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The Carrefour Majlis

Hubby and I were at a mall which is one of the Qatar see-and-be-seen places tonight, not to see nor to be seen, but looking for a special end table. As it turns out, we can probably get it, but not until January. No problem.

AdventureMan wanted to pick up some teas for his office and I needed skim milk so we headed for the Carrefour before leaving.

“Oh! How totally cool!” I said to AdventureMan, “Look! They have provided a tent majlis for guys waiting for their wives to grocery shop!” (A majlis, sometimes called diwaniyya, is a place where people gather – usually men, but not always, sometimes women also gather in a majlis but usually separately from men)


“I think that is one of the Islamic Center places,” AdventureMan said.

On our way out of Carrefour with our purchases, the majlis was packed, and everyone was drinking Arabic coffee in graceful little cups, even one western couple. It is a lovely, hospitable oasis, full of soft surfaces in a hard surface mall.

November 13, 2009 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Community, Cultural, Customer Service, Doha, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Local Lore, Qatar, Shopping | 2 Comments