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Your Complete Guide to the Best Time and Season to Visit Dubai

Team AckoNov 25, 2022

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Best Time to Visit Dubai

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Best Season to Visit Dubai

Dubai doesn't have the iconic 4 seasons, but there are 3 travel seasons to identify before you travel. If you want to travel off the beaten path, Dubai is your place in the off-season. Love following the crowd? Visit during peak season! And finally, if you want the perks of the peak season without the crowds, choose the shoulder season in Dubai. Let’s find out the best season to visit Dubai! 

Peak Season 

The peak season for the desert wonderland that is Dubai is during winter and spring, from around November and ending in April. Peak season is when travelers flock to Dubai to enjoy the best weather, and some of the finest events in the world. Not surprisingly, this also happens to be the most expensive time to visit! 

Dubai's peak season is the best time to visit Dubai weather wise, to immerse yourself in Dubai's exciting outdoor experiences. Conde Nast Traveler notes that whether you're an adventurer or enjoy the finer side of life, Dubai has an event, activity, or experience for you. 

Shoulder Season 

The shoulder season is the period of time between Dubais's peak season and off-season. Dubai's shoulder season is spring and fall, which are April and May, and September and October, respectively. You can dodge the scorching Dubai sun, and the freezing desert winter during these ideal months. 

Low Season

Dubai is a desert, its scorching summers make it a hot, humid, and perhaps the worst time to visit Dubai from around June to August. Travel-wise, Dubai's low, or off, season is during summer, which also happens to be one of its cheapest seasons. Even though Dubai's hottest summer days can exceed temperatures of 43°C (109°F), the desert city knows how to handle the heat. With air-conditioned malls and indoor activity centers, there's still plenty to do in Dubai.   

Best month to visit Dubai

Explore more about the best time to go to Dubai month by month in this article. You'll find handy tips when you plan a trip to this desert wonderland!

Dubai in January 

Set in peak season, January is the perfect time to get booted and suited for unlimited fun and play. Expect temperatures to average 20°C (67°F) in January, so be sure to take a light coat or scarf/shawl. According to Lonely Planet, Dubai is definitely the Shopping Haven of the world. The Dubai Shopping Festival happens city-wide across malls, shopping centers, and participating stores. It starts in December and goes on until January. 

  • Temperature 

    • 20°C (67°F)

  • Events 

    • New Year's Events around Dubai 

    • Global Village 

    • Dubai Shopping Festival 

  • Reason to visit 

    • The weather starts becoming pleasant and there are a wealth of outdoor activities to explore.

  • Know before you go

    • Wear light coats and shawls to stay warm during the cooler desert night.

Dubai in February

The weather starts warming up in February, as activities and outdoor attractions are in full swing. Plan your itinerary by visiting the magical lost world of Atlantis at The Palm, Jumeirah. Take a dip at Dubai's gamed beaches, as the waters warm up. February is also Dubai's only rainy season, so pack an umbrella and rain gear.

  • Temperature 

    • 21°C (70°F)

  • Events 

    • Global Village 

    • Taste Dubai food festival, February 3-5, 2023

    • Jackson Wang magic show, February 4, 2023

    • IIFA Awards 2023

  • Why should you visit this month

    • Pleasant temperature compared to the rest of the year. 

    • The days are sunny and the evenings are perfectly cool. 

  • What to know before you travel

    • Pack swimwear and rain gear together, to enjoy water from above and water down on Earth.

Dubai in March

You haven't visited Dubai if you haven't experienced a traditional desert safari! March is the best time to visit Dubai from India, when you can plan a desert safari with your family. Expect a mini "dune bashing" trip across meandering sand valleys as you make your way to an evening of exotic music, delightful food, and extravagant entertainment. 

  • Temperature 

    • 24°C (74°F)

  • Events 

    • Global Village 

    • Dubai Desert Safari

    • Stand Up Comedy, March 4, 2023

  • Why should you visit this month

    • As spring turns into summer, the weather is still just right for the last of the outdoor activities such as desert safaris

  • What to know before you travel

    • Spring is an ideal time to enjoy Dubai's beaches, as the sun isn't scorching hot yet 

Dubai in April

  • Temperature 

    • 24°C (74°F) 

  • Events 

    • Global Village 

    • Joanne Mcnally - Live in Dubai, April 29, 2023

  • Why should you visit this month

    • Warmer days, still pleasant evenings, beaches are fun to enjoy and it's not too hot .

