A multicultural business environment : Brussels (What about food? (Sweet…
A multicultural business environment : Brussels
Different places and monuments
The Royal place
The Royal Palace of Brussels is the King’s administrative residence and main workplace, where he works daily with his staff. In his office at the Brussels palace, the King receives the representatives of political institutions, foreign guests (heads of state, ambassadors) and other guests.
The Atomium, symbol of Brussels and Belgium, is an international tourist attraction. This unique piece of architecture, created on the occasion of the World Fair of Brussels in 1958, became the most popular monument of the capital of Europe.
There is the most cultural place in Brussels. There are a lot of activities like Bars, Pub, Restaurants, etc.
There is the famous
. It's the symbol of Belgium. It is surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices, the city's Town Hall, and the Breadhouse (French: Maison du Roi) building containing the Museum of the City of Brussels.
The New street
Rue Neuve (in French) is a pedestrian street in Brussels' city center. It is the second most popular shopping area in Belgium by number of shoppers, after Meir in Antwerp.
The street used to be called rue Notre-Dame/Onze-Lieve-Vrouwstraat, after the Church of Our Lady of Finistere, which is now in the middle of the retail district. It has been a centre of commercial activity since at least the end of 19th century, and was known as a centre of luxury shopping early twentieth century. The street was pedestrianised in 1975.
The Sainte Catherine place
The vibrant Sainte Catherine is a must-see area of Brussels — a well-suited match of old style and new vibes. Located just a stone’s throw from the Grand Place, it is a paradise for seafood lovers and for those who are looking for a lively and alternative spot in the heart of the Belgian capital.
Sainte Catherine’s Church
Walk Around The Quais
Spot The Tour Noire
Visit The Enchanted Christmas Markets (only at Christmas)
Working in Brussels
Office hours are usually Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. By law, workers cannot usually work more than 38 hours per week, and more than eight hours a day.
Bilingual work environment
German, French and Flemish are the official languages of business in Belgium and the language used will vary according to location
Business dress: Business attire is formal, smart and conservative. Belgians take appearances seriously and are known to be stylish.
When greeting a Belgian businessperson, a handshake is appropriate for both men and women. Cheek kissing is reserved for friends and usually doesn’t take place between men
Gift giving is not generally a part of local business culture, and usually takes place between close associates on a more personal level. If someone does receive a gift, it is usually opened in the presence of the giver
Men and women are treated equally in business
**Dos and don’ts of business in Belgium
Do be willing to compromise as it is a quintessentially Belgian value
Don’t be late. Punctuality is important, and lateness is frowned upon.
Do dress well. Belgian businesspeople tend to be stylish.
Don’t discuss personal matters or the cultural divisions in Belgium
Don’t be sloppy. Avoid slouching, yawning and putting hands in pockets.**
The Borlée brothers
The Dardenne brothers
What about food?
Belgian cuisine is widely varied with significant regional variations while also reflecting the cuisines of neighbouring France, Germany and the Netherlands. It is sometimes said that Belgian food is served in the quantity of German cuisine but with the quality of French food.
For a comparatively small country, Belgium produces a very large number of beers in a range of different styles. In fact, it has more distinct types of beer per capita than anywhere else in the world.
On average, Belgians drink 84 litres of beer each year.
Sweet dishes and desserts