I’ve always looked forward to summer breaks when I was a child. I always get excited with all the fruits that I get to eat during this season, the chance to go to the beach or any water park, going to another province, sleeping in late.. the list of the things I love about summer is endless!
But one thing I don’t fancy about this season is the heat – it’s ironic that the things I love to do happen in summer when the sun’s not so friendly. In short I have a love-hate relationship with summer.
And like fate playing its game on me I moved to Dubai – where summer is the longest and once April comes I start counting the days until it’s November (yes that’s right, it’s still hot in November but it’s not too hot compared to July and August).
Summer in Dubai is really no joke. Imagine yourself walking to work at nine in the morning with a hairdryer at max level pointed at your face. Or going home at seven in the evening and a grilling machine is just right beside you as you walk. Also our showers have boiling water, not the relaxing kind but the scalding kind.
But it’s not so bad, all the buildings here are air-conditioned. You just have to bear a few minutes walking outside to reach the bus or metro station and after that it’s all good. We also have ways on how to shower without getting 3rd degree burns (as they say “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.”) It also makes you disciplined not to go out much and just rest at home because of the heat. The best part is that I don’t have to go to the gym, I can walk at night for a kilometer and I’d be sweating as if I played football.
If there’s a lever I can pull or a switch that I need to press and make it snow in Dubai I would definitely give it a go. But for now, I’m just thankful that I’m comfortably sitting in my desk and enjoying our cold air-conditioned room. I’ll deal with the 40 degree heat once I go out.