1 Go up high Take a trip to the mountains. Oman has peaks reaching 2,980 metres, but you’ll either have to have a 4x4 to scale them or go for a hike. To avoid heatstroke, don’t go during the middle of the day. Try the Hajar Mountains, which start at the Musandam peninsula and run southeast along the coast. Local tour company Arabia Outdoors offers customised trips. www.arabiaoutdoors.com.
2 Hang out in a giant fridge Ski Dubai is a great place to cool down. Essentially a huge refrigerator, with temperatures between -2°C and -9°C, you can pretend you’re in the Swiss Alps rather than a blistering desert. There’s even a café halfway up the slope. From Dhs80 for a snow park pass. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, www.skidxb.com (800 534 7873).
3 Use hotel pools Some of the hotels cool their outdoor pools in the summer so they’re not too hot for your tootsies. How very Dubai. Try the Address Downtown Dubai, which regulates its pool temperature so it’s always 28°C, even when it’s much hotter outside. Dhs300 for a day pass. The Address Downtown Dubai, www.theaddress.com.