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Are you feeling sweaty while reading this? Does it feel as though you’ve stepped into a sauna – fully clothed – when you get into your car? Do you get flustered and more impatient than ever now it’s ludicrously hot? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you probably need a holiday.
Experts predict that summer temperatures in our city will reach an average of 45°C this year, and the thought of that makes us want to sit in a bath full of ice. But luckily you don’t have to take such drastic measures. We’ve searched dozens of websites and spoken to hundreds of travel agents to find interesting, easy-to-reach getaway destinations that, most importantly, have cooler temperatures than our beloved UAE. To prove it, we’ve included the lowest average temperatures possible during July for each place.
Of course, we can’t predict the weather, but if all goes to plan you could be surrounded by lush green hills, cool lakes and snow-capped peaks by next weekend. So instead of getting hot and bothered this summer, get booking!
Mount Ararat, Turkey 10°C
Flight time: Five hours 35 minutes
Currency: Dhs1 = 0.44 Turkish lira
What to see: The highest mountain in Turkey scales a giddy 5,165 metres, but if you’re thinking about hiking it you need to be an expert in mountaineering – the acclimatisation is harsh and climbs are steep and fast. However, it’s possible to do a slower ascent by truck over a couple of days and stop and camp 2,100 metres up in the village of Eli.
Insider tip: Visit the Ottoman-style Ishak Pasa Palace, referred to as the ‘Taj Mahal’ of Turkey. It spans more than 7,600 sq m and sits 5km east of east of Dog˘ubeyazıt at the base of the mountain on the silk route, near the Iranian border.
How to get there: Fly direct to Istanbul with Emirates from Dhs2,744 return.
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