Wednesday, March 18, 2015

21 Etiquettes to follow while using Elevators in Saudi Arabia

Following some etiquettes while using an elevator is an important topic which many of you might not know. Should one talk to the person accompanying you in elevator or push the buttons or hold the door. Some might be afraid of heights and some may suffer from anxiety because of claustrophobia. Following are some rule you must follow for a comfortable elevator ride. There are some safety rules which we must follow. For example, while boarding the elevator, make sure that the elevator is there. It happened in the office of my friend that the guy entered in the elevator while the elevator was not there. So he reached to the ground floor very quickly.

Etiquettes to follow in Elevators
  1. Wait for boarding by standing towards the right of the elevator. There might be some people who need to exit on that floor so allow them to do that first before boarding. When everyone is off, you can board!
  2. It is the right of the person standing on your right to enter to the elevator first. It is considered very bad manner in Saudi Arabia if you try to enter in Elevator without offering first chance to the person standing at your right. You can use the word “Yameen” for that.
  3. Whether to hold the door or not is a huge debate! There are two options
  4. If there are a lot of people in the elevator don’t hold the door because there is no space already and you are delaying everyone.
    • If you are alone it’s good to hold the door for the person approaching
    • Never hold door for someone who went to restroom of coffee shop
    • When holding the door don’t exceed 15-20 seconds
  5. When the elevator is full, don’t squeeze yourself in it. There is no space obviously so you will just be a source of discomfort for others.
  6. If you are late in approaching the elevator don’t force others to wait for you or get rude. Wait for the elevator to come again patiently.
  7. If you are close to the buttons, push the floor numbers for others.
  8. When you get in, go towards the back especially when you know you will be the last person to leave it. Don’t block other’s way to exit the elevator.
  9. If unintentionally you are close to the door, step out of the elevator on each floor allowing others to exit easily.
  10. When you reach your floor, leave without any delay. If you are at the back ask others in a polite fashion to give you way.
  11. If you just need to climb one or two floors, choose stairs. If it is difficult for you to climb incase of injury, heavy load or leg pain, only then use elevator.
  12. It is not necessary to talk to people in the elevator
  13. If you are with someone, pause your conversation when in elevator.
  14. If it is necessary to talk, do it lightly and don’t discuss personal matters
  15. If the elevator is crowded, give others as much space as you can. Avoid crowding. Stay at a distance from others providing them equal space
  16. Don’t stand in an awkward position. Face the elevator door when standing inside.
  17. While holding objects, keep them low or on the ground for more space, because your legs occupy less space.
  18. End all your conversations when entering the elevator specially cell phone talks as it is quite disturbing for others.
  19. Don’t move unnecessarily. This may touch others, bumping and annoying them. 
  20. Take care of your body hygiene when using elevators on regular bases as it draws attention easily and is noticed by everyone. Avoid bringing smelly food in elevators and never eat.
  21. While coming out of elevator, let the people standing at your right to go out. It is their right and considered very ill if you just jump out of elevator without giving due respect to the people standing at your right.


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