Nora Houdaifa

Nora Houdaifa

“Culture shock merely acts as a yarn of curiosity to unravel the cultural beauty hidden on the other side” (Nora Houdaifa)

I am a CULTUREHOLIC living in Dubai. “I belong to no place, belong every place and no place at all” I would love to learn about other cultures while I am sharing mine! Intercultural, cross-cultural training consultant and cultural broker with 20 years of UAE’s experience. In-depth understanding of the complexity of the MENA market and the cultural diversity in Dubai. Diversified professional experience working in Dubai investment and legal service sector. Ability to identify client’s cultural learning needs, develop and implement custom made learning programs. Unique ability as a cultural broker to assist in multi-disciplinary projects navigating complex cultural challenges in the UAE. Excellent communication skills in English and Arabic.


United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia


English, Arabic
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Professional Background

  • Purdue University, Develop Cultural Intelligence (online course)
  • Shanghai International Studies University, Intercultural Communication (online course)
  • Tishreen University, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Marketing
  • Intercultural, Cross-Cultural Training Consultant & Cultural Broker (2017-2019)
  • Legal professional experience (Oct 2011- 2016) Dubai, UAE:
    • Gulf Marketing Group (an Emirati owned holding company with an international business portfolio), Litigation team’s Paralegal and Ethics & Compliance Committee Coordinator
    • Gateley UK LLP (a Dubai Branch of British Law firm), Legal Assistant to Head of Dispute Resolution
    • Aujan Group Holding (a reputed Saudi holding company based in Dubai), In-House Legal Assistant
    • AL Tamimi & Company (one of top 10 UAE local law firm), Legal Secretary at Corporate Commercial Department.
  • Investment Banking professional experience (Jan 2008- May 2011) Dubai, UAE:
    • SHUAA Capital PSC (a premier publicly listed financial services firm, Analyst Client Services & Business Support Sales Department.

Experience as Coach

  • 3-4 years in the UAE

Additional Work Experience

In addition to the experience I had working in the Legal Services and Financial Services fields, I do:

  • Professional interpretation services; Simultaneous, Consecutive & chuchotage (whispering)
  • Cross-cultural negotiations consultancy; consulting multi-cultural negotiating parties to be able to distinguish true disagreements from cultural misperceptions
  • Cross-cultural Human Resources Management; reviewing and assessing internal corporate policies and procedures to enhance effectiveness and offer professional development opportunities to its multi-cultural staff
  • Cultural feasibility study; advising on start-up business in the UAE and relation between the cultural feasibilities and commercial value of new project/ product
  • Design of cultural events & PR strategies
  • Linguistic evaluation of product brand names and marketing campaigns
  • Website and social media translation and localization

What Clients Say About Me

“I had a pleasure to meet Nora during Cross Cultural training she has conducted for us. She has prepared very interesting materials and training program. Moreover, me & my colleagues have been captured with the way she has shared the knowledge on cultural awareness. Nora is very professional in the cross-cultural topics. I wish Nora all the best in future endeavors!”
Participant on cultural awareness training

“Nora is an exquisite, ambitious and talented professional. she is a very strong addition to any business.”
Feedback on cultural interpretation services

“Nora is one of the most professional interpreter I have ever worked with in my career. She is an outstanding facilitator when it comes to cross cultural subjects and transactions. Working with Nora simply means success.”
Feedback on cultural interpretation services

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