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Throughout the world many different cultures exist in many different countries It is important to be aware of the many diverse cultures and customs of these countries when visiting them or conducting business with people within them Because of these vast cultural differences especially involving communication it is very easy to offend someone without even knowing it In regards to communication it is important to be aware of the customs of the country or countries you are interacting with More specifically Middle Eastern customs are especially different from ours in the United States If someone were to visit Atlanta from the Middle East it would be important to be familiar with the way they communicate as to not end up in uncomfortable situations for you and your guest When exploring these differences it is necessary to first get an idea of how Americans are generally perceived by the foreign world To many around the world Americans are friendly outgoing and less reserved We are also perceived to be obnoxious self centered loud and arrogant Many countries around the world are also much more formal in the way they carry themselves in every-day situations We are considered to be the exact opposite Being very informal seems to be a quality that many foreigners seem to think Americans possess Whether or not these qualities about Americans are true is really not the point This is a general perception acquired by many around the world for better or for worse Therefore in order to gain a better understanding of other cultures it is necessary to keep in mind the qualities that are believed to be portrayed by ourselves Once it is understood how we are perceived you need to look at the customs of the person who is visiting Specifically speaking if someone from Saudi Arabia were to visit Atlanta you would need to explore their culture Saudi Arabia like most countries in the Middle East believe
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