Shisha, or Hubbly-Bubbly
There are no bars in Saudi; there’s no (legal) consumption of alcohol. But there is shisha, AKA “hubbly-bubbly” which is what men do instead of going to the bar. Women not allowed, but they certainly are on the minds and a part of the discussion over an evening of smoking, eating dates, drinking coffee and tea, and then having a grand meal. It’s like having beers with the guys, with all the laughs, bad jokes and silliness that we boys enjoy but without the alcohol sloppiness.