Non-verbal Communication in the Arab World

  • Category

    History & Culture

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  • Grade Levels

    Lower Primary

  • Author(s)

    Qatar Foundation International

Language and culture are intertwined, which makes non-verbal communication a key aspect in language learning. Not all communication is language-based; people also convey what they’re thinking using gestures, eye contact, and facial expressions. Understanding differences in non-verbal communication is a vital part of building cross-cultural relationships. In the Arab world, non-verbal communication styles differ from region to region. Here are six commonly-used gestures that you may see in the Arab world. Think about the non-verbal communication you use in your life. How do these gestures compare?