2005/07/03

The heat

I came here knowing that it would be hot. But it is difficult to describe just what it is like here. And I always have the comfort of knowing the worst is still to come.

I landed in Dubai at about 11:00 PM. After going through customs and collecting my bags, it was nearly midnight before I walked outside. The minute the doors opened to the outside, it was nearly impossible to breathe. To say it was like walking into a sauna doesn't do it justice. The first thought to go through my mind was "maybe I have made a mistake here."

Once we got to Al Ain though, it was much better. It is much drier here than in Dubai (or North Carolina for that matter), and it makes a big difference. It has been over 110 almost every day that I have been here. But unless you are in the direct sunlight or moving around during the worst part of the day (11:00 am to 5:00 pm or so), it really isn't so bad.

But in the direct sunlight it is a different matter. It is impossible to describe just how violent, how brutal the mid-day sun is here. It is almost as if I can feel my skin burning.

I made the mistake of walking around in the middle of the day my first week here. I walked slowly about a mile or so, and by the time I got to where I was going (the mall), my heart was racing and I felt as if I was ready to collapse. So it is good to see that the government has mandated that outdoor workers be given a break from 12:30 to 4:30.

3 comments:

William said...

...mad dogs, Englishmen and Brian...

Bu3askoor said...

Al Ain usually drier than Dubai or Abu Dhabi due to low humidity. But you are out of your mind to attempt that "mile or so" walk :)

I wish you all the best in UAE.

Brn said...

Thanks Bu3askoor,

I am really enjoying the country so far. I have a history of doing stupid stuff like this though. When I first moved to North Carolina, I went jogging in the August heat and almost had to be carried home.