Don't They Know It's Friday? Cross-Cultural Considerations for Business and Life in the Gulf
|A Must Read by Every Businessman or Western Visitor to any of the
Six Arabian Gulf States, Period!
The Best Selling and most indispensable Business Book which points out cross-cultural understanding musts which will prove to be door openers for doing business or living in the Gulf.
This business book addresses in useful detail the cross-cultural aspects of Westerners’ experiences with Gulf Arabs in the Gulf countries of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE and Oman. Moreover, it deals with the realities of business practice, and the mental stresses and strains of operating in the Gulf as a Western visitor or expatriate. It encourages a bond of understanding between managers at home and their staff in the Gulf. It describes, in a straightforward manner, the
effects of Islam upon the daily life of the expatriate, and is a useful reference book even for people who might think they already know how to behave in the Gulf.
The book offers invaluable advice on the realities of Gulf life and business, thereby saving months - even years - of wasted time, effort and money.
“In conversations with British expatriates in the Middle East one piece of advice recurs: read Don’t they know it’s Friday? by former British soldier and diplomat Jeremy Williams.” Dina Medland, Financial Times
“Don't they know it's Friday?' by Jeremy Williams represents a welcome addition to the abundance of literature available on living and working in the Arabian Gulf. The book is written in a clear and, at times, humorous style and will prove to be a mine of information not only for new expatriates to the Gulf but also for frequent business travelers to the area. All major cross-cultural issues are addressed and perceptive insight is applied into the Arab psyche. This should assist all who are dealing with Gulf Arabs in gaining a greater understanding of the cultural issues waiting to challenge the unprepared or ill-informed…”
Morley Price, The Centre for International Briefing, Farnham Castle
"… so take this book as a guide, the best I know …. Trust it without fear … be very cautious about departing from its advice … it is full of information, common-sense and good manners, all reliable. What I particularly like … is that it gets the tone right." Sir James Craig GCMG, President of the Middle East Association, London
"... admirable book. It struck me as concise, accurate and relevant."
Sir Andrew Green, recently Her Majesty's Ambassador, Riyadh.
"I bought 25 of [these] books after I arrived here and have distributed them to colleagues and friends."
Art Condill, President, Motorola Saudi Inc., Riyadh.
2013, 2nd Fully Revised Edition
Paperback, 260 pages, 8.75" x 6.0"