Etiquette

  • You'll get more respect if you greet people first before getting down to business (asking for directions, making market purchases, etc).
  • The standard greeting country-wide is as salaam alaykum (peace be upon you). The reply is malaykum salaam' (peace with you also).
  • If eating with your hands, use only the right hand – never the left, which is considered unclean. Use the right hand when handing someone money or shaking hands.