If the UAE were to have a national drink, then karak chai (strong tea) would hands-down be proclaimed the beverage of choice. With roots in South Asia, karak chai is a spiced milk tea that has become a staple of Dubai’s nightlife. From the late evenings until the ungodly hours of the morning, cars line up outside Al Satwa's karak cafeterias and the drivers call out to waiters for some tea. Karak chai is not just a drink, it’s a symbol of Dubai’s communities and informal spaces. Find a place that serves karak chai and linger over a cup as you soak up Al Satwa's social vibes—and the intoxicating aroma of the drink.