body language, Bahrain
In the Arab Gulf men kiss their friends on the cheeks but not women. Women do greet women with kisses on the cheeks but not men. Arabs take pride in their cars and homes. If an Arab man invites you to his home be prepared to have segregated living rooms i.e. one for men and one for women though not always. It is an honor to be invited to a local home to share food with them. Dress appropriately and take some cake, sweets or chocolates for the host. A mezze is served before dinner sort of appetizers with houmus, tabouleh, baba ghanoush, olives, beans and fritters. Local food is mostly rice based which is a staple food, varied with fish, chicken and meat accompanied by with salads. Red tea with sweet desserts and fresh fruit always follows. Its a nice affair with table settings etc very clean and fancy. Traditionally Arabs eat with their fingers but most modern people use knives/forks etc.
never look an arab in the eye. (Serious)
shake hands with right hand only. NEVER refuse an offer of refreshment from an Arab. it is a grave insult.Don't wear tight clothing or shorts etc down the souk unless you like being groped by the men & looked at as something the cat spat out, by the Arab women.
Bahrainis are simple, humble and very polite. They respect others specially foreigners. They are ready to help when they are approached for help. Tourists are welcomed and surly feel at home there.