Beat the Gulf heat in air cooled jackets

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Temperatures across the Gulf have reached 40°C, for many outdoor workers this means dehydration, perspiration and discomfort.

To combat the heat, inspectors from Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (Ded) have been given battery-powered, air-cooled jackets for their field visits, reported The National on Saturday.

“The inspectors go on routine and random inspections in retail outlets across Dubai as part of the department’s role in protecting the rights of consumers as well as traders,” Omar al-Mehairi, director of development and follow-up in commercial compliance and consumer protection, told The National in an interview.

“The air-cooled jackets will help the inspectors withstand hot weather conditions and perform their tasks more efficiently.”

The anorak-style jackets are battery powered, with new designs set to be solar powered.

“Two fans blow cool air throughout the jacket and keep the body temperature at desirable levels, even when it is hot and humid outside,” Mehairi told The National.

The wearer can enjoy a cool and comfortable 20°C, with adjustable fans for those who wish to heat up or cool down.

For now the department’s field inspectors are using the Japanese-made jackets, which were launched last week, on a trial-basis.

“The Ded will order more of them for the use of our inspectors depending on the feedback from the trial,” Mehairi said.

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