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Best time of year to visit Dubai

November through March is the busiest but also the best time to visit Dubai with short rain showers from mid-winter until early spring. November will stick in your memory with its Dubai airshow, just don't forget to book your accommodation in advance!
Winter is full of different activities like camel racing, fishing and ballooning which fit every taste, and the weather is not that hot for sightseeing. Late spring through mid-autumn is the most torrid time of the year. However, this season is also full of bright events such as Ramadan and the Color Run.

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Camel Racing Season

Camel Racing Season

November–March  • activity

The tradition that honours camel as a racing animal becomes high-tech in Dubai!

Ballooning

Ballooning

September–May • activity

Enjoy stunning views of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve from a balloon

Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

November–late May • nature

The beautiful garden of extraordinary flowers and floral art.

Beach Season

Beach Season

December–March  • activity

Winters in Dubai offer spectacular beach experience

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

all year round • activity

Visit the tallest building in the world

Dubai Safari Park

Dubai Safari Park

October–mid-May • nature

The park is home to 2,500 wild animals of about 250 species

Dubai’s Christmas

Dubai’s Christmas

December • event

Why not plan a nice Christmas retreat in Dubai?

Polo Season

Polo Season

November–mid April • activity

The sophisticated polo season starts yearly to astonish once again with its beauty and elegance

Flyboarding

Flyboarding

all year round • activity

Challenge gravity and fly above the waters around Jumeirah Beach

Falconry

Falconry

mid-November–mid-February • activity

The elite sport that is both traditional and exciting

Domestic Horse Racing Season

Domestic Horse Racing Season

late October–late March  • activity

Alongside the World Cup Carnival, Meydan racecourse offers a full domestic racing season

Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayaking and Canoeing

October–April • activity

One of the best ways to explore artificial islands and posh resorts of Dubai

Diving

Diving

March–May | September–November (all year round) • activity

Plenty of shipwrecks make Dubai exciting for diving

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

all year round • activity

The largest mosque in the UAE is something extraordinary

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

December–April • activity

Warm winters and strong winds make Dubai a perfect water sports destination

Fishing

Fishing

October–April • activity

For both beginners and professionals, fishing in Dubai is a prime experience!

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

September–late April • nature

Birdwatching may be not such an obvious activity to do in Dubai, but it surely is unique

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Ramadan

Ramadan

April 24–May 23, 2020 • event

The Holy Month is a very serious period in Dubai, which influences the daily life profoundly

Dubai Airshow

Dubai Airshow

November 14–18, 2021 • event

Held since 1986, the airshow has broken many records!

Standart Chartered Dubai Marathon

Standart Chartered Dubai Marathon

January 24, 2020 • event

Try your luck in the richest running event in the world

Ramadan Night Market

Ramadan Night Market

2019 (cancelled) • event

The one and only of its kind event that happens during 10 days of Ramadan

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

January 25, 2020 • event

The spirit of celebration is felt everywhere throughout the resort

The Color Run

The Color Run

November 10, 2018 • event

Join the happiest and most colourful runners!

Dubai International Boat Show

Dubai International Boat Show

March 10–14, 2020 • event

See all the best yachts and boats harboured in Dubai

World Future Sports Games

World Future Sports Games

December 28–30, 2017 • event

Drons, robots and other unusual participants form a new vision of sports

UAE National Day

UAE National Day

December 02 • event

The national day is celebrated with grandiose fireworks and fabulous shows

Red Bull Flugtag

Red Bull Flugtag

November 19–20, 2016 • event

A yearly event worldwide that happens in Dubai this year!

Al Marmoom Heritage Festival

Al Marmoom Heritage Festival

April 17–22, 2020 (to be confirmed) • event

The festival fully dedicated to the heritage of camel racing

Dubai World Cup Carnival

Dubai World Cup Carnival

January 02–March 07, 2020 • event

The horse racing season that leads to Dubai World Cup

Sandstorms

Sandstorms

April–August  • nature

Able to reduce visibility to about 500 meters, the sandstorms may cause a lot of problems while being a spectacular sight

