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Dokha Tobacco: An In-Depth Guide to Arabic Tobacco and Medwakh Pipes

February 23, 2023

An In-Depth Guide to Arabic Tobacco and Medwakh Pipes

An In-Depth Guide to Arabic Tobacco and Medwakh Pipes helps answer some of the varied questions our customers ask us from time to time.  Although you may already be familiar with the terminology surrounding the experience of smoking Dokha Arabic tobacco, it doesn’t do any harm in repeating some of the terms.  High on the list of terms used would be the expression “I love the BUZZ that smoking Dokha gives me”.

The term Dokha, or Dooka as it’s colloquially known, is translated into English as the word ‘dizzy’.  We always advise that if you are a beginner to smoking Dokha that you sit down while smoking it, and most definitely you should not be operating machinery or driving while doing so.

In this article, we will explore everything you need to know about Dokha tobacco, Medwakh pipes and why they are becoming so popular.

What is Dokha Tobacco?

Dokha is a natural and pure Arabic tobacco which is grown in the mountainous regions of the UAE and across the Middle East.  Its origins date back to the 14th century when Shepherds tended their flocks.  The Shepherds fashioned their smoking implements from various animal bones and woods which were readily available.  Of course these implements became known as the humble Medwakh pipe (sometimes spelled Midwakh).  Over the years the pastime of smoking tobacco leaves in a small bowl was also taken up by Sailors who brought the experience further West.  Centuries on and the trend was quickly taken up by the higher echelons of society, especially those who travelled far from their homeland.  As they travelled further afield the trend followed so now Dokha is widely available across the globe.

Traditionally the Dokha tobacco leaves are gently removed from the stems of the tobacco plant and graded.  The leaves are subsequently dried in barn-like structures which shade the leaves from the extreme sunlight.  Once they are completely dried they are then finely ground into fine flakes, bottled and packaged and sold around the world.

There are some suppliers, particularly in the Middle East, that sell blends of Dokha tobacco mixed with different herbs and spices to create different blends that offer unique flavours.  Unfortunately, most Governments around the world have banned this practice, as they perceive that the addition of herbs and spices to enhance the flavour of the tobacco could appeal to a younger audience, who would otherwise not take up smoking traditional tobacco products.

Enjoy Dokha can categorically say that there is nothing added and nothing taken away from the original aromatic tobacco leaf that is used in the production of all of the Dokha that we sell.

The name Dokha is also synonymous with the term “dakha,” which means “to hit.” Dokha tobacco is known for its higher nicotine content, which is produced by growing the tobacco in sandy soils with low water content. This environment forces the tobacco to produce more nicotine to protect itself from insects and other pests.

Dokha tobacco is also known for its quick burn, which means that it burns faster than other types of tobacco. This feature makes it an excellent choice for those who want a quick hit of nicotine without having to smoke for an extended period of time – if you smoked a cigarette, for example.  The main reason for this, is the absence of chemicals controlling the burn rate that is often found with other types of tobacco.

Medwakh Pipes

Medwakh pipes are traditional Arabic smoking pipes that are commonly used to smoke dokha tobacco. The pipes are usually made from wood and are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The pipe has a long, slender stem, and a bowl at the end where the tobacco is placed.

Medwakh pipes are known for their simplicity and elegance. The design of the pipe is relatively basic, with a stem and a bowl, but this simplicity adds to the appeal of the pipe. The pipe’s small size also makes it very portable, allowing users to take it with them wherever they go.

Why is Dokha Tobacco becoming so Popular?

Dokha tobacco is becoming increasingly popular for several reasons. Firstly, the tobacco offers a unique smoking experience that is not available with other tobacco products. The higher nicotine content and quick burn mean that you can get a quick hit of nicotine without having to smoke for an extended period.

Secondly, Dokha tobacco is an organic alternative to cigarettes. The tobacco is not processed, and it does not contain any additives or chemicals. This makes it a more natural choice for those who want a cleaner smoke.

Thirdly, Dokha tobacco is of great cultural significance. The use of Medwakh pipes and Dokha tobacco is deeply rooted in Arabic culture, and the popularity of these products is helping to spread awareness of this culture in the West.

Dokha tobacco is also gaining popularity due to the variety of flavours that can be produced. There are many different blends of Dokha tobacco available, ranging from light to hot, each with a unique flavour and smoking experience. Apart from Enjoy Dokha’s own ‘House Blends’, there are other similarly popular blends which include iconic brands such as Fadayee from the Abu Mohammed stable, Yousef Redha and Scorpion which have various strengths of blends that offer a robust smoking experience. There is a Dokha blend for everyone, no matter what your taste may be.

An even better reason for the increased popularity of  smoking Dokha vs cigarettes, for example, is that it is more cost-effective, doesn’t contaminate your clothing and there are no ‘butts’..!


In conclusion, Dokha tobacco and Medwakh pipes are becoming increasingly popular in the West because the tobacco offers a unique smoking experience that is not available with many other tobacco products, and offers an organic alternative to cigarettes. The cultural significance of these products is also helping to spread awareness of Arabic culture in the West. If you are a lover of tobacco products, and already smoke, then Dokha tobacco and Medwakh pipes are definitely worth trying out.


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