Best Time for Middle East Cruises

P1000817 (Jan Michael Pfeiffer)  CC BY-SA
On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Middle East Cruises. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Dubai, Muscat und Bahrain. 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 Middle East Cruises for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 14 °C to 41 °C
Waves Symbol 18 °C to 32 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 01.42 in (0 – 3 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 26.5 °C (Bahrain) and 27.7 °C (Muscat)
Show temperatures in degree

General information and popular routes

Orient cruises have experienced a real boom in recent years and continue to enjoy enormous popularity. No wonder, because besides great metropolises such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, fantastic weather conditions are particularly attractive.

Cruises through the United Arab Emirates and neighbouring regions such as the Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait or the Kingdom of Bahrain. All major shipping companies such as AIDA, TUI Cruises, Costa Cruises, MSC, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines offer emirate and oriental cruises.

Most of the routes start in the pulsating metropolis of Dubai, the flagship of the United Arab Emirates. The fascinating mix of ultra-modernity with the world’s highest buildings and world records on the assembly line as well as oriental flair as from 1001 nights offer the perfect introduction for every cruise.

The most important cruise ports in the Orient besides Dubai are Abu Dhabi, Doha (Qatar), Muscat and Khasab (Oman), Manama (Bahrain), Khor Fakkan, Salalah and the island Sir Bani Yas. Depending on the route and duration of the cruise, the trips are mainly supplemented by places such as Aqaba (Jordan), Safaga / Luxor and the Suez Canal (Egypt), Mumbai, Kochi or Goa (all in India) or ports in Turkey.

Oriental cruises offer a high degree of variety, exciting land excursions and impressive attractions.

Emirates: Climate on Oriental Cruises

MS Europa 2 Pool (Alexander Mirschel) The climate in the shipping routes of the Orient and the United Arab Emirates can be described primarily as a desert climate and in many regions also has tropical trains. All places have in common the high temperatures all year round with sometimes extreme heat during the summer months, especially May to September.

Usually Oriental cruises are in any case outside the high summer, the climatic conditions from autumn to spring are very stable and extremely pleasant. Rain is almost never to be expected in the Orient, there is also no classical rainy season with the exception of the monsoon (in high summer) in Oman.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi still reach temperatures of 30 °C and more every day even in November, the coolest months are January and February with average day temperatures of 24 °C to 25 °C. The water temperature in the Emirates ranges between 21 °C (January) and up to 32 °C in summer. It is therefore suitable for swimming all year round.

Best Time to Visit Middle East Cruises: Overview

JanuaryJan
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate
FebruaryFeb
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate
MarchMar
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate
AprilApr
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate
MayMay
Good time to traveltime
but very hotbut very hot
JuneJun
Extreme heat
permanently very hot
JulyJul
Extreme heat
permanently very hot
AugustAug
Extreme heat
permanently very hot
SeptemberSep
Good time to traveltime
but very hotbut very hot
OctoberOct
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate
NovemberNov
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate
DecemberDec
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate

Best time to travel for Oriental cruises


In general, the summer in the Orient is almost unbearably hot for Europeans, even if a cruise could theoretically cool down a bit due to the airstream. But even during shore leave, every step becomes a torture at temperatures of up to 50 °C under the yellin’ sun.

The best travel season for Oriental cruises therefore starts around mid-October and lasts until around the end of April. The travel period between November and March is particularly ideal for us. The two months of May and September are still reasonably well suited for heat-insensitive people, but often reach values of 40 °C and more.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Middle East Cruises) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
Dubaiall except June, July, August, and September
MuscatJanuary, February, March, April, October, November, and December
Bahrainall except June, July, August, and September

Climate Charts Middle East Cruises

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

Show Climate Chart for    

Dubai

Climate Chart Dubai
Show temperatures in degree

Muscat

Climate Chart Muscat
Show temperatures in degree

Bahrain

Climate Chart Bahrain
Show temperatures in degree

Day Temperatures

Show temperatures in degree

Night Temperatures

Show temperatures in degree

Average Temperatures

Show temperatures in degree

Water Temperatures

Show temperatures in degree

Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

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

Climate Tables Middle East Cruises

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Middle East Cruises, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
Show climate table for    

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Dubai (Middle East Cruises)

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
Show temperatures in degree
Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Dubai is 27.2 °C.

