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CultureShock! Saudi Arabia

Book Description

CultureShock! Saudi Arabia provides an insight into living and working in a kingdom where Islam governs almost every aspect of life. Uncover the true psyche of the Saudi people—the men clad in their thobes and gutra and women in their abayas—and their unique way of life, a lifestyle which foreigners may find alien and a challenge to cope with. Containing valuable information not only on the practical aspects of settling in, this book will give tips on how best to integrate into Saudi society. Learn about Saudi laws and be aware of what might get you thrown in jail or under the executioner's axe. CultureShock! Saudi Arabia is essential for anyone who wants to fully understand this Islamic country and get the most out of his or her stay in the kingdom.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Map of Saudi Arabia
  9. Chapter 1: First Impressions
    1. Getting There
  10. Chapter 2: Land and History of Saudi Arabia
    1. The Beginnings
    2. The Lie of the Land...
    3. Trading with the World
    4. The Al Sauds
    5. Saudi Arabia: the Early Days
    6. The Origin of Islam
    7. The Spread of Islam
    8. Today’s Islam
    9. Pan-Arab Brotherhood: In Formation or Disarray?
    10. Sunnis and Shi’ites
    11. Saudi Arabia and Israel
    12. Oil and the Economy
    13. The Government of the Present Day
  11. Chapter 3: Who are the Saudis?
    1. From Bedouinism to Opulence
    2. The Population Explosion
    3. Family Values
    4. Names and Labels
    5. Interaction Between the Sexes
    6. Saudi Women
    7. Women and Religion
    8. Acquiring an Identity
    9. Women in the Workforce
    10. Qur’an and the Law
    11. Swapping Cultures
    12. Saudi Arabia’s Bedouins
    13. Education
  12. Chapter 4: Getting to Know the Saudis
    1. The Cultural Divide
    2. The Worker Bees
    3. The Pecking Order
    4. Long Term Immigrants
    5. Separate Societies
    6. Expatriate Women
    7. Male Bonding
    8. Dress Code for Saudi Men
    9. Dress Code for Saudi Women
    10. Dress Code for Aliens: Men
    11. Dress Code for Aliens: Women
    12. Religious Freedoms
    13. Weddings and Funerals
    14. Falling Foul of the Law
    15. Security and Safety
    16. The Ultimate Penalty
    17. Paying Blood Money
    18. Security of Saudi Arabia: the Country
  13. Chapter 5: Settling In
    1. Expectations
    2. Visas and Documentation
    3. Pre-Arrival Checks
    4. Accommodation
    5. Facilities for the Handicapped
    6. Money and Banking
    7. Appliances
    8. Help Around the Home
    9. Travel by Car
    10. Taxis
    11. Postal
    12. Television
    13. Shopping
  14. Chapter 6: Food and Entertaining
    1. Traditional Fare
    2. Restaurants
    3. Domestic Hospitality
    4. Entertaining, Bedouin Style
    5. Coffee Shops
    6. Alcohol
  15. Chapter 7: Sights and Sounds of Saudi Arabia
    1. Survivng the Climate
    2. What Day Is It?
    3. Public Holidays
    4. Architecture
    5. Museums
    6. Literary and Visual Arts
    7. Finding Your Way Around
    8. The Saudi Arabian Countryside
    9. Hotels
    10. Travel by Train
    11. Travel by Air
    12. The Number One Attraction
    13. Touring Outside the Kingdom
    14. Taking Pictures
    15. Entertainment and Leisure
    16. Saudis and Sport
    17. Guest Workers and Sports
  16. Chapter 8: Learning Arabic
    1. Speaking Arabic
    2. Reading Arabic
    3. Writing Arabic
    4. Arabic as Spoken by Arabs
    5. Learning Arabic
    6. Saudi’s Second Language
    7. Body Language
  17. Chapter 9: Working and Doing Business in Saudi Arabia
    1. Economic Development and the Labour Force
    2. Why Can’t the Saudis Run Their Own Country?
    3. Will You Be Replaced By a Saudi?
    4. NITAQAT: Saudisation of the Workforce
    5. Perpetual Trainees
    6. Inshallah: Philosophy or Crutch?
    7. Religion in the Workplace
    8. Employment Contracts
    9. Commercial Law
    10. Income Tax
    11. Negative Comment
    12. Getting On With the Boss
    13. Who’s In Business
    14. Corruption
    15. Further Information on Business Contacts
    16. The Bureaucracy
  18. Chapter 10: Saudi Arabia at a Glance
    1. Famous People of Saudi Arabia
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Authors
  25. Index