Time for my obligatory summertime post about the relentless soaring temperatures. We were pretty lucky with a relatively mild May and June, but July is here to let us know it is indeed summer in the desert. The sun is so intense it makes you wince. It redefines your experience with heat, even if you come from a hot place like I do.

In Dubai, the intensity of the summer heat means…

you’ll fry your feet when using the garden hose because the water comes out piping hot and it stays that way

the pool water might be too hot for your baby

the heat index surpasses 120F (50C) by 8:00 am

sweat will drip down your cheek within 5 seconds of stepping outside

aging is accelerated on super speed

100F (38F) feels refreshing

you don’t need a water heater because even when your faucet is set to cold, your shower is hot enough

shirts and heads are more wet than dry

hitting triple digits (38C) before 7 a.m.

you’ll crank up the air conditioning in the car well before getting in

you’ll curse your children’s car seat buckles that suddenly seem to take ages to fasten

never getting below 90F (32C) even in the middle of the night

many expats leave the city and head back to their home country.

people will find creative ways to shield themselves from the sun (non-hijab wearing women suddenly walk down the street with scarves completely covering their faces)

you’ll wonder how the laborers and gardeners persevere, especially during Ramadan

every conversation with friends, acquaintances and strangers alike will probably begin with a reference to the weather

you’ll spend an inordinate amount of time trying to find the closest or most shaded parking spot

I know my friends and family in Texas can relate to many of these. The only thing that is better here than summers in Texas is there are no mosquitos. Thank goodness for that!

How many more days are there until November? That’s when we’ll start seeing some decent temperatures again…


About Lynda

Longhorns and Camels is a blog about exploring Dubai from the perspective of an expat from Texas. It features stories about living in Dubai including descriptions of local culture and popular activities in the region. It also includes photography of the UAE and other countries abroad. It has been recommended by several well-known guides for expatriates: InterNations, ExpatWoman and Expat Focus.
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22 Responses to Summer

  1. Okay, okay… I’ll stop whining about our Houston heat now. πŸ™‚

  2. Oh so much to look forward to…glad we are coming in January…do you go home at all in the summer?

  3. Judy says:

    Even though I’ve been gone 4 years, I still instinctively walk on the shady side of the street!

  4. whoa!! that’s hot!

  5. safia says:

    Is it just my imagination or is it way hotter this year? Ireland beckons – we’re off on Monday. Enjoy your holiday too. PS: the child seat belt point – so true!

  6. sarahhedonista says:

    And don’t you love it how yahoo weather stats say the average daily max temp in July and August is 39C? Liars. We’re not escaping until late July this year, so another couple of weeks to battle. And considering there’s not much to do but shop and eat in summer in Dubai, and it’s Ramadan, I’m doing a lot of spending. Got a cupboard like Imelda Marcos. Bloody Level Shoe in Dubai mall to blame…

    • Yeah – what’s up with that?? I agree – retail therapy is helpful in dealing with the weather – especially during Ramadan. I always find that traveling is a good excuse to buy some things so I’m sure your shoes will be needed on your trip – totally justifiable πŸ™‚

  7. DebbieT says:

    Walking on the shady side… yup. I certainly recognize that. This is my first middle eastern summer… and holy mother of all – it is scorching. Thanks for the recap…. it helps those not here to sort of understand.

    • I always wondered – does hot feel hotter after 100 degrees? Umm – the answer is yes πŸ™‚ It’s hard to imagine before you experience it – I tried to list some ways to describe the way it feels but it’s difficult!

  8. diana says:

    the 8AM heat index freaks me out!

    • I wanted to walk to the store the other morning and H who had already been outside said ‘no way – don’t even TRY it!’ So I checked the weather… Needless to say we didn’t go. πŸ˜‰

  9. Laura says:

    Wow! That’s intense, especially the part about nighttime temps and water being so hot regardless of whether it’s from H or C! Or the hose!

    • Exactly! That’s the worst part – There’s never ever a break whereas in Texas at least you can count on a bearable night time (sometimes they are even pleasant!) or you can go for an early morning walk. πŸ˜’

  10. Whew, and I thought it was hot here in Georgia USA! You’ve definitely got us waaaay beat! But when we lived in Khartoum, Sudan our temps were just like yours. Let the November countdown begin! ~Terri

  11. munchow says:

    I usually enjoy heat and warm summer, since we don’t get it too often where I live. But 117 degrees – that would be even too much for me. It’s hard to imagine working or even breathing when it’s so hot. Stay cool!

  12. Marthafied says:

    It does not cool down until November?!? Amazing… I hope you have air conditioning….lol…. And I was complaining about our 34 degrees…. will never complain again….lol

    • That’s the good news – air conditioning is certainly not in short supply. It’s like Houston in that you should probably bring a cardigan around because it can get quite chilly inside malls, grocery stores, etc.

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