Friday, November 30, 2007

More Saudi Arabia

Between Muslims, the most common greeting is a handshake and the phrase As-Salaamu 'Alaykum (Peace be upon you). Frequently, males will follow up by extending the left hand to each other's right shoulder and kissing the right and left cheeks. The greeting used depends on the individuals' relationship and status in society. When accompanied by a woman wearing a veil, a man normally will not introduce her, and one does not expect to shake hands with her. The term for “Good morning” is Sabah al-Khair, and for “Good evening” it is Mesah al-Khair.

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