Would you like to set off on a business trip to the Middle East with all your meetings lined up and a set agenda?
Maybe so but in all reality, this is not going to go to plan!
There will be changes in schedules, even at the very last minute due to something urgent cropping up or maybe your client requested to see you for an hour or two but then spontaneously invites you to lunch or dinner, which would be rude to decline but then throws your timings for the next meeting into disarray.
Arab attitude to time is very flexible and polychronic, meaning they don’t view it as linear but more cyclical.
To succeed in this region you therefore have to go with an open attitude towards timings, insert some slack into your schedule if you can and be prepared to adapt in a positive manner.