At the swanky new Ritz-Carlton hotel in Abu Dhabi, patrons can order milkshakes in flavors like strawberry and mint -- all with one very Middle Eastern twist. The milk in these shakes isn't from a cow, it's from a camel.
Mohammad Daoud, the hotel's camel milk mixologist (yes, that's really his title), dreamed up the drinks in honor of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The holiday, which starts this week, involves day-long fasting.
“I wanted to create something special for the upcoming Holy Month of Ramadan," Daoud said in a press release. "Because camel milk has a high level of protein and additional nutrients, it’s an excellent beverage to consume during Sohour, the meal taken prior to sunrise for Muslims fasting during Ramadan."
Milk from camels is lower in fat than that from cows, but reportedly higher in vitamins and minerals. Those who are lactose-intolerant can drink it.
In 2010, European Union regulators cleared the United Arab Emirates to become the world's first major exporter of camel milk.
Here's Daoud posing with one of his signature creations: