Most people I know who are expats in the Emirates go home or hie off to cooler climes during the months of July and August, the hottest months in these parts of the desert. But we stayed on. First it was due to lack of funds. No use flying off to Manila then having no dosh to spread around - family and friends. Second, as an effect of reason number 1, I had to take on a part-time job which nessecitated me to stay on the entire summer. Finally, my husband was not allowed to go off on his summer vacation this summer. His boss told him to go and take his summer vacation in the winter(!), imagine that. So we stayed. And steamed. I wasn't bad when you just stay indoors and avoid the sun. But then, electric bills skyrocketed due to all the air conditioners being kept on to maintain a pleasant "weather" at home. I guess in the long run, electric bills are somewhat cheaper than airline bills.