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

Warmest month: August (34.9 °C)
Coldest month: January (18.9 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Dubai 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 in Dubai.

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.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Muscat (Middle East Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature24°26°30°35°38°38°37°35°35°34°30°27°
Night Temperature15°18°20°23°27°31°29°28°26°25°20°17°
Water Temperature24°23°25°27°30°32°32°31°30°30°28°26°
Precipitation (inch)1.020.960.630.670.280.040.010.0300.040.270.52
Rainy days322210000012
Hours of Sunshine999101111991010109
Show temperatures in degree
Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Muscat is 27.7 °C.

Warmest month: June (34.5 °C)
Coldest month: January (19.4 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Muscat 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: 4.46 inch on 13 rainy days

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

You cannot expect snow in any month in Muscat.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, May is the sunniest month with an average of 11.2 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 9.6 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Bahrain (Middle East Cruises)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature20°21°25°29°34°36°38°38°37°33°28°22°
Night Temperature14°15°18°22°26°29°30°31°29°26°21°16°
Water Temperature19°18°23°27°27°27°29°32°27°27°25°24°
Precipitation (inch)0.570.630.550.390.0400000.020.150.43
Rainy days222100000012
Hours of Sunshine788910111111101097
Show temperatures in degree
Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Bahrain is 26.5 °C.

Warmest month: August (34.3 °C)
Coldest month: January (17.1 °C)

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

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all months

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all except January, and February

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 2.79 inch on 10 rainy days

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

You cannot expect snow in any month in Bahrain.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 11.3 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 9.2 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Popular Activities

More attractions

Red Dune Safari with Sandboarding, Camel Ride & BBQ Options | Burj Khalifa Tickets and Tour: Level 124, 125 and 148 | Abu Dhabi Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Dubai | Dubai Desert Safari Red Dune: BBQ, Camel Ride & Sandboarding | Dubai: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 1 Day, 3 Day or 7 Day | Dubai: Fountain Show and Lake Ride by Traditional Boat | Burj Khalifa Sunset Tickets: Level 124 & 125 |

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
The next days …
18th Nov 201819th Nov 201820th Nov 201821st Nov 201822nd Nov 201823rd Nov 2018
sky is clear26 °C to 29 °Cfew clouds24 °C to 29 °Csky is clear23 °C to 28 °Csky is clear23 °C to 29 °Clight rain25 °C to 29 °Csky is clear23 °C to 30 °C
26 °C to 29 °C24 °C to 29 °C23 °C to 28 °C23 °C to 29 °C25 °C to 29 °C23 °C to 30 °C
Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 12 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 1 %Clouds: 0 %
No PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
Show temperatures in degree

Cruises: Regions

Middle East Cruises is part of the holiday destination Cruises. 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:

Share your Experience and Win

We want to know: how was the weather during your Middle East Cruises holiday? You can win a travel coupon of 1000 $. The price will be raffled among all submissions. Info Icon
When was your Middle East Cruises holiday?
Please rate the weather with 0 to 5 stars.
Describe the travel weather during your holiday in your own words!
First Name
years old
E-Mail (voluntary disclosure, will not be shared)
All information entered will be stored according to our privacy policy.
Muscat Hafeneinfahrt  (Alexander Mirschel)
Sonnenuntergang Orient Kreuzfahrt (Alexander Mirschel)
Cruising Jumeirah beach shoreline (Pete the painter)  CC BY-ND

Dubai: cruise hub of the Orient

Destinations in the Vicinity …

Preview: Best Time to Travel Danube River Cruises
Best Time to Travel Danube River Cruises
including Climate Table and Climate Chart
Preview: Best Time to Travel Lombok
Best Time to Travel Lombok
including Climate Table and Climate Chart
Preview: Best Time to Travel Russia
Best Time to Travel Russia
including Climate Table and Climate Chart
Preview: Best Time to Travel Myanmar
Best Time to Travel Myanmar
including Climate Table and Climate Chart
Preview: Best Time to Travel Russian Far East
Best Time to Travel Russian Far East
including Climate Table and Climate Chart
Preview: Best Time to Travel Iran
Best Time to Travel Iran
including Climate Table and Climate Chart