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The earliest references to drinking coffee come from the Middle East, and cafés and coffee shops still encourage guests to sit, meet friends, and talk to each other while sipping. Abu Dhabi's coffee comes in various forms: sweetened creamy espresso shots, Arab or Turkish coffees, high tea (in hotels), lattes, and cappuccinos. For something a bit different, served piping hot and delicious, try karak, a chai tea.
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