When summer comes around to the desert city of Dubai, it’s time to head for the shady and air-conditioned environs. The day temperatures can soar to a skin-burning 47 to 50 degrees Celsius. However, this city has come up with innumerable and clever ways to avoid or beat the heat so you can stay cool.
Here are some ideas and cool attractions that will help you relax and enjoy Dubai through its long summer months -
Wear light cotton clothes and go for the loose fit. It may sound obvious but what you wear helps cope with the heat. Also, when you have to go outside, wear sunglasses, apply sunscreen and carry a hat or cap. Drink lots of water and increase the number of times you shower. These are basic guidelines but a good start in staying cool.
However, it’s not all about getting into survival mode. There are plenty of activities that can be fun while keeping cool. You could hang out at one of Dubai’s many theme parks.
One of the better known parks is the Wild Wadi Water Park right opposite the Burj Al Arab. It has a variety of water slides and features catering for all ages, skills and levels of enthusiasm. Other well-appointed ones are The Dolphin Bay, the Aquaventure Waterpark, Marine Animal Adventures and The Lost Chambers Aquarium. Besides getting up close and friendly with the sharks and stingrays, these parks offer plenty of shade, cool spots and a choice of great food. You could make a day out of a visit to any of these places.
If you really want to chill out, then Dubai has incredible recreations of polar landscapes- the Dubai Ice Rink and the Ski Dubai Snow Park. The rink is located within the Dubai Mall. Here you can learn, practice or hone your skating skills on an Olympic sized rink. You can get classes or participate in disco sessions and show your stuff. You can also take a break at other entertainment features, the many eateries or do some shopping, after all this is one of the world’s largest malls.
Another winter-imported wonderland in Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. The Ski Dubai Snow Park is located within the fabulous Mall Of The Emirates and the temperatures are maintained below freezing point. You can ski, toboggan, bobsled, frolic or indulge in snowball fights with friends and family. There is a Giant Ball run, slides and a colony of Emperor Penguins. There are even snowfalls to keep you in the mood and give you the full Monty winter experience.
Of course the biggest reason people come to Dubai is to shop. Shopping (even if you don’t drop) is one of the best past-times in this emirate. Dubai’s many dazzling malls offer more than just discounts. You can stay cool in the shops, restaurants and entertainment centers within their premises.