UAE rain shows, ice cream: 5 free things for residents to beat the heat this summer

As temperatures hit a new high yesterday, residents seek some much-needed relief


Poojaraj Maniyeri

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File Photo. Image used for illustrative purposes
File Photo. Image used for illustrative purposes

Published: Wed 10 Jul 2024, 1:09 PM

Last updated: Mon 22 Jul 2024, 7:57 AM

As temperatures continue to soar across the country, the mercury touched a new high of 50.8℃ on July 9. During the scorching season, residents have been warned of heat exhaustion, and doctors have shared tips and precautionary measures to be taken.

The country has in place several initiatives to relieve workers and delivery riders during the hot season. Now, residents seeking some much needed relief can beat the heat with these 5 free things.

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1. Free rain shows

Missing the feeling of cool raindrops hitting your face? Summer is no deterrent for UAE, where rain can be seen in the midst of scorching heat. At Sharjah's Zawaya Walk, you can now go for a stroll in the rain even as temperatures peak in the country.

Bring along an umbrella or go along empty handed. The rain shows are free for all during this summer! The shows take place for 5 minutes each at 1 hour intervals starting 9am between 12pm, and then from 5pm to 11pm.

Photo: Zawaya Walk/Instagram
Photo: Zawaya Walk/Instagram

2. Free ice cream, juices

Nothing says summer like a craving for ice cream.

Exclusively, workers and delivery riders can benefit from the Al Freej fridge where volunteers distribute free icecream, juices and cold water, continuing until August 23.

Until end of July, juice, meals, and other gifts will be distributed to workers in the Al Hamriya area in Sharjah, where 600 workers have already benefited.

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) also distributed free ice cream for everyone in Metro stations on June 10 and 11.

File Photo. Image used for illustrative purposes
File Photo. Image used for illustrative purposes

3. Free buttermilk

Quench your thirst with this drink that not just keeps you cool, but also provides much-needed hydration during the hot season. Madurai Restaurant in Abu Shagara will provide free buttermilk to anyone who walks in during the peak summer hours, 11am to 3pm.

Babu Murugan, the restaurant's owner, announced that this initiative would continue all throughout the season. Lower in fat than regular milk, the drink is rich in electrolytes, he said.

KT Photo: Mazhar Farooqui
KT Photo: Mazhar Farooqui

4. Free water bottles and refill stations

During the summer, drinking lots of water is one of doctors' essential tips to ensure safety and prevent exhaustion. Carry reusable water bottles, drink up for free and prevent dehydration.

In Sharjah, the kindness of a 68-year-old Pakistani biker has helped keep his community hydrated. From his car, Mohammad Dawood distributes free bottled water on weekends, a tradition since four years. Under an initiative by Dubai Can, residents in the city can get free water in over 50 refill stations across the city. The stations run all-year round, and started in 2022.

Photo: Dubai Media Office File
Photo: Dubai Media Office File

5. Free access to gym

Want to workout for free this summer? You no longer have to go to a park to do so. Beat the outdoor heat with free access to an indoor gym in Dubai Sports World (DSW), the region's largest indoor sports destination.

All visitors can use the gym for free from 8am to 12pm during the summer. In addition, several free activities such as yoga lessons and running clubs will also be held for residents over the season.

KT Photo: Shihab
KT Photo: Shihab

(With inputs from Mazhar Farooqui and Nasreen Abdulla)


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