The State of Bahrainp. 160
The State of Kuwaitp. 166
The Sultanate of Omanp. 172
The State of Qatarp. 178
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabiap. 184
The United Arab Emiratesp. 192
The Republic of Yemenp. 201
Glossaryp. 221
Basic Vocabularyp. 227
Indexp. 237