How to tackle a summer emergency

Who to call if you find yourself in a spot of heat-based bother

The Knowledge

Your A/C breaks
It’s the dreaded summer scenario – the mercury hits 48° and your air-conditioning unit goes kaput. Never fear, call Salam. He and his team of fixers have resolved every crisis we’ve presented them with so far, and they can also tackle plumbing emergencies.
From Dhs150 for A/C servicing. Various locations 050 498 3137

Your car overheats
Wherever your car breaks down in Dubai, Saeed Abdullah makes it his business to get there to help, and can tow you to either the British-owned Saluki Motorsports garage (don’t be fooled by the name, this air-conditioned workshop takes all automotives), or another of your choosing. If you’re stuck in the sand next to your apartment block – no problem, for an extra Dhs70 or Dhs80, he’ll have you out.
From Dhs150 for Deira callouts, Dhs170 from Dubai Marina, Dhs200 from Jebel Ali locations (055 719 9644).

You can’t find a cab on the street
Summer is absolutely not the time to find yourself standing helplessly on the street, waiting hours for a taxi to turn up. (Tip: avoid getting a cab, if you can, between 3.45pm and 4.45pm, when most drivers change shift). Chauffeur service Careem can help you skip the drama – register online and book a car, which you can track in real time on your phone. Prices are a little higher than RTA cabs, but if you’ve got somewhere important to be, it’s worth the peace of mind.

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