Winter in Dubai - Climate, Festivals & What to Carry During The City's Most Popular Season

Dubai is one of the most happening cities in the Middle-East and it is certainly a bucket-list destination for tourists. The city’s diverse culture is truly one of a kind with people from various countries visiting the city, all around the year. However, there is a common misconception among people that it is always hot in Dubai and we are here to break that bubble for you. Winter in Dubai are more tolerable to tourists and that is the busiest time of the year for tourism in the city. We have broken down the season so you get a glimpse of the climate, top attractions, festivals and what you must when visiting the city during the winter months. 

Sunset in dubai

Climate During Winter in Dubai

Being a desert nation, Dubai generally sees a lot of sunshine with occasional rain in winter. The winter months start from late October lasting until early March. The more pleasant time is towards the end of winter where people from all places can make most of the weather conditions and explore Dubai. The city witnesses most of its rainfall during the months of December, January and February, where the latter remains the wettest with about 5 days of rain in the month, while December and January being the coldest months of the year with about 3 to 4 days of rain in each month.
Winter Months: October to early March
Average high: 28-31⁰ Celcius (82.4-87.8⁰ F)
Average low: 15-16⁰ C (59-61.8⁰ F)
Ideally, winter is the time to explore and enjoy Dubai at its best. To know more about the climatic conditions of Dubai throughout the year, click here.

Airfares During Winter Months

Airfares in winter will vary based on the month you will be travelling. Generally, the prices hit a peak at the end of December and sustain till early weeks of January, due to Christmas and New Year, while the prices are a little quieter in the other periods of the season.
Airfares* to Dubai (One-Way):
    From London:
        During Christmas and New Year: AED 1550 (GBP 327) onwards
        Rest of the season: AED 665 (GBP 140) onwards      
    From Mumbai:
        During Christmas and New Year: AED 660 (INR 12000) onwards
        Rest of the season: AED 367 (INR 7000) onwards      
   From New York:
        During Christmas and New Year: AED 2714 (USD 739) onwards
        Rest of the season: AED 1530 (USD 416) onwards

*All fares are approximate and are subject to change.
Majority of the countries are allowed an on-arrival visa free of cost while for some countries, they are charged or visas have to be acquired in their respective countries. Make sure you make a thorough check on the visa clauses.

What to Carry During Winter in Dubai

If you are travelling from hotter places where winters are slightly warmer than Dubai, make sure you have your winter clothes along because temperatures can dip up to 10⁰ C (50⁰ F). However, the water temperatures are slightly lower at the beaches. People travelling from colder places might get accustomed to the weather conditions much easier. Here's a checklist of what you must pack when facing the winters of Dubai:
  • Woollen sweaters and linen
  • Plenty of sunscreens as the winter sun is very harsh
  • Sunglasses 
  • Hats
  • An umbrella as the winter months see rain

Places to Visit During Dubai in Winter

The sunsets are beautiful and watching the skyscrapers rise above the clouds early in the morning is a view to die for.

1. Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

When you say Dubai, the first thing that strikes to mind is the world’s tallest skyscraper. You can experience the best of sunsets in the evening. General public are allowed for free till the 124th floor and if you want to go a little higher, you could pay some extra bucks and go to the 148th floor to view the sunset from the world’s highest observation deck, unless you would want to do it for free like Tom Cruise in ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’. Check out more about Burj Khalifa here.

2. Desert Safari and Camping

Deseert camping and safari

Any trip to the UAE is incomplete without visiting the vast Arabian desert especially now that winter in Dubai makes it less harsh a trip. Dubai offers a lot of options for camping and safari enthusiasts with a wide variety of locations to choose from. Lot of travel agencies offer package tours for the camps and safaris in and around the city. There is a lot in store for adventure enthusiasts with activities the 4x4 ride across the bumpy sand dunes and sand-boarding, not to mention that clear skies are up for the ones who enjoy stargazing. Some of the interesting locations for camping are Fossil Rock (Sharjah), Jebel Al Jais, Fujairah, Al Qudra Lake and Al Dhafra beach.
Check out the different packages for desert safaris and campings in Dubai below:

3. Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah

This architectural marvel is an artificial offshore island on the coast of Dubai comprising of residential buildings and some star hotels. You could take the monorail ride into the island which connects it to the mainland. The nights at Palm Jumeirah come alive with a lot of nightclubs with live DJs. Check out the detailed guide to Palm Jumeirah here

4. Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

Located in Jumeirah, the Burj Al Arab is the world’s third tallest hotel and arguably one of the top luxury hotels in the world. It stands 280 metres away from the Jumeirah Beach and is connected to the mainland through a private curving bridge. The history of this hotel has witnessed so many events on the rooftop helipad which has seen the likes of Tiger Woods, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, David Coulthard, Ronan Keating and various other celebrities as well as other world-famous organizations. Know more about Burj Al Arab here.

5. Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek

Pleasant winter in Dubai calls for a day out, and what better place to go than the Dubai Creek and get a taste of old Dubai. This iconic waterway flows right through the city and divides it into two parts - Bur Dubai and Deira. It holds great historical significance in the trade development in Dubai. The Creek offers stunning views and a different perspective of the city. There are a load of activities that can be done along the creek. You could take a nice cruise in the creek and spend your time out in the waters, visit the Dolphinarium, shop spices or visit the Dubai Museum. Know more activities to do and check out cruise prices at Dubai Creek here.

6. Dubai Mall

Indoor view of the Dubai Mall

The gateway to the tallest building in the world is a paradise for people who want to unravel their boredom. The Dubai Mall keeps people of all ages engaged with its state-of-the-art facilities and other activities in its vicinity. The Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Fountain, KidZania and the Dubai Creek Tower are some of the major attractions at the Dubai Mall. It also has a Karting track where you can challenge your friends and family for a bit of racing fun. To know more about the prices to the activities at the Dubai mall, click here

7. Dubai Frame

The Dubai Frame

Located at Zabeel Park, Dubai Frame stands a whopping 150 metres tall. The frame stands as a symbolic representation for framing the development of Dubai from the past until the future. The place makes for a few beautiful photos and amazing views of the various architectural marvels in town.

8. Skydiving

Skydiving over Palm Jumeirah

If you have been wanting to do skydiving and cross it off your bucket list, then Dubai is the place to be. There are operators for both indoor and outdoor skydiving. To know more about the prices and for a detailed guide to skydiving in Dubai, click here.

Top Events and Festivals During Winter in Dubai


There are a lot of places and festivals to visit in Dubai during the winter months. Among them, the Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Expo and the Dubai Auto Show grab major limelight in the months of December and January, every year.

1. Dubai Shopping Festival - January 1st - February 2nd 2020
2. Art Dubai - March 24th – March 27th 2020
3. Dubai International Film Festival

Read the full list of events and festivals here

Dubai in winter is absolutely an exciting place to be and offers satisfaction levels like no other while quenching the thirst of travel in you. So, start packing your bags and get out there to experience the most of Dubai.

This post was published by Vishal Varma

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