Saj or toubi, as it is sometimes called in the UAE, is an important tool in the traditional Emirati home. It is a single piece of iron or aluminium that comes in different sizes and according to preference. It is usually circular with a diameter of 45 cm, and a thickness of around 1 cm. The saj may also include handles that are made of the same raw material, which makes it easy to carry and move from one place to another. Saj is specifically built for making raqaq bread, which is a traditional Emirati dish, consumed especially in Ramadan as well as winter.
Stones are usually placed over the saj that raise it above the level of the stove and the materials used to start the fire until the saj heats up. When making raqaq bread, the special raqaq dough is prepared, then placed on the saj and levelled with a small piece of wood or with the palm of the hand until the bread is cooked. It is eaten fresh and is also used in the preparation of many popular dishes.