One of the many things people do not know about the Middle East: They see pictures of deserts and palm trees, but forget it gets cold here in winter too! I am in Kuwait and it is colder than in Rome! 6°C or 43°F (with the windchill, it feels like 3°C or 38°F). That is cold!
And as most of the houses and public areas do not have heating, often we get chilled to the bone... Oh well, summer is just around the corner..!