My family and I, we live in Dubai. We have been here for almost five years and by the grace of God, we are enjoying the peace and harmony of our everyday lives. We live in this part of this world called “The Middle East”, the desert where anything can happen that could be horrible sandstorms or God forbid, war.
But those are major geographical issues. We had a different issue last night.
When you live in the desert where temperatures soar up to 120F, the worst thing that can happen to you is: when you’re home air conditioning system breaks down.
…in the middle of the night.
…at the peak of the hot, humid desert summer.
We woke up with huge sweat at past midnight and thought our room a/c broke down. The room temp gauge said it’s 29C. I transferred to the living room to try to sleep. It was ‘cooler’ there at 27C. The husband followed after a few minutes and we slept in the sofa. After less than 10 minutes, the living room temperature rose and we had no choice but to get up and turned the a/c knob over and over with great hope.
We gave up at 1:30am and decided to go to a 24 hour hypermarket in Deira (a 15 minute drive from where we live) to buy electric fans! We bought two and managed to spend the night in still hot and humid room with a very noisy fan (it was cheap). It felt like we were in Philippines/Japan/Thailand during summer…hot, humid, fans – only, we could at least open our windows there.
In Dubai, when you open the windows with no a/c on, you’re dead.