If you have been trying to grow your own plants on your balcony or in your garden and have just lost lots of them over the summer- you are not alone! Here we take a look at the hardiest plants that can survive a Dubai summer. Succulent plants, also known as succulents or fat plants, are water-retaining plants adapted to arid climates or soil conditions. Succulent plants store water in their leaves, stems, and also in roots. Many succulents come from the dry areas of the tropics and subtropics, such as steppes, semi-desert, and desert.