Dubai brings to mind images of towering skyscrapers, golden sands and all things luxurious. This is a city that seamlessly blends old and new, glamour and tradition. One moment you could be atop the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – and the next, wandering the souks, the smell of spices in the air.
If you’re considering holidaying in this ever-evolving destination – be sure to take a look at our guide on the best things to do in Dubai – it’s worth thinking about when the best time to go to Dubai. And we’ve done all the hard work for you, bringing together all the things you need to know, from when to expect the best weather for sunbathing on Address Beach Resort to the time of year when you’ll find fewer tourists.
The best time of year to visit Dubai
November to February is considered to be the best time to visit Dubai , as temperatures are pleasant and there’s a buzz in the air with a range of events and activities from the Dubai Shopping and Food Festivals to the Dubai World Cup.
Average temperatures in November sit at around 25°C, with highs of 30°C and lows of a comfortable 19°C. This means November is an excellent choice for those looking to soak up some sunshine – with reliable suncream to hand, of course.
By February temperatures have cooled even further and are perfectly pleasant with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C, making Dubai a popular winter sun destination.
Peak tourist season in Dubai
Dubai’s high season is from November to April. This is when temperatures are at their most enjoyable, but you can expect higher costs for accommodation and more people at the city’s main attractions as a result. Peak season, however, is best for beach lovers and anyone wanting to make the most of Dubai’s outdoor activities, from desert safaris to exploring the waterways of Dubai Creek.
Dubai receives fewer tourists between the months of June and August, due to the scorching temperatures that can reach up to 40°C. However, with top-of-the-range air conditioning in the hotels, malls and restaurants, there are still plenty of things to enjoy away from the sun. If you prefer a quieter break, a trip to Dubai outside of peak season is a good idea.
If you're planning to visit Dubai during one of the annual half terms – these take place during February, May and October – expect higher prices. The demand for holidays during these periods is high and this could increase the cost of your trip. However, you'll always find great deals available to take advantage of. Take a look at our latest offers here.
Winter in Dubai - November to February
Spring is perfect for those looking to enjoy outdoor activities in and around the city. Warm temperatures guarantee a pleasant experience at Dubai’s family-focused theme parks such as IMG Worlds of Adventure or Dubai Parks and Resorts.
Spring in Dubai - March to May
Pleasant sea temperatures and high sunshine hours make the months between March and May months most similar to spring as we know it. While you won’t see blooms of flowers, as the city sits on the edge of the desert, you can take part in activities outside. During this time of year, the days are starting to become hotter and last longer, while nighttime temperatures are dropping so be sure to take along a light jacket for the evening.
Summer in Dubai - June to August
During the summer months, visitors to Dubai will experience an average of 10-12 hours of daylight and will need to seek shade during the main part of the day, when temperatures are extremely hot. Activities are best enjoyed in the early mornings and late evenings, and you’ll find many attractions are quieter as summer in Dubai is considered to be the off-peak season.
Autumn in Dubai - September to October
As with spring, you can expect warm weather and sunny days when visiting Dubai in autumn. There is still an average of about 10 hours of daylight to enjoy during these months and sea temperatures are pleasant too, so a day at the beach certainly isn’t off the cards.
Average temperatures in Dubai
Dubai enjoys warm temperatures all year round with average highs of 36°C in August, while the lowest average temperatures (around 19°C) can be expected in January.
Best time to travel to Dubai, for…
Enjoying the beach (April)
With average temperatures of 26°C and sea temperatures of 25°C, April is the ideal month for those who love everything related to sun, sea and surf.
Fun theme parks (July - August)
It may be the hottest time of year, but Dubai’s theme parks and waterparks are still a great activity with air-conditioned attractions, water-based fun for cooling off and plenty of shade. Plus, because you’ll be visiting during the off-peak season you can take advantage of shorter queues, which is always a bonus!
Sightseeing in Dubai (November)
From the Burj Khalifa to the Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel, there are plenty of sights to soak up in Dubai. The best time to travel for sightseeing in Dubai is during November and you’ll have warm – but not unbearable – temperatures making wandering around the marina, the souks or along The Walk at JBR, a waterfront strip lined with shops and restaurants, a pleasant experience.
Find out what to do and where to go with our transport guide in Dubai or discover a different side to Dubai with our Alternative Guide, showcasing the best of the city’s cultural, wellness and fashion attractions.
Shopping in Dubai (January)
Visit in January to experience the month-long Dubai Shopping Festival, where the many shopping malls and designer shops in and around the city offer discounts on items – much better than the January sales back home!
Visiting Dubai during Ramadan
Yes, Dubai is still open and welcome to visitors during the month of Ramadan but it’s important you are respectful of this event and the cultural expectations surrounding it. This means you must not eat, drink or smoke in public – but hotel restaurants typically do not enforce this rule.
You can assume that most shops and cafes will be shut during the day and open again at around 7.30pm when those observing Ramadan break their fast. It is also important to keep in mind that some restaurants and bars may be closed or have different opening hours during Ramadan – speak to our Dubai travel experts for full details.
As the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the dates of Ramadan change each year. We suggest checking the dates before booking your trip.
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Dubai is most definitely a year-round destination, whether you’re seeking a sun-filled break, desert adventure or cultural exploration. Take a look at our Dubai holidays here to find the best deals and the best prices.