Best Time to Visit Dubai

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Dubai. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Dubai. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Dubai for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 14 °C to 41 °C
Waves Symbol 21 °C to 32 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 01.42 in (0 – 2 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with around 2 million inhabitants and also the capital of the Emirate of Dubai.

Dubai is located in the north of the country directly on the Persian Gulf. Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the nearest other states.

There are few other large cities in the vast desert of the Emirates, the nearest city is Abu Dhabi, about 62 miles southwest.

The distance to Muscat in Oman is just under 250 miles to the east, while Doha in Qatar is about the same distance to the west.

Besides Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the most important holiday resorts in the United Arab Emirates are neighbouring Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Fujaira.

The climate in Dubai

Dubai - Burj Al Arab - Helicopter View (Sam valadi)  CC BY Dubai has a very pronounced desert climate, it is very dry and hot all year round. In summer (MaySeptember) temperatures above 40 °C can be reached regularly, the average daytime temperature is already above 30 °C during this time, as it hardly cools down at night.

Even in winter it is still pleasantly warm in Dubai, the lows are around 15 °C. During the day, a pleasant 24 °C are reached even in the coldest month of January. The water temperature varies in the course of the year between 21 °C to 32 °C. At these temperatures you can bathe comfortably 365 days a year.

In Dubai it is extremely dry, in the summer months there is almost no precipitation, also in winter and in spring it rains very little. There is no natural snow in winter, but the Mall of the Emirates has an artificially created ski area.

According to the aforementioned climatic conditions the weather in Dubai is very bright and sunny all year round, in the summer months the sun shines on average 10 to 11 hours per day, in winter it is still 8 hours.

Best Time to Visit Dubai: Overview

JanuaryJan
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MayMay
Hot
up to 37 °C in the shadow
JuneJun
Very hot
39 °C average in the shadow on the day
JulyJul
Very hot
41 °C average in the shadow on the day
AugustAug
Very hot
41 °C average in the shadow on the day
SeptemberSep
Very hot
39 °C average in the shadow on the day
OctoberOct
Hot
up to 35 °C in the shadow
NovemberNov
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When to travel to Dubai?


As there is no rainy season and no storms in Dubai, a trip throughout the year is basically possible. Especially in summer, however, it is so extremely hot in the United Arab Emirates that the temperatures are perceived as unpleasant by some people. On the other hand, hotels now offer enormous discounts and offers even during the holiday season due to the heat.

However, we recommend the winter and spring months as the best time to travel to Dubai (UAE) is during these seasons in Dubai. Specifically, you can expect December and April between 24 °C to 32 °C with 8 to 10 hours of sunshine. At night it cools down pleasantly, but nobody has to freeze. The coldest month in Dubai is January, which is not always the only time for swimming.

Climate Chart Dubai

Climate Chart Dubai
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Dubai

In the following, you will find the climate table for Dubai, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature24°25°28°32°37°39°41°40°39°35°31°26°
Night Temperature14°15°17°20°24°26°29°29°26°23°18°15°
Water Temperature22°21°23°25°27°30°31°32°32°30°27°25°
Precipitation (inch)0.431.420.870.310.04000000.080.55
Rainy days121100000001
Hours of Sunshine88810111110101010108
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature is 27 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (34.6 °C)
Coldest month: January (18.6 °C)

The maximum water temperature is 32 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 3.7 inch on 6 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 11.4 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 9.6 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights of the city


Over the last 25 years, Dubai has developed from a white spot on the map to an absolute high-tech metropolis. You will find huge shopping centres like the Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, gigantic skyscrapers like the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) and spectacular hotels like the Burj Al Arab.

The other prestigious local luxury hotel, the world-famous Atlantis The Palm is located on a huge, sandy palm-like island by the sea. It is one of the most important sights in Dubai.

A boat trip on Dubai Creek, a shopping spree on the gold and spice souks or a stroll along the impressive yachts at Dubai Marina are also a must. At Burj Khalifa, not only the breathtaking observation platform at lofty heights, but also the fountain water show on the ground attracts visitors.

Popular Activities

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Dubai (Station Shandaghah)
few clouds     few clouds, 27 °C
Clouds: 20 %       Wind: 9 mph NW
Air Pressure: 1016 hPa       Humidity: 74 %
Last updated: 18th Nov 2018, 05:00 am
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United Arab Emirates: Regions

Dubai is part of the holiday destination United Arab Emirates. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Dubai: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 19 reviews for Dubai holiday already. Average rating is 4.9 of 5 stars.
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    Renate Heiß, 56 years old was there in December

    Sunny 27 degrees, ideal weather for swimming and sightseeing.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Corinna , 33 years old was there in February

    Super pleasant warm weather.
    Water could have been a little warmer for our taste

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Daniela, 45 years old was there in February

    Great weather very nice warm…..where my joints were very pleased. Thank you

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Iris, 52 years old was there in May

    The weather was great. Sun from morning till evening. Would we go on holiday again and again.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Jürgen, 59 years old was there in February

    pleasantly warm, ideal for a city tour, light wind 28°C, Hopp on Hopp off buses highly recommended, also a desert tour in time

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Karin, 64 years old was there in February

    Fantastic weather, record cold weather in Germany and 6 1/2 flying hours away a pleasant 30 degrees, which were ideal to get to know the country.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Samira, 22 years old was there in February

    Mostly very sunny, but we had one day of rain. Nevertheless highly recommended!

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Birgit, 53 years old was there in June

    Temperatures between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius and very high humidity

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Simone, 28 years old was there in February

    Excellent temperatures to escape the cold everyday life in Germany. Very pleasant and also good for excursions.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Snjezana Saraf, 31 years old was there in June

    The weather was so wonderfully warm, so warm that I would like to be there again.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    doris, 53 years old was there in January

    a dream.madness.every day on the beach.
    full sun. from dawn till dusk

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Birgit, 58 years old was there in January

    It was warm in summer, often with strong winds, so that it was never too hot.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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