Middle Eastern Dining Etiquette

International Dining Etiquette

Southwest Asia and the Asian Arab World for our purposes consists of the following macrocultural groups

The Gulf Arab cultures: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates.

The Levantine cultures: Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel

As all of these countries are highly identified with Islam culturally, with the exception of Israel.

These links will take you to pages with dining etiquette information for the region. Where a particular country's dining etiquette dominates a region, those dining etiquette rules are incorporated by reference with a link to the page with the dominate dining etiquette.

resting knife and fork etiquette

Our resting utensils etiquette section covers the rules (american and continental) for resting your utensils when taking a break from eating, when you are finished eating, and when you are passing food [...]

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