international dining etiquette
Dining in Yemen is a little different, as meals do not constitute the formal hosting events. They typically occur between prayer times, and most conversation occurs before the meal, not during or after.
Dining etiquette for the meal’s end. Typically, after you finish your meal, you get up to wash your hands, and then go into the salon for coffee. If you are in a restaurant, you can summon the waiter by clapping your hands together once or twice.
Dining etiquette for seating. Seating is on cushions along at least three walls [a Yemeni reception room has only one door]. The corners are the honored seats, so don't take one unless it is offered. Apart from that, sit anywhere not already occupied.
- Mike Lininger, Editor, Etiquette Scholar
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