What is the best time to visit Dubai?

The best time visit Dubai is from November to March. Although Dubai does not experience a typical winter, November-March is quite pleasant with weather averaging around 25 degree Celsius. April-May is the beginning of the summer, and the temperature is anywhere between 23 degrees and 36 degree Celsius. June, July and August are the hottest months of Dubai, with temperatures hitting at 40 degrees Celsius combined with unpleasant humidity. This season, you can find great deals on accommodation and flights except for Ramadan month (which depends on the lunar calendar). The temperature starts to drop a little bit during the autumn season (September-October) and the weather averages around 29 degrees Celsius.

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Monthly Weather in Dubai

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 18 25
February 17 24
March 21 29
April 25 35
May 28 38
June 30 40
July 33 41
August 33 42
September 30 38
October 26 34
November 22 30
December 19 27

Dubai in Peak Season

November to March is considered as the peak season of Dubai. Although, it is officially winter; there are lots of clear blue skies, bright sunshine, and mildly colder evenings with a gentle breeze. The weather makes it pleasant to explore all the outdoor activities like desert safari, going on picnics, lounging on the beach, or dining al-fresco. There is a short burst of rainfall expected, but nothing major to tamper your day.

Dubai in Shoulder Season

The months April, May, September, October make up the shoulder season of Dubai. These are the transitional months between summer and the other seasons. Although the temperature is hot, it is not unbearable like the peak summer heat. The sea temperature is anywhere around 28 degree Celsius making it perfect for swimming without battling the crowd. The accommodations rates are slightly lesser than peak season, and you can get a great discount on your other recreational activities.

Dubai in Low Season

The low season in Dubai is between June and August. It is summertime where the temperature hit their 40's and sometimes even 50 degrees Celsius. It is extremely hot and humid. Ensure that you hit the air-conditioned places like malls or simply relax in your hotel rooms. It is not advisable to visit the beach during the day time if you want to avoid a sun-stroke.

Somewhere during these months, the holy month of Ramadan takes place based on their lunar calendar. Even if you aren't fasting, there is a strict ban on smoking, drinking, and eating in public during the daylight hours. Even during the evening, things are really quiet and calm. But the hotels and spas offer heavy discounts to attract tourists.

Dubai in January

Dubai Weather in January
January is a pleasant time to visit Dubai with the winter sun peeking in and the cool evenings. The humidity is low and the maximum temperature is about 24 degrees Celsius with the lowest temperature being around 15 degree Celsius. You can cover more places, do more things, and generally enjoy being outdoors. Hence, this season is a peak tourist season. The UV levels will still be high, and it is ideal to pack some good sunblock creams.

Events and Festivals in January

1. New Year: Dubai is one of the happening destinations to celebrate New Year’s Eve. From epic parties with VIP performances, scrumptious food platter, to amazing fireworks, the atmosphere is simply electric.

2. Dubai Shopping Festival: To begin your year on a high note, the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) takes place during the entire month of January. There are some crazy sales and discounts that happen across entire stores attracting around 2 million people across Emirates and other countries. It is truly every shopper's delight to shop for such great brands with a great bargaining deal.

3. Dubai Marathon: This takes place during the last week of January and attracts world-class runners due to the unique landscape and great prizes.

4. Dubai Desert Classic: This golflf tournament has seen some of the world's greatest golfers taking part in this event.

Dubai in February-March

Dubai Weather in February
February and March is the perfect time to go sunbathing in Dubai. The weather is great and is anywhere between 28 degree Celsius to 16 degree Celsius making the coolest annual temperature to be recorded. It is still the peak season with so many events lined up and great weather for more time outdoors. You can expect some mild rainfall for 3 to 4 days during this season bringing in about 34 mm rainfall.

Events and Festivals 

1. Valentine's Day: It is celebrated with extra oomph and fare over here. From helicopter tours to hot air balloon rides everything spells luxury.

2. Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championship: This tournament takes place and sees top players around the world including Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, and Lindsay Davenport.

3. Dubai Jazz Festival: This eclectic festival covers all types of jazz including contemporary, fusion, modern, and rock.

4. Dubai International Boat Show: It has live events, family entertainment, match racing, sailing and fishing trips, and more.

5. Art Dubai: This festival which features galleries around the world. 

6. Dubai World Cup: This is the world's richest horse race and happens in late March. It comprises of 11 competitive races. It is a glamorous social event with 10 million US dollar as the prize.

