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Cross-cultural differences in the business environment create significant challenges for employees taking assignments across the globe. Cross-cultural differences and challenges thereon are determined by the general distance in practices between the involved cultures. As an illustration, there is a relatively smaller gap in cultural practices among western cultures than in a cross-cultural interaction between Western and Asian cultures. The UAE is located in the Middle East, Asia, with a population that is predominantly Arab. However, the expatriate component of the population grows every year due to the lucrative investment opportunities currently available in the UAE. The most dominant socio-cultural force that shapes the business environment in the UAE is, therefore, the Arab culture that is hugely synonymous with Islamic principles and religion. For a manager from the western socio-cultural setting within the UK, the Arabic and Islamic context is a significant change worth considering due to the distance between the two cultures. Establishing close ties defines business relations in the UAE (Kwintessential n.d, para.1). Religion defines most of the UAE socio-cultural and economic practices to such an extent that nearly every business transaction or decision taken falls within religious scrutiny. The following theoretical insights explain the above cross-cultural issues observed in the UAE business context as explained from an academic perspective. Among the major theories formulated to explain the cross-cultural phenomena include theories by Edward Hall and Mildred Hall as well as those by Geert Hofstede and Fons Trompenaars. In light of Hall and Hall’s postulates, it is clear that the best approach to navigate through cross-cultural challenges is through the simplification of cultural communication and the reduction of possible barriers (Hall 1980, p. 53).
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