The dewaniyah or parlour has existed in Kuwait
since time immemorial. The term originally referred
to the section of a Bedouin tent where the menfolk
and their visitors sat apart from the family. In the old
city of Kuwait it was the reception area where a man
resaved his business colleagues and male guests.
Today the term refers both to a reception hall and
the gathering held in it, and visiting or hosting a
Diwaniyah is an in dispensable feature of a Kuwaiti
man’s social life.
As a social event, adiwaniyah takes place in special
room or annex, which is usually, separate from the
rest of man’s house. Only men are present and they
sit around on soft benches or cushion, conversing
casually, smoking, nibbling snacks and relaxing the
evening, The host’s job is to be hospitable and
entertain his guests, and the reputation of a man
Diwaniyah is one of the prime ways in which he
achieve’ s face.
There are also more formal Diwaniyah, which
specialize in particular interests, such as politics or