It’s hard to argue with the fact that Dubai’s warm climate is a big attraction for many travellers to the emirate. However, there’s also no disputing just how hot it can get in the summer, with temperatures regularly soaring above 40 degrees C at this time of year.
So, just how can you keep your cool if you’re planning to travel to Dubai this summer, aside from pouring cold water over yourself every two minutes? Here are our top tips for dealing with the heat.
This is a pretty obvious point, but an important one. Light, loose cotton clothing is a must during very hot weather. If possible, wear white to deflect some of the sun’s rays away from your body. A hat with a big brim is a good idea if you plan to spend some time out of the shade.
A word of caution: it’s wise to ensure your clothes don’t reveal too much while you’re out and about in Dubai. While the emirate can seem quite liberal compared with other Middle Eastern regions, many of its inhabitants are still pretty religious, so avoid overly short skirts, tight jeans and low-cut tops/dresses when in public places. However, it’s still okay to wear your usual swimwear on the beach or by the pool.
Drinking plenty of water is incredibly important when it’s hot. Always carry a bottle of water with you to make sure you can stay hydrated on the go – it’s a good idea to keep bottles in the hotel freezer, if possible, and then take them out just before you leave so the water will stay reasonably cold after the ice has melted.
On the flipside, it’s best to avoid caffeine and alcohol during warm weather, as they can leave you feeling dehydrated. If you do have a cup of coffee or glass of wine every now and then, be sure to drink some water too to balance things out.
Keep out of the sun
This is another obvious point, but a crucial one if you plan to spend time at the beach during your holiday in Dubai. You don’t have to stay in your hotel all day; instead, try to limit your sunbathing sessions to mornings and late afternoons/early evenings to avoid the sun when it’s at its most scorching.
Of course, there are plenty of things to see and do in Dubai that don’t require you to spend hours out in the summer sun. Dubai is pretty famous for its shopping malls (which are usually air conditioned!), so opt for some retail therapy instead of heading to the beach. Alternatively, the Ski Dubai facility could be perfect for cooling off – this is the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and is unlikely to be particularly warm.
If you really must go outside, stay near the sea or the Dubai Creek to benefit from the cooling effect of the water.
We can’t write a post about staying in cool in Dubai without mentioning the fact that an air-conditioned beach is set to open in the emirate soon.
Yes, you read that right. The Palazzo Versace Dubai will feature a stretch of pleasantly cold sand thanks to underground pipes carrying coolant around the area. Now that sounds like the perfect setting for a sunbathing session to us!