6 things to do before it gets too hot in Dubai
Consider this your springtime hit list…
With temperatures expected to edge into the 30s by the end of this week, Dubai is at its alfresco-loving best right now. So, before the heat of summer kicks in and we all head indoors, here are six things you need to do before it gets too hot in Dubai.
1. Spend a night in the great outdoors
Right now is prime camping weather in Dubai. Whether you want to take one of these new campervans out for a spin, go all Bear Grylls at this Ras Al Khaimah camp, plump for a luxe tented experience at Sonara, or these beautiful Bedouin-style camps, the UAE is brimming with brilliant camping and glamping options.
2. Have lunch at Twiggy
We’re huge fans of the new beachclub-meets-Med-restaurant Twiggy by La Cantine, on the shores of Dubai Creek, but just how this alfresco eatery will weather the Dubai summer is anyone’s guess. Our tip: get in now to enjoy the French Riviera fun, before this open-air stunner gets a bit too much sun.
Twiggy by La Cantine, Park Hyatt Dubai, restaurant daily noon to 1am, beach club daily 9am to sunset. Tel: (04) 602 1105, @twiggydubai
3. Take a hike
The UAE is crisscrossed with hiking trails for all skill levels, traversing wadis and rugged mountain ranges. Before the mercury soars to stay-at-home levels, set out on a guided tour along one of these five hiking trails in the UAE. For more sporting thrills, tick off 13 of the best outdoor activities in the UAE.
4. Visit Salt Camp
The Salt Camp pop-up in DIFC was originally slated to shut up shop on January 30, but it recently extended its tenancy. Visit this brightly coloured confection for top-notch burgers and soft serve creations before it decamps at the end of winter.
Salt Campsite, Gate Avenue, DIFC, daily throughout winter, 12pm to 12am, walk-ins only. @findsalt
5. Dine with your toes in the sand on Palm Jumeirah
You could be forgiven for thinking that West Beach, Palm Jumeirah is the second home for some members of the What’s On team. While the Dubai weather is at is balmy best, visit this photogenic strip of beachfront restaurants and bars for toes-in-the-sand sips as the sun goes down. Team favourites include Koko Bay, Aprons & Hammers and the freshly launched Lucky Fish (above).
6. Join an outdoor yoga class
This month, massively popular event Yogafest is returning to the city for three days of workshops, classes and talks focused on health and well-being. It takes place at Dubai Internet City from March 18 to 20. For other outdoor yoga in Dubai, check out the range of sessions hosted by Core Direction, including classes At The Top of the Burj Khalifa, overlooking the Burj Al Arab, or on the lawn in front of Dubai Opera.