Etiquette in Brunei

Brunei is located in Southeast Asia on the island of Borneo and has a population of 415,717 people.

The nation is a unitary Islamic absolute monarchy.

The official language of Brunei is Malay. English is also recognized. There are numerous other languages and local dialects spoken.

Most citizens adhere to Sunni Islam.

The currency of Brunei is the Brunei dollar.

Certain activities are considered taboo or in poor taste. Avoid pointing at people and touching anyone’s head. Don’t use your left hand for either eating or any other action, as the left hand is generally intended for personal hygiene. Public affection is frowned upon, and smoking isn’t permitted indoors or in public transportation.

If you are afforded the great honor of being invited to someone’s home for a meal – a rarity extended to foreigners – consider bringing fruit or high-quality chocolate. Don’t give toy dogs to children and gift nothing that would be non-halal such as gelatin or items made from pigskin.

You should not give gifts in a business setting; it will be viewed as a bribe.

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