I had this discussion with my girlfriends this weekend regarding cabinas or the little private rooms in restaurants. My friend, V, said that when she first arrived in Kuwait, she thought the rooms were quaintly reserved for VIP's so that they could dine in private. Yeah, that's a real nice thought. Only wrong.
Yes, the idea behind the cabina is to allow for families with veiled ladies to dine in private so that no one sees faces. The idea, like many good ideas, was perverted in the 90's to a place you could take your date to have sex. Yes, there I have said it: to have sex. Cabinas were outfitted with solid floor-to-ceiling doors; some which locked from the inside. Unscrupulous restaurant workers would look the other way for a few KD while "immoral activities" took place....
Until the municipality imposed a law dictating that doors could not close all the way. Now, cabinas are supposed to have swinging doors or ones that only have partial privacy.
Of course, the use for cabinas has continued to be for family private dining; as long as you have a few kids in tow, you are good to go and no one lifts an eyebrow (personally, I believe that all screaming kids should be put into cabinas as to not disturbed civilized folk). Unfortunately, if you are a single couple with no children, you are going to draw attention to yourselves walking into or out of a cabina; especially if the restaurant is busy: Ergo the "Walk of Shame".
I can count the number of times I have dined in a cabina during my 16 year life in Kuwait on one hand. I believe #2 was the guy I didn't know well who invited me (then a naiive newbie to Kuwait) to dine in a cabina and proceeded to try to forcibly kiss me during dinner. Ick. (I thought we were there for the food.) Other times were reserved for groups of my friends and I when we wanted to dine in private.
Would I now accept an invitation from a man wanting do dine with me alone in a cabina? Hell to tha no! I find it disrespectful on several levels; first and foremost because I believe that if he doesn't want to be seen with me in public, then he doesn't deserve to be seeing me at all. Second because of the negative connotation (kind of like walking out of a Motel 6 room at lunchtime while adjusting your skirt). Aint gonna happen my friends.
Do any of you have funny cabina stories?