Qatar is a country full of fascinating things to enjoy, and one of them is for visitors to learn about the local culture and do the majlis experience! It is a great way to learn about Qatari warmth and hospitality.
Majlis in the Arabic language means a 'place of sitting'. It forms one of the main parts of the Qatari culture and can be a place for formal or informal social gatherings. In a majlis, people come together to discuss or celebrate special occasions.
In Qatar, it is common to see a majlis as a separate area next to the house or an adjacent room with a separate entrance. For special occasions, tents are erected near the house to host more people. The majlises are also usually segregated for men and women.
During the gatherings in a majlis, gahwa (Arabic coffee) is served. This can be followed by the serving of dates.
The ILoveqatar.net (ILQ) team has listed a few places in Qatar where you can experience what a typical majlis looks like, what happens there and even enjoy some delicious gahwa! Let's go!
Please note the prices and timings mentioned are subject to change, do contact the tour operator before booking.
Murex Qatar Tours is set to take you on a memorable majlis experience at Souq Waqif. They will introduce the group to the Qatari culture, with explanations behind the coffee and dates that are served. You can also dress up in thobes and abayas if you would like, which will be arranged by them at your request.
Arabian Adventures Qatar provides the majlis experience as part of their desert safari experience. While you're enjoying dune bashing, camel riding, quad biking, or playing beach volleyball, you can also take respite in one of the oldest Arabian tents (as per the tour operator, it's been there since 1987) in Qatar. You're also provided with refreshments here.
Also called the Fanar Center, the Abdulla Bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center regularly conducts courses and cultural activities. They conduct monthly cultural sessions that help visitors learn about the different aspects of Qatari culture. Do keep a tab on their social media channels for the next majlis session!
Heenat Salma Farm is an excellent place for visitors to learn about Qatari culture, hospitality and more. They conduct regular and seasonal workshops like sadu weaving, pottery making, traditional crafts program, etc. They also arrange for traditional majlis experiences as per request. You can enjoy a breezy evening by the bonfire, where you will be served traditional coffee and other refreshments. Do call them to check the latest offerings and customizations that are available.
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