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Arabic coffee and
a matter of tradition
Serving or partaking of Arabic coffee in this region has its own customs and knowing them can be helpful.
Arabic coffee is always served in special small cups and traditionally the quantity poured should be enough for two to three sips. Part of the tradition is to drink it immediately.
To have more, the cup is handed back normally and this automatically indicates to the server that you wish to have a refill.
But if youve had enough, then you gently swivel the empty cup from side to side while returning the cup to the server thereby indicating server that you dont want any more.
Another very old custom that is not practiced anymore, is when coffee is first served, the guest may place the cup on the floor. This will tell the host that the guest has come with a request and hopes that the host can fulfill it.
Once that matter has been concluded, the guest should finish drinking his coffee, otherwise it will be a form of an insult.
Bahraini Ghada Al Ansari is a frequent visitor to the island's many Arabic cafés.
Because she loves socialising and meeting new people, she made time in here hectic family/work schedule to study and eventually work as a public relations executive at Gulf Hill and Knowlton.
She counts among her hobbies photography and reading books that "explore the humaan mind". She loves snorkelling and fishing, and promises to one day start diving and clean up the ocean bed!