The importance of personal relationships can not be underestimated. Always invest in building trust and rapport. You will notice that Algerians do not leave a great deal of personal space between each other. If someone stands close to you or holds your arm, do not back away.
Preserving honour/reputation is important. Algerians will try to preserve their reputations telling people what they think they want to hear even if it is not the truth. It is important to bear this in mind when communicating with Algerians, i.e. do not cause them to lose face especially in public. Within Algeria, the 'you scratch my back and I scratch yours' mentality works. Try and do favours for people as this will mean they owe you one back.
• Appointments are necessary and should be made as far in advance as possible and confirmed a day or two before the meeting.
• It is best to avoid scheduling meetings during Ramadhan.
• Remember Fridays are a Muslim holiday so most companies will be closed.
• Try to arrive at meetings on time and be prepared to wait. Algerian business people who are accustomed to dealing with international companies often strive to arrive on time, although it is often difficult for them to do so in such a relationship driven culture.
• In general, Algerians have an open-door policy, even during meetings. This means you may experience frequent interruptions. Others may even wander into the room and start a different discussion. You may join in, but do not try to bring the topic back to the original discussion until the new person leaves.
• French and Arabic are generally the language of business, although some companies use English.
• There is no formal ritual surrounding business cards.
• It may be a good idea to have them translated into French or Arabic.
• Always use the right hand to give and receive.