Doing Business with Abu Dhabi

March 9, 2017
doing business with Abu Dhabi

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Abu Dhabi.

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton


Doing Business With Abu Dhabi


This overview is designed to give a description of some of the key cultural issues you are likely to encounter when doing business with contacts in Abu Dhabi. It is intended to help business people who work with Abu Dhabi to be more effective and culturally fluent.

We look at some of the areas which underpin the cultural mindset in Abu Dhabi and which are very different from the approach and thought processes associated with doing business in other areas of the world.

This briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  1. Key background issues
  2. The importance of relationships
  3. Hierarchy and its impacts
  4. Meetings and decision-making
  5. Communication styles
  6. Religion
  7. Local taboos
  8. Entertaining

We hope you find this information useful and would be delighted to discuss your interests in Abu Dhabi in more detail.