September 2018 (82)

UAE - Culture Smart

ISBN: 9781857338744

Publisher: Kuperard

Culture Smart! UAE introduces you to the history and culture of the Emiratis, tells you what to embrace and what to avoid, and smooths your path toward full enj...


Culture Smart! UAE introduces you to the history and culture of the Emiratis, tells you what to embrace and what to avoid, and smooths your path toward full enjoyment of a fascinating experience. The United Arab Emirates, on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Gulf, is at once one of the most conservative societies in the world and one of the most forward-looking. Only a couple of generations ago it was a poor desert land, a confederation of tribal sheikhdoms on the periphery of the Arab world, subsisting on pearl-diving and fishing. It was a British protectorate until independence in 1971, after which seven of the sheikhdoms, or emirates, united to form a federation, the UAE. The discovery of oil in the 1950s transformed the country’s fortunes. New industries alongside oil and gas include banking, media, asset management, and tourism. Yet the UAE retains its moderate Islamic identity, and the rhythm of daily life is accompanied by the cadences of the muezzin’s calls to prayer, in the shade of the many mosques. Traveling to or living in the UAE is likely to involve moving beyond your cultural comfort zone, but do so and you will find a people whose embrace of modernity is exhilarating, and whose effort to combine the ancient and the modern is an intriguing example of globalization in action. Together with the legendary Arabic sense of hospitality and generosity, this makes the UAE an extremely rewarding place to visit. Culture Smart! UAE aims to demystify culture and values of the Emiratis, opening up the reader up to a more enriched travel experience.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 168


Dimensions: 110 x 169 mm


Tags: September 2018   Travel
$22.99
USA - Culture Smart

ISBN: 9781857336757

Publisher: Kuperard

In today’s global village, who can afford not to understand the United States, still the world’s biggest superpower, the largest economy, and, by many stand...


In today’s global village, who can afford not to understand the United States, still the world’s biggest superpower, the largest economy, and, by many standards, one of the world's most important nations? Many facets of American life have been eagerly embraced around the world. Yet the sense of “just like in the movies” familiarity that first-time visitors often feel can be misleading. Underneath the gleaming smile of popular culture lies a varied and complex society, brimming with contrasts and contradictions. Ostentatious wealth and consumption coexist with grinding poverty, time-worn towns with vibrant cities that scrape the sky. It is a culture of go-getters, of high-tech, high achievers who have put a man on the moon and count Mars as their latest scientific sandbox. It is also a deeply spiritual, compassionate country with a quiet devotion to church and charitable works. An immigrant nation, spanning six time zones, newly carved from a thousand cultures, isn’t going to fit a single template. Generalisation is unavoidable. The rule of thumb is: be informed about cultural norms, but be flexible in applying this knowledge. In other words, when you travel to the United States, make sure you pack an open mind. Let's Do Lunch Many visitors often misinterpret the warm, open American style of communication. While demonstrating good intention, phrases such as "let's do lunch" or "we must get together" are often not actual invitations, but rather a polite way to bring closure to a conversation.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 168


Dimensions: 110 x 169 mm


Tags: September 2018   Travel
$22.99
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