The Other Black Gold
Coffee Culture in Abu Dhabi.
It’s official: Caffeine addiction is universal, not least in Abu Dhabi, where rich, aromatic Arabian coffee plays an integral role in the social scene. Roasted from green coffee beans and mixed with a touch of cardamom, clove, or even saffron, coffee in the capital has a distinct scent and taste that has not changed for centuries. For example, in Al Arish, a kitschy Emirati restaurant, serving proper Arabic coffee in the traditional way is taken very seriously. Here, the Arabic cup (finjaan) is always held in the right hand and the flask in the left.
“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”
Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes
Al Arish: Al Meena , next to Fish Market. +971-2-673-2266
Shakespeare & Co.: Multiple locations, including Marina Mall, Theater Road; +971-2-658-2051
Café Arabia: 15th St. between 2nd/Airport Road and 24th/Karamah; +971-2-643-9699