22.05.2011 - 23.05.2011 39 °C
After Dave leaves for work in the mornings, Hazel usually goes down to the pool about 9:30 for an hour in the sun. That is about all you can take here because of the heat. It is usually about 35 in the mornings rising to about 40 by noon. We have found that recently the humidity has been climbing as well. It wasn’t as humid when we first arrived. Now the humidity is so high that your glasses and cameras immediately fog up when you go outside. One day we noticed that there was a lot of condensation on the outside of our windows. The condensation accumulated to the point that it started running down the windows - it looked a bit like it was raining!
We are now at the time of year when people really avoid being outside. We noticed that the outdoor dining areas are also largely empty in the evenings because of the heat and humidity. These people are innovative though – a number of the outdoor seating areas are being enclosed with plastic – or even glass with tent-like roofing. They have giant outdoor air conditioners blowing cool air at the seating areas. Nonetheless, there are many more people sitting indoors than there were a month ago. Only the die-hard shisha smokers seem to be outside!
Hazel met a nice British woman named Judith at the pool a couple of weeks ago. Judith took Hazel under her wing and took her out on the metro to a lovely local mall – the Ibn Battuta Mall. Ibn Battuta was a famous Moroccan explorer of the 1300s who travelled more widely than any explorer until the modern times. The Mall is divided into the areas that he explored (China, India, Egypt, Tunisia, Andalusia, and Persia) and is decorated that way.
Entrance to the Ibn Battuta Mall and Residences
We went back on the weekend so Dave could visit as well and found a good range of shops from large British stores (Debenhams), a very large hypermarket (Geant) to many others that we recognized (H&M, Starbucks, Columbia). Shopping is truly the #1 indoor sport of Dubai.