How hot is Dubai? Expats find out.

  • September 14, 2018

The imagery that one has about the emirates is that of sand dunes, camels and a large arid area of land. On the other hand, people think of it as all about oil money, duty free shopping, gold souks, glamorous hotels and restaurants with the glitter and glamour of celebrity world. While a majority of it is true, there is so much more to the emirates.

Once a natural harbor, Dubai soon became a successful port. When oil was discovered in the mid-60s, a lot of money went into building the city’s infrastructure such as transportation, telecommunications, schools, hospitals and roads. By early-90s, Dubai planned to become one of the leading tourism destinations of the world and spent well on the tourism infrastructure, which is paying off handsomely till date.

Dubai has incredible hotels, great architecture and world-class entertainment and sporting events. Burj Al Arab hotel presiding over the coastline of Jumeirah beach is the world's only hotel with a seven star rating. Dubai is home to major international sporting events. The Dubai Desert Classic is a major stop on the Professional Golf Association tour. The Dubai Open, an ATP tennis tournament, and the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race, draw thousands every year.        

Dubai also developed plenty of large residential projects that includes apartment buildings and independent housing such as villas and townhouses. Real estate investors around the world rushed in when Dubai announced freehold properties for foreign nationals.

The city also made a slick turn towards developing technology infrastructure to create modern methods of running businesses and government initiatives. A heightened focus on education and healthcare makes Dubai a truly cosmopolitan city with world class facilities for its expats.

One may think, is this what makes Dubai hot? Yes but not exactly. We are literally talking about how Dubai tackles its climatic and weather conditions in terms of laying the infrastructure. Before we expand on that, we needed to give you some background on why this city is so meticulous in its attentiveness to the working class and expats who live there.

In peak summer, around July, the temperature can soar as high as 49 degree Celsius and in the months of December and January, it may go as low as 9 degree Celsius. Although a quarter of the year has bearable weather, it is pretty hot out there with the air being dry. One may easily get dehydrated or have a heat stroke if they don’t prepare well. And if you have done your homework there is really very little to worry about.

It’s just like moving to a freezing cold country! The heaters are in place to beat the cold. Ditto, in Dubai. Except it’s air conditioning all around. Dubai even has sports activities such as skiing and ice skating, albeit within indoors. Many recreational areas are also indoors and with air conditioning. It is built in seamlessly with everything so well, you won’t even know it’s there. Living in Dubai is that easy!

If you haven’t moved to Dubai yet, here’s all you need to know about beating the heat.

  • In Dubai many pools are built with temperature control
  • Outdoor walkways to access public or private transportation are air-conditioned
  • Bus stops in main streets are usually air-conditioned
  • You can haul a cab when you can’t make the short distance walking. The fare is set low for minimum distance.

With everything so well organized and offered on a platter, investing in Dubai’s real estate is a no brainer. The rental yields are also one of the world’s best compared to other leading cities with similar infrastructure. In some of the leading neighborhoods of Dubai, buying a large independent villa makes more sense than buying an apartment for the value it brings. So hurry! Don’t let the heat get the better of you. With Expo 2020 around the corner, it’s worth investing every dollar in Dubai property market.