Saturday, February 28, 2009


Enough for the cold night and day! It’s now time to lock your winter coats in the drawer. Welcome the summer and have fun with the sea, sand and sun. The winter is over!

The heat of the sun is no surprise in Dubai. As I headed to the office this morning I noticed myself a bit of awkwardness. People were no longer wearing their winter coats as they used to wear every morning. The environment is no longer cold and chilly. These are few signs indicating that summer is approaching. I was aware the climate is changing. A couple of days ago I had a flu. I only have this illness (as I call it) twice in a year – before and after summer.

During summer, Dubai’s temperature reaches to 50-65 degrees. Thirty minutes of exposure under the sun and you will become a grilled potato. That’s how scorching the heat of the sun. According to the studies, to get Vitamin D, a man needs to expose himself to the sunlight from 5-8 o’clock in the morning only. Sunlight after eight is dangerous – you could be dehydrated or suffer from skin disorders.

To stay fit and healthy, I have here simple summer tips for you:

• Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside, and use sunscreen even on cloudy days. The SPF should be at least 15 and protect against UVA and UVB rays. Be sure to apply enough sunscreen - about one ounce per sitting for a young adult. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand as they reflect UV rays and may result in sunburn more quickly.

• The first, and best, line of defense against the sun is covering up. Wear a hat with a three-inch brim or a bill facing forward, sunglasses (look for sunglasses that block 99-100% of ultraviolet rays), and cotton clothing with a tight weave.

• Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours - between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

• Drink up to 8 glasses of water a day.

• Drink plenty of juices.

These are only simple tips. I hope these will help you guys. Enjoy the summer!