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Doing business in Saudi Arabia

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As a senior manager in a medium-sized but highly profitable equipment manufacturing organization, I and other senior leaders have decided to partner with another company on several projects of mutual interest. My organization has the financial strength and market strength to join the partnership, and I have negotiated a tentative agreement with the other company. My organization is in Houston, Texas, in the United States, but the company we are partnering with is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The other company has some very valuable products and customers, it has an experienced workforce, and it has great brand recognition.

• What are some of the cultural areas that I need to know more about before I make the partnership of the companies happen? Specifically, what might the comparison and contrasts be in language, religion, forms of address, holidays, other time off, dress, and food?
• I need in put regarding the culture, with particular focus on the business culture, and determine what cultural areas I must address to build a strong working partnership, and discuss how I will address each of them.
• I need ideas in a set of PowerPoint slides intended as a summary for my organization's managers.
• I also need notes in the area of the PowerPoint for my narrative textual information.

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The basic information about doing business with Saudi companies in a PowerPoint format.

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