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Al Majlis

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The Emirati Majlis (literally meaning council or assembly) is part of the social life and manifestations of solidarity and interaction, hospitality customs and habits, and generosity among the people of the UAE.
The Emirati Majlis (literally meaning council or assembly) is part of the social life and manifestations of solidarity and interaction, hospitality customs and habits, and generosity among the people of the UAE. 

It is a tradition for elderly people and sage chieftains to run a guesthouse, which is considered a forum for the people of the tribe and all those who gather therein to discuss the daily affairs and matters of their lives, and relay news and stories. 

These gatherings or guesthouses are called barza according to these specifications. The chieftain is said to be barez if he is sitting in his barza, and each member of the tribe and community is entitled to attend this social forum, to give his point of view on certain matters. The owner of that guesthouse, or Majlis, is responsible for paying all of the expenses of the guesthouse with his own money, although in some cases the tribe members cooperate together to cover these expenses. It is worth mentioning that these reception areas, guesthouses, or councils are common in many Gulf countries, where they are known by different names. In Kuwait they are called Al-Diwaniyah and in Saudi Arabia Majlis, while the Bedouin gathering or council is called Bayt Al-She`r (house of hair). In the UAE, on the other hand, it is called barza, or Al-marms, or Al-mayles (instead of Majlis).

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