You will lose nothing but can gain a lot if you do not only feel but also express your esteem and respect towards your potential or actual business partners. We understand more or less about how it is done in Europe. What happens, though, if you have to do the same in a country where the culture is totally different? That country may both be cosmopolitan and conservative, such the United Arab Emirates. Here are a few habits to bear in mind.
Partners greet each other with a short and gentle handshake; unless one of them is a woman, in which case any physical contact with her should be avoided. If the meeting takes place in an office, then always greet the oldest person first, irrespective of rank. However, if you are in a public place, then shake hands with everyone, moving clockwise from left to right.
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