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What do women need to consider when doing business in the Middle East/Maghreb?

I am about to make some appointments at several exhibitions in the Middle East (Dubai/Bahrain) and Maghreb (probably Tunis). Does anybody have any experiences what women have to consider which I might not be aware of?

1. dress code for women to be respected when doing business with men
2. guidelines for business dinners/meetings
3. are there any no-gos
4. can I talk about my marital status or talk about other family relations or private issues
5. what are themes that are appropriate to address as a woman to start a conversation

I heard that you need to start with a lot of smalltalk about everything "but" business until you can get to the point, but this is also risky if you mention something that would not be appropriate for an arabic woman.

Thanks for your help!!!

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