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Culture Shock! United Arab Emirates: A Guide to Customs and Etiquette Paperback – Jan 3 1998


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kuperard; Expanded edition edition (Jan. 3 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857331613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857331615
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Worthy Attempt March 19 2000
By A Reader from Abu Dhabi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In keeping with the series title "Culture Shock", Gina Crocetti makes a worthy attempt to describe the multi-cultural society to be found in the UAE, yet leaves the longer-staying visitor areas that can be discovered or developed for himself or herself.
Gina also manages to include aspects related to women not easily described from experience by male writers. As such, the book deserves to be read alongside those guides holding more factual and reference-type information. One or two items should be corrected - for example, "at least 3" cups of welcoming coffee should read "not more than 2 or 3". Also the "Do's and Don'ts" need to be separated - it's not always clear which is which !
In its second or third re-print from a 1996 edition, the book also needs updating for "current" information, since a lot of content appears dated. I would have been more impressed with Gina's research had reference to Dr. Frauke Heard-Bey, as a foremost published authority on the UAE's historical development, not included four mentions of "he" when Dr. Frauke is a woman.
A source of excellent references can be found at the UAE National Library located at the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi. The library is "lending" and has a special Gulf archive, which includes a historical summary of the development of Abu Dhabi by Clarence Mann, now long out of print.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Realistic June 28 2000
By barb davids - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I lived in a larger city than Ms Crocetti did and felt initially that this book did not pertain to my experience. As time passed and I went through the cycles of adjustment described, I decided to re-read this book. Not only did I find the cycles of adjustment were as described, but also that the values of the Emirati culture were manifesting themselves in my life. The understanding I gained about them from this book helped me to be more patient, relaxed and respectful. I thought, too, that the book was negative because I had so much hope and expectation for my time working in the UAE. I see now that this author has really given us a realistic view of what to expect from living in the Emirates. I have read numerous Culture Shock! books and can confidently say of the writing- this is one of the best.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Misinformed, outdated and negative Oct. 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having lived and worked in the UAE for the past two years, I'd warn anybody planning a trip here against setting to much store by the information contained in this book. It appears that Ms Crocetti's experience of the UAE was a none-too-happy one, and I'm afraid she's let this colour her perceptions of the place. Given that the book was written fairly recently, much of the information is also strangely out-of-date -- I'd be interested to discover when she was actually here. A much better choice, in my opinion, would be The Dubai Explorer which is constantly updated and contains a comprehensive introduction to the laws, customs and constraints you'll need to know.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Author insight into the juxtaposition of cultures is superb. Oct. 7 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Culture Shock! United Arab Emirates gave me a realistic view of what to expect from the many aspects of life in the UAE. Due to the large number of guest workers in the country, there are many cultural directions from which conflicts arise. Ms. Crocetti's insights into the juxtapositions of the many cultures and the overall flavor of the native culture influencing interactions prepared me well for my own interactions during my stay in the Emirates-both the good and the difficult.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A compulsory complement to Emirates plane ticket. Aug. 10 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book should be the compulsory complement to the plane ticket to Dubai and to United Arab Emirates. There are a lot of things to know and to discover having the first cultural contact with those places and that population.
Madam Crocetti has been able to concentrate an experience of living into few pages. Madam Crocetti gently introduce the occasional tourist and the becomer resident to the Emiratis culture and particularly to the Emiratis way of life.
This guide is not only useful to avoid blunders very easy to do !, as I can state personally, but to find the proper way to live also and above all.
Are you considering to spend an holiday at the Dubai beaches ?
Are You going to be assigned to Dubai or Jebel Ali branch office ?
First of all read this very nice, very sensitive "carnet" and then ... find your way to the people and to this country.

Dr. Ezio Lucenti


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