Etiquette for Greetings and Business Cards
As we do business in other countries and as we receive businesspeople from other countries in our American offices, it is important to know how to greet people and how to present our business cards. The greeting is the beginning of the business interaction; if it goes well, we create a positive impression that will serve as a foundation for our business discussions.
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Waalaikum assalaam (And peace be upon you). Men may shake hands; however, remember that you should not shake hands, kiss, or embrace a member of the opposite sex.
You can see how easy it could be to insult someone or embarrass yourself as you meet and greet people. Please do your homework before you travel. Prepare your business cards and study the customs. We want to build relationships based upon respect for other cultures.