What bedouins and desert dwellers have known for centuries? Hot drinks cool you down, and black fabric protects us from the sun. Still skeptical? At the SMCCU, we strive to bust the common myths about the region. With the help of pure science, what we have known from our own experience and traditions is unequivocally proven. Take, for instance, the traditional drink of Emiratis and the GCC, Gahawa Arabia. The Guardian writes, “Imbibing hot liquid can be cooling and warming. If you’re hot, it may warm you up a little, but when it reaches thermosensors in the oesophagus and stomach, these react as though the entire body is as hot as the drink, and turn up the sweat flow so much that, provided your clothing allows it to evaporate, you’ll end up cooler than when you started. Or, at least, this was deemed the most likely explanation for this effect in a study by Anthony Bain at the University of Ottawa’s Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory.”
What about black robes in the desert? This has been far more intriguing to the scientist who study human nature. There have been several published articles about why black is just as good if not better than white for the desert dweller. Add the UV blocking effect that black has and white does not, and you can draw your own conclusions as we have. (refer to the linked articles below). Still not convinced? Then why not visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and listen to our well-informed staff about the Emirati lifestyle and traditional customs that have survived our growth into a modern metropolis. From daily tours and cultural meals, to the Iftar Dinner Events that will being in June 20th during Ramadan, guest are sure to leave with at least a better understanding of local culture through our “Open doors. Open minds.” programs.