My Dubai Diary: A Free Beach, a total of 4 days experiencing Dubai, that’s too hot to handle.
We explored Jumeirah open beach, the free stretch of sand running the length of Umm Suqeim (known as Kite Beach due to its popularity with the city’s kite-surfers) to Dubai Sailing Club.
At 8am, with the temperature a mere 35 degrees Celsius and stifling humidity, we walked for about 9kms along the wooden walk way and soft, spongy running track, awash with joggers. If I were even to attempt a run along the track I’d definitely start before the sun rises at 5:30am.
As the searing heat drained the last drop of moisture from my body, we caught an air-conditioned taxi back to where we’d started. I’ve never in all my life appreciated air-conditioning. Even during Durban’s summers I’d refrain from sleeping in air-conditioning and settle for a fan. But not here… Not even if one paid me. Should I ever visit again it shall be during their winter, which is around 25 degrees Celsius, a more comfortable temperature indeed!
The rules of the beach included no wearing of swimming gear beyond the sand; male and female changing huts were scattered along the beach; the water, southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, as warm as any tropical island, privately owned villas overlooked the beach with hammocks on the beach sand; groups of volley ball players in action; not a scrap of litter visible; tatty soccer nets were the only untidy bit about the beach…