Saturday, September 30, 2006

Ramadan tents

I used to enjoy checking out some Ramadan tents every once in a while. Last night, I went to one for the first time this year, and the whole experience was a mess. The tent itself had a thick cloud of smoke lingering in it, from all the shisha and cigarette smoking. It was too hot and humid to sit outside so we had to sit inside the tent, which wasn't very well ventilated either.

The service was crappy. The shishas sucked, and we had to wait 15 minutes for our bill to be settled. The staff was inexperienced and all over the place. It's kind of normal. These people are hired on a temporary basis during the month of Ramadan. I'm sure the experience would have been different had we gone to a shisha place that operates year-round.

But worst of all was when I saw a baby, no more than 6-7 months, in his father's arms. Next to him was the daughter, who couldn't have been more than 3 years old. It was 11PM. What on earth are these kids doing up so late to begin with? They should have been in bed hours ago. Secondly, I highly doubt that the smoky, unhealthy environment of a Ramadan tent is really the ideal place for these children to be. Even I felt bothered by the smoke, so it really makes you wonder what was happening to those children's lungs?

I am really apalled by parenting standards sometimes:

I hate seeing kids bouncing up and down in a car. The should be in car seats.

I hate seeing kids being spanked by their parents.

I hate seeing kids out at night past 9PM (heck, even 9PM is too late for a baby to be out!)

And I definitely hate seeing kids in smoky shisha tents.


neurotic_wife said...

Lol DS, believe it or not in all the years I have been living here, I probably only been to one Ramadan Tent. I hate them. Dont see the point really.

As for the children, well what would you say when parents take kids of 5,6,7 years of age to watch an 18 rated movie??? I mean the guy went upto the man inside the theater and told him to get his kids out but the guy who was local refused. Until he realised after watching some steamy scenes(ofcourse edited just abit)that ist time to take the kids home!!!

moryarti said...

Ramadan tents lost their flair due to over commercialization, over pricing and appalling service levels.

Dubai Sunshine said...

Neurotic wife, welcome to my blog! I love yours and I'm a regular reader :)

I had forgotten about kids going to 18 rated're absolutely right about that too.

Mory, you're right....Ramadan tents are so no fun anymore.

psamtani said...

I agree with everything you say except the spanking bit. Sometimes, kids need a little whoopass... I know I did ;)

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