Dubai in April

Dubai Weather in April
The summer is not there yet, but the temperature starts to rise this month. The average temperature is around 32 degree Celsius. Rainfall is very unlikely, and it is better to pack your UV Filter sunglasses, sunblock, and loose-fitting cotton clothes.

Events & Festivals in April
Dubai Food Festival is an annual event for all the food lovers. You get a chance to meet your favourite celebrity chef, check out fabulous cooking demos, and also get great discounts at most sought after restaurants.

Dubai in May

Weather
This is the start of the summer season with temperatures sizzling at 37 degrees. There are no clouds, and the sun shines through 11 hours. Staying hydrated with lots of water and taking regular dips at sea can help you stay cool in the weather.

Dubai in June-July-August

Dubai Weather in June, July and August
It is the peak of the summer season with the sun shining harshly for over 12 hours. The temperature rises to a whopping 40 to 42 degrees with a lot of heatwaves. It is highly recommended to stay indoors during the day time. There are a lot of hotels which gives you killer deals on stay and food. Also, Dubai moves everything indoors this season which gives you plenty of opportunities to explore and relax.

Events & Festivals in June-July-August

1. Ramadan: The holy month of Ramadan falls between one of these months based on the local lunar calendar. Eating, smoking, singing, dancing, and even chewing gum are strictly prohibited. Live music and night clubs are shut down during this season. But, there is a traditional night market which happens during Ramadan.

2. Dubai Summer Surprises: This exciting festival kick-off which are spread over ten weeks with different themes such as food, arts, nature, adventure, etc. The hotels also offer shopaholic packages to attract more guests.

Dubai in September

Dubai Weather in September
The days start to get shorter during this season and the temperature drops slightly. The average temperature is still about 30 to 35 degrees. During evenings the temperature further drops to 27 degrees making the evening stroll a little more pleasant.

Events & Festivals in September
There is a 5-day music festival that happens during the mid-September which has concerts from favourite pop, rock, urban, Latin, and Arabian artists. There is also Dubai International Dance Festival which occurs during the same time attracting renowned dance companies across the world.

Dubai in October

Dubai Weather in October
While October is still hot, the temperature further drops to 30 to 25 degrees. It makes going for a swim in the sea or enjoying an al-fresco dinner more comfortable.

Events & Festivals in October
Being a desert, Dubai kicks off the Camel Racing season in October. It is usually held from 7 am to 9 am on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month. People from Saudi, Qatar and local owners participate in this festival.

Dubai in November

Dubai Weather in November
This month brings in much relief from the heat with an average temperature around 25 degrees with 21 degrees as the lowest temperature. While the crowds start coming in, it is recommended that you book for your accommodation at least a month in advance. It is a great time to be outdoors exploring what the city has to offer.

Events & Festivals in November
Dubai Design Week is the most anticipated event this month by the design community. It is aimed at celebrating the creative personas of the community through exhibitions, events, and installations across the city.

Dubai in December

Dubai Weather in December
The temperature is lovely this month with the highest temperature at 21 degrees Celsius and lowest at 17 degrees Celsius. The evenings are a bit cold, and you might need a jacket or a long-sleeved shirt. The sun shines only about 8 hours a day, but still, it is advisable to carry your sunglasses.

Events & Festivals in December

1. National Day: The 2nd of December signifies independence of the Emirates from Great Britain. All leading monuments of the city are open to the public with special programs through the day.

2. Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF): This is one of the top international events which bring together top actors, industry experts, writers, directors to promote the regional movies.

3. Dubai Rugby Sevens: This tournament takes place at the Sevens stadium. With 16 international teams competing over three days and various other events and shows planned, it keeps visitors across all age groups entertained.

Events in Dubai

Dubai Shopping Festival

December 26, 2018 - 2nd February 2019

The Dubai Shopping Festival is a dream come true for the shopping lovers around the globe, as the prices are slashed down to a substantial amount on popular brands during the festival. The festival carries on for more than a month, starting from the last week of December to the first week of February. Major brands, their showrooms spread across the city of Dubai, put up huge discounts on their products, making the deals inevitable for even the most reluctant shoppers. One can buy all sorts of products, from clothes to electronic accessories, from branded perfumes to food items, and from home décor materials to gold jewellery, the discounts on prices of all going up to a jaw-dropping 75%. The more than a month-long extravaganza offers the visitors much more than mere shopping in stores. There are fashion shows, kids’ fairs, food fests, fireworks and much more which provide the desert dreamland with an occasion to please its guests to the fullest.

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