I once had some visitors from Japan and Saudi Arabia. At the end of the trip I presented each of them with a bottle of single malt whisky. There was a stunned silence and all three stepped quickly into the car that would take them to the airport. I had just committed a double whammy. Giving the same gift to a senior executive and his junior assistant is considered disrespectful in Japan, whilst giving alcohol at all to my Arab guest was unwittingly an insult.
The next time I did … Continue reading