RIYADH: With the temperature reaching 48C in Saudi Arabia, many locals are finding creative new ways to stay cool during the summer heat.
“Personally, the best way to stay cool in the summer is to go to solariums where they provide coffee, ice cream, food and of course good air conditioning, while enjoying the sun,” Safiya said. Alansari from the Eastern Province. .
The 18-year-old has lived her whole life in the Eastern Province.
“The best way to stay safe outdoors is definitely sunscreen (SPF 50) and vitamin C moisturizer and serum,” she pointed out.
“These are must-haves for me, even when I’m home all day, I’m sure using these three essentials won’t leave you feeling sunburned,” she said.
Alansari recommended enjoying the sunny weather indoors by visiting some of the many restaurants and cafes that offer air-conditioned rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows.
A popular summer destination in Khobar for women is 180 Degrees, an all-female beach.
“They provide music, restaurants and seats. You can sunbathe or swim there if you want, and you can also just relax on the beach and eat something,” she shared.
“I went there once and it was a great experience. If you want a good tan, go after 2 p.m., the sun is shining then,” Alansari said.
Residents stressed the importance of wearing the right type of clothing in the summer.
“Anything loose and breathable is a must in Eastern Province,” Alansari said.
“Wide pants are wonderful and certainly sandals; these clothes can give you a balance between the warmth and the slightest wind that is around,” she said.
Clothing can have a major effect on preventing heat-related illnesses.
Nour Aldajani, a 30-something born and raised in Eastern Province, shared her clothing recommendations.
“Dress in light-colored clothes, avoid dark clothes in the heat, and wear cotton clothes to let your skin breathe and not get too hot,” Aldajani said.
She also pointed out her ideal times to be outdoors.
“The best advice is to avoid swimming pools (at) noon. The best time to go is early in the morning or at sunset,” Aldajani said.
“Don’t blow the air conditioning then go outside, or vice versa, to avoid getting sick from temperature changes, and stay hydrated and avoid any food that has been out in the sun for too long,” she recommended.
Just west of the Eastern Province, Abdullah Alradadi, a 24-year-old resident of Riyadh, explained how he stays safe while enjoying the summer.
“I spend my wardrobe mainly on cotton during the summer, and if I’m outside I try to spend most of my time in the shade and out of the sun,” he said. .
Abdullah is from Medina and moved to Riyadh for work last year.
“I always make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water frequently,” he said.
Along with increased water consumption, Abdullah is reducing his intake of hot drinks to ensure he stays cool.
“I stop drinking hot coffee and hot tea in the summer. Sunscreen is another important tip,” he pointed out.
West of Riyadh, Kenda Jambi, a 22-year-old from Jeddah, spoke about the different ways she cools off in the summer heat.
“I mostly stay indoors and wear breathable/loose clothes,” Kenda explained.
“Applying sunscreen, wearing sunglasses and staying hydrated are a must,” she said.
During the summer, she likes to spend the day at the beach or at the swimming pool. She explained that the best way to beat the summer heat is to wear linen and cotton when you’re not swimming to combat the humidity.
Deemah Nasser, a mother of two from Riyadh, surprised her daughters with an ice cream truck outside her door as the girls had friends over. “Last week it was extremely hot and my daughters were taking their friends over for a swim. So I rented an ice cream truck from Prince Ice Cream for a day. My youngest said it was her ‘best day’. It seems the neighbors also enjoyed the ice cream.
The Department of Health has released some safety tips to prevent heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke.
He recommends staying in a cool place and reducing direct sun exposure, as well as wearing light clothing and avoiding dark, heavy clothing that can absorb the sun.
The ministry also recommends being strategic when planning outdoor events and taking frequent rest periods in the shade when needed.
The ministry warns that children are more susceptible to the risk of sunstroke. They invite everyone to drink water throughout the day and not just when thirsty.
Applying sunscreen, wearing wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses, and avoiding hot, heavy meals are other ways to maintain well-being.