Hello! I'm very pleased to be a new member of this forum. Having raised chickens in the US and the UK, I have decided to try raising chickens at our new home in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The climate here is very harsh. Abu Dhabi is a coastal desert where summer temperatures reach 120 degrees or more with high humidity. In the past we have had Rhode Island Reds and related crosses, but this time we opted for "local Arabic chickens" (not further identified) because they were reported to be more tolerant of the intense heat and harsh climate conditions. I would be very interested to hear from anyone in the region who has experience with raising chickens in a desert - or anyone who might know what breed (or combination of breeds) a "local Arabic chicken" might be. Here is a photo of one of my hens.