You don't know when to go to Dubai? You are still hesitating on which period it is better to go there ?
You are at the right place! In this article I will give you some advice on the best time to go to Dubai according to your budget and the activities and excursions you want to do.
WHAT KIND OF CLIMATE IS THERE IN DUBAI?
Located on the Arabian Peninsula, the emirate of Dubai enjoys a dry subtropical (desert) climate with little rainfall.
More concretely, it is hot and sunny all year round. Clouds are quite rare.
However, it is considered that there are two seasons:
- A hot and long season, which goes from April to November. Rain is almost non-existent but the high humidity makes the heat difficult to bear, especially from April to October.
- A milder and shorter season, which goes from December to March. Temperatures go down a little (between 73 °F (23°C) and 86 °F (30°C)), and the heat is more pleasant. Rain is rare and irregular (about 10 days of rain throughout the year).
The period from September to November can be considered as a mid-season. It is the transition from the hot season to the mild season. Even if the temperatures remain high, they are bearable.
tHE HOT SEASON: SUMMER
Summer is probably the worst season to visit Dubai. Due to the high humidity (often over 90%), the heat is scorching and temperatures can be impressive and easily exceed 122 °F (50°C). Yes, you read that right! It can be over 122°F at the height of the day during July and August.
In any case, there are few days when temperatures fall below 104°F (40°C). Of course, it is easy for some to feel oppressed by this climate.In addition, strong winds (the shammal, which comes from the desert) can cause sandstorms to hit the city.
Despite the overwhelming heat, the city is very well prepared for it, and tourists can enjoy a lot of appropriately equipped and very comfortable facilities. All buildings are equipped with air conditioning, even the bus stops!
If you plan to visit the Burj Khalifa and the great classics of Dubai, there will be no problem: everything is air conditioned!
If you get too hot, take refuge in the shopping malls like the Dubai Mall, where the temperature is regulated. There you can shop, watch the fish in the giant aquarium and cool off in the ice rink. The Mall of the Emirates is also not to be left out, as it is where you can ski the snowy slopes of Ski Dubai. Dubai is also full of water parks of all kinds: Aquaventure Dubai, Wild Wadi Water Park, Legoland Waterpark…
Note however that the prices of most of the activities remain the same (entrance to the water parks...).
On the other hand, as far as the desert excursions are concerned, the prices are much more interesting
Since it is the low tourist season, there are fewer people in Dubai and prices are more affordable, especially for car rental and accommodation. For example, a 282 dollars room in the high tourist season can cost 113 dollars in the summer. Quite interesting, isn't it?
The sun rises at 5:30 am and sets at 7 pm.
THE MILD SEASON: WINTER
Since it is also the high tourist season (especially in December and January), the city is more crowded and the prices are higher!
Temperatures are more bearable: 77°F on average during the day and 59 to 69°F at night. It is then that Dubai experiences a peak of visitors. If you don't know when to go to Dubai, this is the perfect season!
In December, January and February, rain is occasional (less than 5 days of rain per month).
During this season, there are more socio-cultural events on the program, such as the UAE National Day (December 2 and 3, 2022), the Dubai Marathon (January 21, 2022), the International Film Festival or the Dubai Shopping Festival (sales from December 15, 2021 to January 29, 2022).
This is the best time to go to the emirate. The climate in Dubai during these months is ideal as you can enjoy the outdoors without suffocating from the heat!
However, since this is also the peak tourist season (especially in December and January), the city is more crowded and prices are higher!
The sun rises at 7am and sets around 5:40pm.
SMALL UPDATE ON THE WEATHER IN DUBAI MONTH BY MONTH
Number of rainy days
2 to 4
Number of rainy days
WHEN TO GO TO DUBAI? WHAT ARE THE MONTHS TO AVOID?
Between May and September, temperatures are very hot and humidity is very high.
If you can't stand the heat, avoid July and August in particular. It is more than 104°F, with heat peaks that go beyond 113°F. These are also the months when humidity is at its highest (95% most often). Dubai's climate is therefore not really ideal during this period. If you don't know when to go to Dubai and you have the opportunity to choose your vacation, I would not recommend going during the summer months.
However, in spite of this, the "summer" period is not entirely prohibitive! You can still go to Dubai despite the weather, as the city has everything in place to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable, and prices will be more interesting.
WHAT ARE THE MOST PLEASANT MONTHS?
The most pleasant months are October, November and December. The weather is most pleasant during this period. Temperatures often range between 77°F and 86°F during the day, which is ideal if you want to visit Dubai without feeling oppressed by the heat and humidity.
DUBAI DURING RAMADAN
During Ramadan - the dates of which are not known in advance - Dubai lives in slow motion.
The streets are empty during the day but full of people after the evening meal.
The hours are adjusted: many restaurants are closed (at noon), and bars and nightclubs are also closed.
Be careful, it is forbidden to eat or drink in public! But don't worry: you can obviously live normally in your hotel.
Thus, the Ramadan period is not the ideal time to stay in Dubai. However, the atmosphere is different and really has its own charm! Not to mention that the prices are cheaper and there is more entertainment in the evening.
WHEN TO GO TO DUBAI AND MORE IMPORTANTLY HOW MANY DAYS?
Preferably opt for a stay of 5 to 10 days, which will give you the opportunity to do many activities, to walk around the city and to discover the desert. If the stay is shorter, you will not be able to fully enjoy Dubai and all that the emirate has to offer. If it's longer, your wallet may suffer!
WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR SUITCASE?
Take mostly light clothes. Bring a sweater or jacket for your evening outings (especially in winter). You may also need them if you can't stand the air conditioning.
Choose cotton clothes, for humidity will make you sweat quickly, as well as long sleeves and pants to protect you from sunburn.
Don't forget to bring sunglasses, a good sunscreen (with a high factor) and a hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
No need to bring an umbrella or boots! Rainfall is very rare and rarely lasts long.
Ladies, Dubai being a traditional Muslim state, avoid deep necklines and shorts. Prefer loose clothing. That being said, the population is understanding, don't worry!
For more information, don't hesitate to check my article on how to dress in Dubai !
When is the best time to enjoy a pleasant climate?
Certainly between November and April. This is a period with mild temperatures and little rainfall. In May and October, temperatures are hot but bearable.
When is the best time to visit the city?
anuary is the best time to visit the city and the surrounding area, as it is the "coldest" month of the year (the temperature varies between 73,4°F and 77°F during the day!). The weather is very nice: if you don't know when to go, January, February and March are my favorite months.
When is the best time to go to the beach?
With water temperatures ranging from 68°F to 86°F, you can go swimming all year round in Dubai. Beware of sunburn, however, as the UV index is high all year round.
In April, May and October, the water temperature is the most pleasant (less hot). The climate in Dubai is ideal during these months, not too hot, not too cold 😊
What is the best time to pay less for your stay?
From the end of May to September, it is the low tourist season. Accommodation rates are most competitive in July and August.
What is the best time to make a trip to the desert?
Prefer January and December, the sun will be less virulent and the nights cooler.