The last piece of the puzzle is Dubai’s geography. Because it’s so expansive, Dubai is split up into three types of terrain: coast, desert, and mountain.
The coast includes areas like Jumeirah, Deira, and more generally, the waterfront along the Persian Gulf and Dubai Creek. Though the ocean is often seen as a moderating influence on extreme temperatures, this isn’t the case in Dubai. If anything, the coast is more humid, heavy, and hot in the summers, which can make the beach that much more enjoyable.
The next region is the mountains, specifically the Al Hajar Mountains that lie between Dubai and the neighboring Sultanate of Oman. Herds of goats, camels, and donkeys patrol this overgrazed terrain, known for its endangered wildlife and scenic vistas.
Between the mountains and the coast, however, lies the desert–perhaps the best place to go if you’re sensitive to high temperatures. The desert is often 7-10 degrees cooler than the city limits in the evenings, and much less humid than the coast. Rainfall is (unsurprisingly) scarce in the desert, making for a dry heat that is much more bearable than the oppressive humidity of the coast.
This area is where Platinum Heritage runs our safaris, in the vast deserts sandwiched between urban Dubai city and green Al Ain. We take every effort to ensure guest comfort, especially in the face of high (and low) temperatures. Enjoy desert safaris in comfortable temperatures all year around.
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