Business Practices in Lebanon

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The Fundamental Principles of Business Culture
Lebanese are rather formal in their professional behaviour but may tell a joke in the middle of a meeting.
The Muslims can sometimes not shake hands with persons of the opposite sex.
First Contact
It is better to phone, Lebanese not always being at ease with the use of Internet.
Handshakes are longer in Lebanon than in European countries.
How to Present Yourself
If somebody is introduced with a title, address to them with the title.
Business Relations
It is common to get on well with your colleagues or business partners and to meet them outside work hours.
It is common to make presents in Lebanon. If you are invited by Muslims, it is advised to give the present to the man rather the woman.
Business Communication
Very straight contact. Lebanese are very franc and look their interlocutor straight in the eye.
Dress Code
Quite formal. Dark suit.
Sober clothing for women.
Visiting Cards
Business cards are given out with no particular protocol.
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