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