This weekend in Dubai will see a mass exodus of people escaping from the searing summer heat to cooler climes around the world. Not only do the kids break up from school but it’s also Eid Al Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan so a double whammy. Whilst some will just be opting for a short break to take account of the public holiday, many will be leaving for a good month or more to get some respite from the soaring temperatures.
In most parts of the world summer is something to be celebrated and is actively looked forward to for most of the winter and it’s passing is sadly mourned. In the Gulf, summer is something to be dreaded, with many a comment uttered by residents along the lines ‘make the most of it, summer will be here before you know it’. That’s because with daytime temps sometimes hitting 50 and always hitting the low 40’s it’s incredibly hot and unbearable outside and even at night, when it often only drops to the low 30s which is not at all pleasant.
While many parts of the world eagerly await the arrival of summer after months of cold and rainy winter weather, in the UAE we dread it. We are like characters from a reverse Game of Thrones, muttering darkly to each other ‘Summer is Coming’ during the last few weeks of winter. Temperatures here often hit 45+ degrees centigrade and during August and September humidity levels are extreme. In short, summers are miserable. We’re confined to indoors for the most part, venturing out only in the very early mornings and very late evenings if at all. I don’t even bother going outside from late June to late September unless it’s to be fully submerged in the pool with a cool beverage (see above pic) or when I’m running from air conditioned car to air conditioned buildings. As a result many of us Dubai inhabitants suffer greatly from cabin fever. Here are my tips on how to cling on to your sanity during these crazy hot months.