I can't think of a more spectacular place to celebrate Ghabga (late evening meal during Ramadan) than to dine with friends at The Gulf Hotel.
The Gulf Hotel Ghabga meal is served with classic Arabian flair... outside in a tent.
But as you can see, this isn't "just any ol' tent"! The tent was sponsored in part by Ford Motor Company and is larger than a football field, which is a feat in its-self. Then add the carpets, chandeliers, lavish lounging areas, perimeter of buffets, raised stage for a band and countless banquet tables, it really is something one must experience while living in Bahrain!
Traditionally the tents are split in two sections: smoking (sheesha) and non-smoking. Sheesha smoke is very sweet, similar to the smell of cotton candy being made so we opted for non-smoking.
The party doesn't even start until 9:30PM (which is pretty late to begin eating dinner but when in Rome, right?)
Our group of 11 from the squadron arrived "fashionably late" at 9:45 and we were some of the FIRST to arrive. By the time we bailed at midnight things were just starting to fire up. After a whole month of late-night feasting like this - how people can be productive at work the following day remains a mystery.
We enjoyed the vast spread, festive atmosphere
and lovely company!