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Arabic Coffee: a symbol of generosity. ©UNESCO 2015
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Arabic Coffee: a symbol of generosity

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Serving Arabic coffee is an important aspect of hospitality in Arab societies. Traditionally prepared in front of house guests by men and women, it is also served by sheikhs and heads of tribes. The beans are roasted, ground with a mortar and pestle then brewed in a pot. The most important or oldest guest is served first. The practice is passed on within families and includes young people visiting the market with their elders to learn how to select beans.

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Place/Country: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar
Series: 2015 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Author/Personalities: Rajah Balakrishnan, director.
Production: Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, producer.
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Rights/Droits: Abou Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority; Saudi Arabia. Ministry of Culture and Information; Oman Ministry of Heritage and Culture; Qatar. Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage

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