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If the UAE were to have a national drink, then karak chai (strong tea) would hands down be the drink of choice. With roots in South Asia, karak is a spiced milk tea that has become a staple of Dubai’s nightlife—yes, nightlife. In the late evenings until the ungodly hours of the morning, cars used to line up outside Al Satwa's karak cafeterias, the drivers hollering at waiters for some tea. Karak chai is not just a drink, it’s a symbol of Dubai’s communities and informal spaces. The best place to soak up Al Satwa's social vibes—and intoxicating chai aroma —is any place that serves it.