1. What to eat
If you’re beginning to feel a little cooler and a lot like christmas, switch off your air-con and head outside. Dubai is a social whirl at this time of year, so sustain yourself throughout the festivities with a super healthy diet. The best eatery for a nutrient rich lunch is Dubai Marina’s Gourmet by KCal.
Ayurvedic nutritionists rely on oil-rich nuts, leafy vegetables and honey to brave middle-eastern winters. Experts also advise visiting the spice souk for antioxidant herbs like Tulsi. Brew into a soothing tea for irritations caused by desert dust – often acute in winter.
2. When to exercise
No more beating the heat with a 3am run – it’s time to lie in. Between December to March, night times can go below 10 degrees, and the lower the temperature, the quicker your body cools post-workout. Avoid putting your muscles and immune system at risk with an early evening sprint along Jumeirah’s beach side track instead.
3. How to keep warm
Newcomers to Dubai can laugh, but a temperature dip feels arctic when you’ve lived here long enough. You really need that new coat for evenings out and winter holiday outings, whether taking to the ice at Dubai Mall Rink or sipping hot chocolate at the Chillout Ice Lounge.
If your home has a kitchen like this, there’s no better season to eat in with friends – and this recipe is a heartwarmer. Turmeric and Ginger add heat and Ghee, another ayurvedic staple, is believed to insulate the body.
Whether you’re seeking a short term lease for the shopping season or a permanent base for winter holidays, you’ll find it in Dubai.
4. Who to avoid
“I think I caught something on the plane” is a phrase the expats among us know well. We all look forward to a trip home or a visit from our families, but the accompanying bugs are annoying.
You can’t always escape the sneezing passenger on your right, but you can boost your health before boarding (see tips 1-3).
5. Where to live
Even ‘affordable’ communities in Dubai offer excellent quality of life. This recently completed development in Arjan is a great example, benefitting from superior quality building insulation and smart technology that keeps you warm or cool.