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Beating the Heat in Dubai: 10 Ways to Stay Cool

by Travelbag on 26 November 2014, 11:11AM


There's not much to say about the heat in Dubai that hasn’t been said before. It's hot. Not regular hot, like we might experience during a good British summer, but genuinely scorching hot. At the peak of summer in Dubai, average daytime temperatures are around 40 °C, but have been known to climb up to anywhere between 43-48°C.

So, if you're planning a trip to Dubai, or any of the surrounding Emirates, you must think about the heat. The sensible way to avoid sun burn or heat stroke is to limit the amount of time that you spend in direct sunlight, use plenty of high-factor sun cream, and wear suitable clothing when outdoors. If you follow these simple steps, your holiday to the Middle East should go without a hitch, and you'll come back with a golden tan, as well as lots of brilliant memories.

Andm when you want time out of the sun, you've got plenty of options. Thankfully, lots of public areas have been designed to keep both locals and tourists cool, comfortable and hydrated. As Dubai is a very wealthy place, you'll find that almost all of its indoor shopping malls and districts have state-of-the-art air conditioning, and can act as a source of light relief if you're struggling outside. Think you can stand the heat? Here's our guide to keeping cool in Dubai.


1. Eat small, but often

The bigger the meal, the more energy your body must expend to digest it. In fact, a lot of people find that their appetite disappears in extremely hot weather, and this is the reaction of the body trying to regulate itself. You will feel much happier and more comfortable if you eat small meals, regularly.


2. Cool your veins down

If the heat has you feeling a tad flustered, find a public bathroom, or use the bathroom in your hotel, and run your wrists under a cold tap for five seconds. There is a major vein passing through this part of the body, so the blood will almost instantly cool on contact with cold water.


3. Indulge in spicy food

Whilst this might sound counter intuitive, science has shown that eating spicy food increases circulation and causes perspiration, which cools the body down. If you are bold enough to take on a zinger of a meal, you might just find that you end up feeling surprisingly comfortable later on; once the initial challenge is over with, anyway. Unsure about dining etiquette in Dubai? Read our guide to global etiquette.


4. Avoid cold showers

Once again, you might think that taking a cold shower is a great idea in the scorching heat, but you would be wrong. It is much better to enjoy a lukewarm or even tepid soak before bed because a cold shock to the skin will only cause your body to overproduce heat later.


5. Choose your clothes carefully

If you are holidaying in the Arab Emirates, there is one more than one reason why you should pick your outfits with a little care. It is about both keeping cool and respecting the local customs and culture, so stick with lightweight fabrics that do not cling or stick to the body in the heat. For maximum heat protection, opt for light coloured fabrics.


6. Stay in a hotel with air conditioning

Fortunately, air conditioning really is the norm in Dubai. It is rather unusual to find a hotel without it, anyway. Most hotels in Dubai have at least one swimming pool, a luxury spa, and several top-class restaurants and bars. And, if you think Dubai hotels aren't for families, think again. Find out where you should stay in Dubai with kids.



7. Take a trip to the shopping mall

As we mentioned, the indoor shopping malls and districts in Dubai are all heavily air conditioned. In fact, they are a delight to stroll through in the early morning, just before the crowds make their way in for the afternoon. If you find yourself getting hot under the collar, pop into one of these expertly cooled commercial paradises.


8. Get up early for adventures

If you are planning to embark on a long walk or excursion, try to set off as early as possible. The best time to start a trip is around 7am, because this will give you a good couple of hours before the sun reaches its most powerful point of the afternoon. You should always carry plenty of bottled water, wear sensible shoes and cover exposed parts of the body with high factor sun screen.


9. Splash around at a water park

The Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai is one of the biggest of its kind anywhere in the world. It has the largest water slide outside of North America, so it is perfect for thrill-seekers looking to beat the heat and stay cool, whilst also having a whole heap of fun. It's perfectly fine to wear a bikini at the water park but you must cover up whilst in public spaces.


10. Drink plenty of water

This piece of advice should go without saying really. Without a healthy amount of water you cannot hope to feel at your best. The tap water in Dubai is produced through desalination, so it is generally okay to drink. It does taste very different to the water back home, however, so you might actually prefer to stick to the bottled variety whilst out and about, and relaxing in your hotel room.


For help and advice on planning a trip to Dubai, call our travel experts today. Or, if you're thinking of visiting the City of Gold during Ramadan, read up on our dos and don'ts before you go. 

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