Photo courtesy of Artteas
Far Eastern Tea in the Middle East
If you would like to learn your oolong from your pu-erh, spend some time in the Zen-like Artteas shop inside Abu Dhabi's Central Market. They carry more than 180 teas from Asia, plus beautifully crafted glass, porcelain, and stoneware pots and cups (and they'd be happy to tell you which material works best with which tea). Don't expect tea bags or mass-produced stuff here, the shop and staff are dedicated to the art of loose-leaf tea and making the perfect cup.
By Meg Nesterov, AFAR Local Expert
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