Consumer Behavior Assignment-II
N.R. Institute of Business Management Page 2
Cultural Traits of Saudi Arabia:
Timing hours of work of MNE’s and other businesses are adjusted according to period.
For example, in Ramadan, business is normally done in the evening.
Pork products and alcohol are prohibited in Saudi Arabia. In case if authorities find outany suc
h things, MNE’s stand to lose their working licenses. Individual breaking of
these rules are subject to very harsh punishments.
Saudi Arabian dress strictly follows the principles.
Punishments like beheading or cutting of hands often are done in public and people areforced to watch them so they know the consequences of breaking the rules. Homossexual are beheaded here.
Saudi Arabian people are not very punctual and meetings often start late with respect toscheduled time. They indulge a lot in idle chitchat. European and US people find thisinsulting and wastage of time.
Loans given in Saudi Arabia are interest free as it is considered un-Islamic to chargeinterest.
Most Saudis wear long white thobes. You would be expected to wear a suit.
As is seen in their naming conventions, Saudis are cognizant of their heritage, theirclan, and their extended family, as well as their nuclear family.
Enjoying movies and music in public is not allowed. It is just recently that they havestarted screening movies publicly.
Gifts are a very important part of Saudi culture. Saying no to the gift would meaninsulting them. Also when any eatables or drinks are offered by them, it is considered