A Report On The Law Of The Saudi Arabia

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Saudis accord a lot of importance to their heritage and their families are usually large and extended. They take their responsibility towards their family quite seriously and hiring someone they trust for help is very common. Saudi Arabia is one of the most conservative countries in the world and follows a strict patriarchal system. Indeed, women only represent 16% of the workforce and their main duties are towards their families. It is the only country in the world where it is forbidden for a woman to drive, vote or travel anywhere without authorization from a male guardian (father or husband). All of these aspects result in a mediocre gender inequality index rating (135 over 146) and global gender gap index (131st). In addition, women…show more content…
During meetings, women must cover their legs, cleavage and upper arms. Sex segregation is dominant (Purdah: separation of men and women) and public social interactions between men and women are weakly tolerated. For instance, the law forbids showing affection in public. Moreover, most public places have separate entrances for men and women and public transportation, schools, and offices are not integrated. According to Kim’s Model of Intercultural conflict, there are three levels that can lead to conflicts. In this case, since the intermediary level is characterized by a high segregation of opposite sexes in public spaces, and low daily interactions, it results in a high potential of intercultural conflicts between foreign businesswomen and male Saudi citizens. Some actions have been recently taken into consideration in order to ameliorate the situation for women. The latest royal reform of King Abdullah allows women to run as political candidates and vote by 2015. This is a positive initiative that might lead to more equality between both genders in the future. Saudi Arabia is a high context culture. They rely heavily on the context of situations and thus prefer an indirect communication style. They are very concerned with saving face, and this style enables them to do so. Saudis do not like to explicitly say “No” to business deals but will use more ambiguous terms such as “we’ll think about it” or Insh’alla
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