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How to dress for a business meeting in Pakistan?


How to greet or address a professional in Pakistan?

  • Spend a decent amount of time greeting people to let them know of your sincerity towards them.
  • As- salaam-o-Alaikum is a common greeting used which means ‘Peace be unto you’. You can also ask general statements like ‘How are you?’, ‘How is your family?’etc.
  • Men greet each other by a handshake followed by a hug. Women typically hug each other only.
  • There is usually no physical contact between people of different genders. However, it is acceptable to receive handshakes from women if they initiate it.


What is the etiquette for a business meeting in Pakistan?

  • One should seek prior appointments with companies in writing, especially if it is a government owned enterprise.
  • The best time for a meeting is early afternoon or late in the morning. Also, be careful not to take appointments during the month of Ramadan when they fast and there are less work hours.
  • Arrive on time to meetings even if the Pakistanis don’t. However, Pakistanis who have experience of working with MNCs may be punctual.
  • There are instances when meetings get cancelled without prior notice.
  • Even when meetings are in motion, people may come into the room and start discussing altogether different topics.
  • Meetings take place in a formal manner.
  • Initial meetings constitute of light-hearted talk about family and health. However, refrain from enquiring about a person’s female relatives.
  • Talks about business may not initialize even after the first few couple of meetings in order to establish a good relationship.
  • It is important to look into the person’s eyes directly while talking.


What is the proper way to communicate in Pakistan?

  • Be conscious of the power positioning prevalent and communicate with people accordingly.
  • Be extremely social with your colleagues as they trust people only when they know them well and a positive relationship has been established.
  • Be clear and transparent while talking. This helps build up trust.
  • Refrain from asking questions for which the answer will be ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Instead, frame them in such a way that they become open-ended.
  • Take the context and the other person’s behaviour in consideration while talking as Pakistani’s are indirect communicators.
  • Refrain from getting people into situations where they will be embarrassed.


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Last update on February 2, 11:28 am by Nidhi S.