Tea Culture and Tea Traditions of Middle East
Tea Drinking Culture
in the Middle East
Arabic Tea, popularly called Shay Arabai - the word used around the Arabic world with variations (çay in Turkey, Chai in Iraq) - is the lifeblood of all Arabs. Even though identified in one word as the “Middle East”, the countries under this title are home to a diverse set of people from different cultural backgrounds. Nevertheless every Omani, Moroccan, Egyptian, and Afghan have one thing in common: Tea. It had been a central presence in the ancient society and still continues to be today.