10 ways to beat the heat this summer
Think there’s nothing to do in the UAE over summer? Think again.EDGAR staff July 2, 2014
The temperature has risen to ridiculous heights; the country is in the grip of sunglasses-steaming humidity; expat wives have left on mass; and the nightclub closing parties are nothing but a distant memory.
That can mean only one thing: the summer is here and there's nothing to do, right? Wrong. Summer may well be here and it may well be boiling hot and humid, but there's still plenty to do for those staying in the UAE.
Here are our favourite ways to beat the heat this summer:
1. Get out early
Who says the beach should be out of bounds just because it's a bit warm outside? If you head out early enough, you might be able to catch the temperature while it's still under 30 degrees.
Half an hour's jogging or a quick swim in the sea should be more than manageable in that kind of heat, and you'll get all the benefits of the fresh air and vitamin D from the sun's rays. Just make sure to wear sunscreen - the boiled lobster look is not one we approve of.
2. If you can't take the heat, play an indoor sport
Not everyone is an early riser, and going outside to exercise anywhere near the middle of the day when the temperature is at its highest and the sun at its most powerful is not advisable.
But if you can't get out of bed on time then all is not lost, because there are plenty of indoor sports that can be played whenever you like. Five-a-side football, squash, badminton - they're all widely available in Dubai. And if none of those are your bag then there's always the solace of your air-conditioned gym.
Being stuck inside all summer long, a slave to the air conditioning, can become rather depressing. But going out for a long drive is the perfect way to feed your wanderlust without leaving the comfortable confines of your car's plush cabin.
Head out towards Jebel Hafeet for some great driving roads, with stunning mountain views and tight hairpin bends that will test your skills to the limit. Or if you want an even bigger adrenaline rush, then let some air out of the tyres of your 4x4 and hit the dunes.
4. Learn a new language
You've always been telling yourself you should get around to doing it but have never had the time. Now is the perfect opportunity. There are plenty of great online courses that'll get you up to a decent level reasonably quickly.
Just think how handy it will be to know what your colleagues are saying over their lunch break while they think you don't understand.
5. Pamper yourself
We've said it before and we'll say it again: there's absolutely nothing wrong with men going to spas. Dubai is blessed with some of the best spas in the world - places where rest and relaxation are perquisites - so take advantage of it and check yourself in for some pampering.
Whether you go for a massage or a facial - or if you're still concerned about appearing manly then a proper gentlemen's shave - a nice treatment is a great way to spend a lazy weekend afternoon.
6. Retail therapy
I know we may be beginning to sound a bit Sex in the City here, but we're not talking about going shopping for handbags and high heels. Watch shopping, being fitted for a suit, or even test-driving a potential new motor is more what we're thinking of.
7. Catch up on amazing TV
This one is simple: first of all read our Top 5 lesser-known TV shows you should be watching article, then watch them.
If none of those are your cup of tea then there's always the World Cup, Wimbledon and the Commonwealth Games to keep you entertained.
8. Learn to cook
Not only will learning to cook score you some serious brownie points with your other half, but it'll also mean that you'll suddenly have an endless supply of delicious meals at your fingertips.
Get out and buy yourself a decent set of knives, watch some tutorial videos online and you'll be a regular Gordon Ramsay in no time.
9. If you fail, eat out
OK, so point eight is what would happen in the ideal world, but unfortunately not all of us have the time and patience to persevere with cooking.
If that's you then there's no point in surviving on beans on toast all summer. Luckily we've done all the research for you and rounded up our top 10 Iftars here. And even when Ramadan is over, these places still offer brilliant menus.
10. Go to the cinema
Some would say that we're too excited about the impending release of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For after we first of all drew your attention to the trailer, then named Jessica Alba as our Woman of the Week.
But we say we're just the right amount of exited. The film looks like it will be awesome, so book yourself some VIP seats, get the snacks in and enjoy.