New traditions in Middle Eastern hospitality

Sharon Brownie

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A lavish platter of sweets is offered to guests at an event in the Middle East. The tradition of hospitality is deeply valued among Arab populations, whose roots are embedded in a harsh landscape where travellers were infrequent and human contact was precious. Nowadays this rich history translates to new forms of hospitality where traditional food such as coffee, camel milk, and dates are replaced by creatively presented arrays of energy-dense sweets. Generous volumes of such treats are gifted or offered on every celebratory and many regular occasions—births, marriages, birthdays, and as gifts for hospital inpatients—posing a substantial public health challenge to the modern Arab world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-304
Number of pages1
JournalThe Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015


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