Beach Polo Cup Dubai

Beach Polo Cup Dubai

2019 (on hiatus) • event

An innovative and intriguing sport that spreads around the world from Dubai

Halloween

Halloween

late October • event

Spooky, scary, and fun things to do in the shopping capital of the Middle East

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Dubai weather in January
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Being the coldest month, January is perfect for exploring Dubai. At this time, the heat is not that devastating—the temperature doesn’t exceed 23°C (73°F), and the humidity is moderate (up to 59%). The most comfortable time of the day is morning as, by noon, the temperature rises a bit. But even under the sun, you won’t feel the overwhelming heat. On the contrary, warm but mild sunshine creates pleasant conditions for walking around and enjoying the city. You may consider carrying a light jacket for evenings as it might get windy at night. And there are no reasons to worry about an umbrella: January is a dry month with no sudden rainshowers.
Dubai weather in February
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In February, the temperature drops a bit, and the weather gets splendid: mild mornings and evenings, warm sunny days, clear cloudless sky. If you had an idea to visit the desert, February should be your choice. You won’t suffer from the heat and abrupt winds, and visibility of over 10 km (6.2 mi) gives you an unprecedented opportunity to see as far in the desert as your sight allows. Back in the city, you can enjoy a cool evening and feel the warm sea breeze from the Persian Gulf.
Dubai weather in March
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The days become longer and warmer. During the night, the temperature is still relatively low, so your first morning breathes would pleasantly refresh you. However, by the middle of the day, the heat increases rapidly, and the weather conditions might start to feel uncomfortable. The thermometer still shows no more than 29°C (84°F), but for the most sensitive, staying outside could already be trouble. If you belong to this group, think in advance about a shelter where you could hide and wait until the evening. After sunset, the weather again becomes tolerable and welcomes you to stroll around Dubai.
Dubai weather in April
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April is a transition month from a relatively mild spring to withering summer. The beginning of the month resembles March with its fresh mornings and evenings, but by mid-April, you’ll feel that summer is here. The first sun rays bring heat, and in an hour after sunrise, the temperature outside is hard to tolerate. April is the month when sightseeing starts to be advisable only in the evening. During the day, it’s not recommended to spend much time under the sun. If you go out, put on sunscreen, sunglasses and cover your head. Also, try to think of relaxing indoor activities to keep you busy until the evening.
Dubai weather in May
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In May, the hot season officially starts. The heat level keeps on rising and brings more discomfort. From the window of an air-conditioned hotel room, the weather looks ideal with its clear sky and white sun. But outside, it’s not that pleasant. The temperature is still bearable, and if you are courageous enough, you may do some sightseeing. The only rule you have to stick to in Dubai is whenever you leave the shelter, you have to cover your skin and stay hydrated properly. May is a good time for swimming in Dubai. Although it might be tempting to spend an entire day on the beach as the water is seductively warm, at noon, you’d better stay away from the sun.
Dubai weather in June
10.5/10 score
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The cloudless sky has no mercy over Dubai, and during the day the temperature climbs up to 40°C (104°F). The proximity of the Persian Gulf causes high humidity: it keeps up to 95% till September and makes the heat even harder to tolerate. Besides, the weather won’t indulge you with a single drop of rain, so there is no hope for a refreshing shower. In June, the only time relatively bearable is night. You don’t have much time after sunrise to enjoy the weather as the temperature rises abruptly, and you’ll feel the heat even after sunset.
Dubai weather in July
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If you thought it couldn’t get hotter, July would surprise you. On average, the temperature rises to 42°C (108°F). With over 13 hours of sunshine, Dubai in July is not an excellent destination for tourism as the heat brings inconveniences. You may consider going to the beach. As the water is warm, it’s not that refreshing. Also, you can stay at home and take a nap during the hottest hours of the day. And the best option you have is to hide in an air-conditioned location and spend days avoiding being outdoors. Luckily, Dubai faces no scarcity of such spaces.
Dubai weather in August
10.5/10 score
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10 mm
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6h 24m
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August threats you with the highest temperature in the entire year. The heat reaches its peak, and even mornings are sizzling hot. About an hour after sunrise, the thermometer shows over 30°C (86°F), and it keeps on increasing throughout the day. Generally, August is not recommended for visits to Dubai. If you have an option to choose another time, you should pick a date. But if you find yourself in Dubai in August, take care of your safety. Stay inside, preferably in air-conditioned places, put on sunscreen, cover your head, wear sunglasses, and consider using an umbrella to hide from the sun. Neglecting this advice could be harmful to your health.
Dubai weather in September
10.5/10 score
Ideal
10° average
average temperatures
10 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
In September, the heat starts to recede gradually. It’s still unbearably hot outside; not a single cloud hides the city from the sun for a minute; not a single drop of rain falls. The very word “freshness” loses its meaning in Dubai by September. The only time when you could notice how the weather differs from the previous month is morning. Nights become more chill, and at sunrise, you can sense the first signs of autumn. It’s still better for you to spend time indoors, but as the conditions get a bit more sparing, walking the city is no longer that risky.
Dubai weather in October
10.5/10 score
Ideal
10° average
average temperatures
10 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
October is a transition month when the heat finally decreases to a sane level. The beginning of the month is still devastating and dangerous, but as the days pass, the temperature becomes more and more tolerable. By mid-October, it drops to 30°C (86°F), and the weather gets milder. For tourists, it’s a perfect time to come to the city. Not only sightseeing is possible again without the risk of fainting on the street, but also spending a day on the beach is safe. The sea is as warm as the air, so you can spend entire days swimming and sunbathing.
Dubai weather in November
10.5/10 score
Ideal
10° average
average temperatures
10 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
In November, the weather conditions resemble those in October. If you stay away from the sun at noon, the rest of the day won’t bother you with heat. The temperature is still high, but bearable, and you don’t necessarily have to hide indoors till dusk. The cloudless sky is no longer a threat, but rather an opportunity for lazy sunbathing and a precondition for a perfect day on the beach. The only drawback of the improved weather is the crowds of visitors flooding the city—November is a peak tourist season in Dubai.
Dubai weather in December
10.5/10 score
Ideal
10° average
average temperatures
10 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The first winter month proves that nature has some mercy. The temperature keeps falling and decreases to relatively comfortable 25°C (77°F). Even the most sensitive visitors may come to Dubai and enjoy their stay. The sun gets milder; occasionally, you may even see a cloud in the sky or feel the drops of rain on your skin. Mornings and evenings could seem chilling compared to the rest of the year, and you may put on that light jacket you’ve seen last time in January. In December, the swimming season is over, but you can spend days exploring the city and finally seeing it under the midday sun.