In Arab culture, what exactly is a majlis?

I've read that during Ramadan, after iftar, men may retreat to the majlis to drink a cup of coffee or smoke a shisha pipe. Majlis is defined as 'a traditional meeting place'. But what does this mean? Is a majlis a cafe, a tent, or what? Where would you find such a place? Dubai? Riyadh? And is it true... show more I've read that during Ramadan, after iftar, men may retreat to the majlis to drink a cup of coffee or smoke a shisha pipe. Majlis is defined as 'a traditional meeting place'. But what does this mean? Is a majlis a cafe, a tent, or what? Where would you find such a place? Dubai? Riyadh? And is it true that men gather there after iftar?
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