  • What to know before you travel

    • Summer in Dubai starts from next month, but be sure to pack a hat, sunscreen and summer fun gear. 

Dubai in May

Dubai's infamous summers start peaking from May onwards. May is smack in the middle of the off-season, and ideal for travelers looking for a leisurely trip. Make sure you pack sunscreen, hats, and hydrate often. Try to avoid going out during the hottest part of the day, around midday. If you want to hit the beaches, aim for afternoons. 

  • Temperature 

    • 32°C (90°F)

  • Events 

Most of the exciting events come to a close, so consider visiting these tourist attractions: 

  • Top of Burj Khalifa 

  • Jumeirah Kite Beach 

  • Al Seef indoor market 

  • Dhow Cruise

  • Why should you visit this month

    • Weather is pleasantly warm and the ideal time for a dip in one of Dubai's many pristine beaches 

  • What to know before you travel

    • Check out Al-Khan beach and Jumeirah Kite Beach 

Dubai in June

As the mercury soars, outdoor activities start slowing down. Opt for cool indoor activities such as the Ski World in Dubai's Mall of the Emirates. Locals favor long, loose, and light clothing when summer approaches, to beat the heat and stave off dehydration. 

  • Temperature 

    • 34°C (94°F)

  • Events

    • Most of the exciting events come to a close, so consider visiting these tourist attractions 

    • Dubai Eye/Ain Dubai at Bluewaters Dubai 

  • Why should you visit this month

    • If you enjoy warm weather and beach vacations, this is the best time for you to travel. 

  • What to know before you travel

    • Hydrate! One of the biggest dangers to travelers is dehydration; when traveling to a hot destination during peak summer.  

    • Wear loose, light clothing, with a hat or cap on top, that allows air to circulate around your body.

    • Try to stay indoors, Dubai has limitless indoor fun and play. 

Dubai in July

Summer starts peaking this month, so you'll want to beat the Dubai heat with indoor activities. This is one of the best months for the budget traveler, as it is the off-season. If you're venturing out, choose the cooling excitement of extravagant water parks such as Wild Wadi. 

  • Temperature 

    • 36°C (97°F)

  • Events

Most of the exciting events come to a close, so consider visiting these tourist attractions:  

  • Top of Burj Khalifa 

  • Jumeirah Kite Beach 

  • Al Seef indoor market 

  • Dhow Cruise

  • Why should you visit this month

    • Schools are out for the summer holidays, make the most of it in indoor attractions across Dubai. 

    • Cheap travel and accommodation rates city-wide. 

  • What to know before you travel

    • Hydrate! One of the biggest dangers to travelers is dehydration when traveling to a hot destination during peak summer. 

    • Wear loose, light clothing, with a hat or cap on top, that allows air to circulate around your body.

    • Try to stay indoors, Dubai has limitless indoor fun and play. 

Dubai in August

With temperatures that can cross 50°C, it's advisable not to venture out during the hottest part of the day. Tourists will enjoy the warm summer nights by bodies of water, such as by the beach, near the Burj Fountain, and creeks. August is the best month for finding the best deals on hotels and restaurants.

  • Temperature 

    • 37°C (98°F)

  • Events 

  • Why should you visit this month

    • Affordable hotel and travel prices 

    • Off-season is less crowded and you can find the best deals

  • What to know before you travel

    • Hydrate! One of the biggest dangers to travelers is dehydration when traveling to a hot destination during peak summer 

    • Wear loose, light clothing, with a hat or cap on top, that allows air to circulate around your body

    • Try to stay indoors, Dubai has limitless indoor fun and play

Dubai in September

  • Temperature 

    • 34°C (93°F)

  • Events 

  • Why should you visit this month

  • What to know before you travel

  • Tips 

Dubai in October

It's almost a Dubai Fall, y'all. The weather starts becoming pleasant, dropping from summer's scorching 40-50° C to bearable temperatures that hover around 30° C. While still warm most of the day, you can enjoy swimming at the beach and indoor activities by day, and exploring Dubai's food and fun scene by night. The most-awaited event of the year, Global Village, opens in October and stays open until around April. 

