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Managerial Communication for the Arabian Gulf by Chrysi Rapanta, Catherine Nickerson, Valerie Priscilla Goby

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CHAPTER 1

The Gulf Workforce

The Gulf countries have the highest proportion of migrant workers in the world, and the immigrants send a large amount of remittances back home.1

The huge changes that have taken place in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the past few decades have made the business world there unique. Even managers with wide experience in multinational corporations (MNCs) may be unfamiliar with the nature of the GCC workforces and business practices. In this chapter, we examine features of the Gulf workforce that have a significant impact on workplace communication. Our review will provide a background to some of the complexities of the region’s work environment.

Historic Reliance on Imported Labor

The dramatic economic changes ...

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