Social and Business Etiquette in Algeria (Algiers)
To make the most of a visit to Algeria it is of benefit to have some understanding of the social etiquette and customs of the Algerian people.
- Meeting and greeting in Algeria can be quite a lengthy affair, during which handshakes are exchanged and enquiries are made with regard to family, work, each one’s health and wellbeing and the weather. These social interactions are a way of showing sincere concern for others and serve to cement a relationship
- When meeting Algerian women it is customary to nod and wait to see if they extend a hand for a handshake. It is not considered proper to make prolonged eye contact with women, nor is it proper to ask personal questions.
- Hospitality and food are inextricably linked in an Algerian home and being invited to join the family for a meal is considered an honor. It is highly likely that your host family will be Muslim, so you should bear in mind that you will be required to remove your shoes at the door, and men and women are seated separately for the meal.
- Building personal relationships based on trust and mutual benefit is essential when it comes to doing business in Algeria, as is preserving honor and reputation. Always use your right hand to give and receive business cards, or anything else for that matter.