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Saudi Arabia - Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture (Anglais) Broché – 3 juin 2008

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Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.

Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include:

* customs, values, and traditions
* historical, religious, and political background
* life at home
* leisure, social, and cultural life
* eating and drinking
* do's, don'ts, and taboos
* business practices
* communication, spoken and unspoken

"Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel

"... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel

"...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer

"...as useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine

"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times

Biographie de l'auteur

NICOLAS BUCHELE grew up in Hamburg and was educated at University College London, where he graduated with first-class honors in English Language and Literature. He left Europe in 1997 to work as a journalist in Asia. In 2003—04, he was chief sub-editor at Arab News in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He has published articles on subjects ranging from Henry James’ late novels to car launches in Lebanon. He now lives in Bangkok, Thailand, where he works for Korea’s largest-circulation newspaper, the Chosun Ilbo.

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15 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Not Very Comprehensive & Frequently Inaccurate 6 décembre 2012
Par PseudoSolomon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Much of the information the author shares is useful, but almost all of his observations seem to come from a culturally biased perspective (and doesn't that fly in the face of the purpose of the "Cutlure Smart!" series?), a view that seems unable to see beyond the obvious. Although the author apparently lived in Saudi for a time, I was shocked, repeatedly, by how many things he gets wrong. Just two simple examples: he talks about camera phones being banned in KSA. Not true, and according to my inquiries, has never been true. He says that Saudis are generous tippers. What?!! Tipping is not cutomary here, anywhere I've traveled (and I've traveled extensively around the country), and is viewed with bemused skepticism. Saudis rarely tip, and if they do, it is verrrrry grudgingly... even when they're in western countries where it's expected. These are minor things, but they are indicative of a pattern of statements that runs throughout the book. Because many readers may know nothing about KSA, they will accept the author's statements as facts. But he is frequently wrong. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, maybe these things were misunderstandings, or he heard them from unreliable sources; perhaps they were quirks of the neighborhoods where he lived (in Jeddah, a city on the western coast)... but that seems doubtful. Regardless, if you're presenting materials as accurate truths, especially about a place as distant, misunderstood, and politically sensitive as Saudi Arabia, shouldn't we expect better?

This is my first Amazon review, but I feel compelled to set the record straight, or at least, straight-er, in response. I'm a westerner, currently living and working in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia; I've been here for 2 years. I can't in any way call myself an expert about this cutlure, but I have worked very hard to meet and befriend Saudis, venture far beyond the boundaries of western haunts, and open my mind to as untainted a view of the place as one can manage. I'm not always successful, and sometimes I hate it here -- but I try to see the world around me as clearly and honestly as I can. The creators of this book do not seem to be feel the same responsibility.
11 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
So Different, So Interesting, So Glad I Live Elsewhere 22 juin 2010
Par SilverStepAlice - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
'Culture Smart' Series Review:

First, I am a culture junkie and am a big fan of the 'Culture Smart' series with seven guides thus far in my growing collection. * Germany, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Cuba, Croatia, Brazil and Morocco * This series offers a compact look into the cultures of the world: their customs, attitudes and behaviors, etc. These books provide perhaps as close of understanding to many of them as a reader will have. It also does not hurt that I take in fun/unusual facts like a sponge. I highly recommend this series before traveling to another country or just to further your knowledge of other cultures.
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Good for learning some cultural basics 27 novembre 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This was a quick read for me prior to my second trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It helped fill in some of the cultural basics that were not readily apparent from business interactions. I felt more confident this time around and thought that perhaps I understood a little more about my hosts. The book doesn't cover anything in depth, but I recommend it for anyone who has to go there on business.
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Excellent 16 février 2013
Par Drumm McNaughton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
A QUAD primer on Saudi culture. I found it very helpful and nearly all of it was correct (at least according to my hosts). Well done and thanks.
Saudi Arabia: Culture Smart Series 19 février 2013
Par Kim Burdick - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Published in 2008, this is a decent little book that helps open westerners' minds to the good and interesting features of a world most of us will never see.

My students tell me that things have been changing since this book was published and that more jobs are opening up in their country for Saudi workers. They are pleased and excited about the modernization efforts their country is making.

This a a very preliminary but helpful introduction to KSA.

Kim Burdick
Stanton, DE
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