This tent is currently on display in one of the shopping malls here in Al Ain City. It is not a typical arabic tent, but a modern and commercialized one. Tent is one of the arabic symbols of hospitality. Visitors and guests will be offered with arabic tea or coffee and dates.
Shisha is a water pipe used for smoking purposes.The tobacco is heated by coals and the smoke is purified and cooled through the water after which it emerges through the the suction tube, from where it is smoked. Flavors can vary from the popular apple, mint, strawberry, rose and apricot to the super cool grapes (according to some of my arabic friends). Most of the arabic restaurants and the modern hotels provide a smoking area. Here in Al Ain City, I have seen it in some restaurants and even in 5-star hotels though I have yet to experience what it is like smoking using a shisha. I hate smoking, but for the purpose of experiencing the arabic shisha, I'll try it one of these days :)
Word of the day: khayma is the arabic word for tent. Salaam to all!