Business Culture Insight: Emirati Vs Chinese hosted at SMCCU

FDR_8042The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding was honored to host local leaders from the Chinese business community for an interactive and bridge building dialogue at the centre. Organized by  Lucy Chuang of the Global Sino Consultancy and  sponsored by Shihab Mohammad Shihab Gargash, director of Commercial Bank of Dubai and Gargash Enterprises, Emiratis and the Chinese Business community gathered to talk culture, business, and collaboration in the UAE.  Various traditional Emirati practices and terms were discussed beginning with how Bedouin hosts would accommodate a guest with traditional Gahaweh Arabia, how to conduct a meeting and socialise and the meanings of some commonFDR_8082 arabic terms like wasta and Inshallah, and how to build long-term professional relationships.  On that issue, both  Acting General Manager  of Petrochina International Middle East and Captain Song Wang, chairman of the Chinese Business Council, Wu Qiunan commented in regards to commonalities among the cultures, “When Chinese do business, it’s important for us that we build trust with our partners first, and we honour our word to them.” Qiang LI – Deputy General Manager, Agricultural Bank of China and Yu Tao – President/CEO, China State Construction Corporation were also in attendance at the event.   Lucy Chuang of the Global Sino Consultancy organizer of  the event chose the back drop of the  SMCCU as a perfect atmosphere to showcase authentic Emirati hospitality.


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