Arabic tea
Two glasses of Arabic tea
Alternative namesšāy ʿarabiyy
Place of originArab world
Region or stateArab World
Associated cuisineArab cuisine
Serving temperatureHot
Arabic teapot in Morocco

Arabic tea (Arabic: شاي عربي, romanizedšāy ʿarabiyy, (pronounced shay [ʃæiː] , is a variety of hot teas popular throughout the Arab world. It is commonly served to guests and business partners at meetings and social events, and has been drunk by Arab people for centuries.[1][2]

History of Arabic Tea

The history of Middle Eastern Arabic tea began thousands of years ago in ancient China during the Shang Dynasty (1766–1050 BC) when it was first cultivated and discovered. Preferred for its medicinal properties, tea made its way to the Middle East as soon as Arab merchants started travelling the Silk Road. These ambitious traders brought tea back to their own nations as soon as they saw its advantages and appeal. Tea developed from a basic beverage to an essential part of the regional way of life as it became more and more popular across the Middle East.[3]

Arab society

Tea is an important drink in the Arab world and is usually served with breakfast, after lunch, and with dinner. For Arabs, tea denotes hospitality, and is typically served to guests. Tea owes its popularity to its social nature; it is one of the most important aspects of hospitality and business etiquette in Arab culture. Importantly, one should not reject tea when offered, because it may be considered rude.


There are many different types of Arabic tea:

Arabic tea in Libya with peanuts
Maghrebi mint tea in Morocco
black tea in Tunisia


Tea in the Arab world is usually a strong dark mix, similar to the so-called "breakfast tea" served in other parts of the world. Often brewed with sugar and served in long glasses, it can also be made with mint or cardamom, or with a dash of milk. In Yemen, black tea is brewed in water and milk.[11]

See also


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  3. ^ "Food History & Culture". Retrieved 2024-06-13.
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  5. ^ "Chai Babooneh - Chamomile Tea". 25 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Anise Tea (Yansoon) - Taste of Beirut". Taste of Beirut. 24 October 2009.
  7. ^ "11 Promising Benefits of Za'atar | Organic Facts". 2 February 2016.
  8. ^ "The Art of Moroccan Mint Tea and How to Brew It". Organic Authority. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
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  10. ^ "9 Benefits of Cinnamon". Benefits (in Arabic). 16 March 2019.
  11. ^ Yemeni Tea. 05.30.2012.