The UAE summer sun is no joke. With temperatures soaring past 40°C, staying safe becomes a top priority.

Here’s a guide on what not to do during the hottest months, along with some UAE-specific suggestions to keep you cool:


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Don’t underestimate the sun’s power

While a tan might look nice, sunburn is a recipe for discomfort and dehydration. Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Look for fabrics with a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating for added sun protection.

Don’t forget the SPF

Sunscreen is non-negotiable. Apply a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher liberally and reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating. Don’t forget areas like your ears, lips, and the tops of your feet.

Don’t skip hydration


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Dehydration is a major risk in extreme heat. Carry a reusable water bottle and sip on cool water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid sugary drinks and excessive caffeine, which can dehydrate you further. Electrolyte-rich beverages can be helpful, especially after sweating a lot.

Don’t push yourself outdoors during peak heat

The UAE offers a vibrant nightlife and a plethora of air-conditioned indoor attractions. Plan outdoor activities for early mornings or evenings when temperatures are milder. Malls, museums,and even indoor ski slopes at Ski Dubai offer cool escapes from the scorching sun.

Don’t leave children or pets in parked cars

This one seems obvious, but even a few minutes in a sweltering car can be deadly.

Don’t ignore heatstroke symptoms

Headache, dizziness, nausea, and excessive sweating are all signs of heatstroke. If you experience them, move to a cool, shaded area, loosen clothing, sip cool water, and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.

Don’t rely solely on air conditioning

While AC is a lifesaver, constantly going from extreme heat to icy-cold interiors can strain your body. Opt for natural ventilation whenever possible and take breaks from the AC to adjust your body temperature gradually.

Don’t forget about your head

A wide-brimmed hat shields your face, neck, and head from the harsh sun. Opt for breathable, lightweight materials like straw or cotton.

Don’t disregard cultural norms

Dress modestly when outdoors, especially in more conservative areas. This will not only keep you cool but also show respect for local customs.

Don’t be afraid to embrace the indoors

The UAE boasts some of the world’s most impressive malls and indoor entertainment complexes. Embrace the air conditioning and explore a myriad of shops, restaurants, theme parks, and cultural attractions that are specifically designed to keep you cool and entertained during the summer months.

By following these simple tips, you can stay safe, prevent heat-related illnesses, and enjoy a pleasant summer in the UAE.

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