  • Temperature 

    • 30°C (87°F)

  • Events 

    • Global Village 

    • Reopening of Expo 2020 Dubai venue to the general public

  • Why should you visit this month

    • Dubai's winter begins in October, get ready to enjoy outdoor events and cooler nights

  • What to know before you travel

    • The sun still shines for around 10 hours every day, but not as aggressive as summer. Have fun night and day in October! 

Dubai in November 

The best time to visit Dubai for honeymoon couples is from November to March/April. From sun, sand, and surf, to shopping, Dubai is the ideal honeymoon locale. Newlyweds can revel in winter honeymoon magic by exploring Dubai's nightlife, savoring tantalizing meals at the finest restaurants, and unwinding at the best hotels in the world. 

  • Temperature 

    • 26°C (78°F)

  • Events 

    • Global Village 

    • Gumball 3000

    • Ripe Market

  • Why should you visit this month

    • Many of Dubai's hottest events and activities begin in and from November onwards. 

    • Winter is best time to visit Dubai 2022 as it is cooler and offers a wealth of tourist-y events. 

  • What to know before you travel

    • Winter is here, make sure you pack warmer clothes, even though the sun is out for around 10 hours daily, but much less hotter 

Dubai in December

The biggest shopping in the world happens in Dubai. December and January is when the Dubai Shopping Festival happens, when shopaholics can shop until they drop into Dubai's rejuvenating dining and relaxation scene. 

  • Temperature 

    • 21°C (71°F)

  • Events 

    • Global Village 

    • UAE National Day, December 2

    • NYE Celebrations at Burj Khalifa and Atlantis

    • SOLE Dubai, music and arts festival

  • Why should you visit this month

    • December is the best month to visit Dubai, with events throughout the cooler month of the year. Make sure to head out for National Day celebrations and New Years Eve festivities! 

  • What to know before you travel

    • Pack warmer clothes, socks, and a scarf for cooler nights that hit around 18°C/60°C

Cheapest time to visit Dubai

The height of summer is the low season, due to Dubai's infamous sweltering heat. Travelers generally avoid Dubai during summer when outdoor activities go out the window. The low season is also the cheapest time to visit Dubai. Travel prices and tourism packages are cheaper during the summer. There are several ways to maximize your Dubai trip budget. Utilize entertainment discount apps such as Entertainer for the best deals around town. 

Expensive time to visit Dubai

Peak season, from November to April, is the most expensive time to visit Dubai as demand is high. Expect crowds at major tourist attractions, and low availability at hotels, events, and activity destinations as holiday makers crowd the city.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

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How many days are enough for a Dubai visit?

Trying to squeeze the biggest holiday destination in the world into your itinerary? Ideally, you need at least 4-5 days to experience Dubai! 

When is the cheapest time to visit Dubai? 

If you want to travel to Dubai on a budget, the best time to visit would be in the shoulder and off-season which runs from April to around October. 

What is the best time to travel to Dubai for shopping? 

Shopaholics love December and January for the Dubai Shopping Festival. Expect prices to be slashed on your favorite products all throughout Dubai. 

What should I wear in Dubai? 

Do in Dubai as the Dubai locals do! Dressing "modest" is not enforced but stays in accordance with Dubai's culture. Wear loose, light, and flowy clothing, to keep heat at bay and allow air to circulate. If you're a female tourist visiting a mosque, you will need to cover bare arms and legs, as well as your hair. 

Can I consume alcohol in Dubai? 

It is illegal to drink alcohol in public, but travelers can do so at licensed restaurants and bars. 

What are Dubai's COVID-19 travel rules and regulations? 

  1. RT-PCR requirements have slowed down since February 2022. 

  2. Fully vaccinated travelers do not need a pre-boarding test or to undergo quarantine in Dubai.

  3. Wearing a face mask is no longer mandatory, but suggested. 

Can I eat during Ramadan? 

Although Dubai is a more modern Emirate, eating and drinking in public during daylight hours in Ramadan is frowned upon. You can still buy food and drink and eat at restaurants however.

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