In nomadic society, desert travellers were always welcome to share food and drink. This tradition is deeply ingrained in Qatari culture and the serving of Arabic coffee and dates to welcome visitors remains a symbolic expression of this hospitality. In traditional settings and at celebrations such as weddings, the age-old practice of communal dining is still followed and meal times are characterized both by the unfailing generosity of the host and the informality and warmth of the conversations that flourish over the shared feast.

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