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A firm handshake, lasting a few seconds, is a common form of greeting for business and social situations. Be mindful of religion and culture: Muslim men and women do not shake hands with people of the opposite gender; rather the man places his right hand palm down on the chest above his heart with a slight dip of the head in salute.

When shaking hands, always use your right hand, and ‘pump’ the hand two or three times before you let it go. Ensure that your fingers grip the other person’s palm, otherwise you will crush their fingers. Be careful not to clench in a bone-crushing grip, but do not offer a limp hand. Check that your palms are not sweaty or clammy before shaking hands.

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