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Month by Month Breakdown of the Temperature in Dubai

A vacation trip to Dubai is your ultimate ticket to promenades of sugary beaches, world class shopping and exorbitant structures.Owing to its unrivalled location within the northern desert belt, Dubai enjoys a tropic desert climate all year round, which is further divided into two seasons – hot and hotter!

Although the weather in Dubai may call for some scattered rainfall, it only occurs during the months of December, January, February, and March. Regardless of its arid climate, Dubai ranks in at the seventh world’s top destinations to visit, and in terms of numbers, that’s roughly an astounding 20 million tourists by the end of the decade. 

Tourists are often alerted against visiting this premier playground in the summer months of June to September, when temperatures soar over 45° Celsius. Adding to this is the Holy month of Ramadan, where stringent rules apply against smoking, eating and drinking during the day.

On a brighter note, this may be a good time to visit for shopping buffs as there are bargains all over the place and guests who’ve opted to stay at one of the many luxurious hotels.

In terms of hotels, rates are drastically lower during the summer, with all inclusive prices offered by majestic hotels such as the Altantis the Palm and the Burj Al Arab.

The winter season in Dubai spans across the months of November until March, and receives a surge of tourists each year.

Temperatures during this period range from 25° - 27°C, and is considered a peak time for tourism as it witnesses cool nights, warm days and sunny skies. Apart from lounging in the midst of unsurpassed luxury of your hotel suite in the summer months, there are several tourist highlights that are simply over the top.

Tucked away in the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai is the world’s largest indoor snow park, and is woven with 5 ski runs and an astounding 200ft mountain. Open all year round, Ski Dubai is a great place to take a break from the scorching heat and offers entertainment for all ages. Other summer highlights in Dubai include the infamous Dubai Shopping Festival, mega malls, the underground zoo with over 33, 000 exhibits and the Dubai Mall.

January: This is probably one of the best and busiest times to visit Dubai and witnesses a much desirable weather. Most of the activities during January are in full swing, but the highlight of the month is definitely the Dubai Shopping festival. Temperatures range between 19°c - 23°c with a few days of scattered rainfall.

February: Visiting Dubai in February is inviting with a host of activities including the Dubai International Jazz Festival and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.Temperatures range between 20°c - 24°c with an expected 4 days of rainfall.

March: March brings in the prestigious Dubai World Cup, which is a thoroughbred international horse race, which has attracted millions of spectators ever since its inception in 1996. Dubai climate in March is extremely pleasant, which temperatures ranging from 25° - 27°C.

April:  April is when things really start to heat up in Dubai, with temperatures in the range of 26°C- 32°C. This increased humidity may make you feel a little comfortable, but there are several highlights to pay a visit to including the magnificent Jumeirah Mosque, which is one of the largest of its kind in the UAE, and is revered for its unprecedented architectural grandeur.

May: Although Dubai is hot all year round, May is when things really spike up. With temperatures between 23 to 36 degrees Celsius, it is a good idea to stay well hydrated and wear lots of sunscreen. Weather such as this may make any activity a sheer disappointment, but you can slug it off with a round of golf at the Dubai Country Club’s Al Awir course or get inspired at the Dubai International property Show.

June: Visiting Dubai in June can definitely be challenging for some as it is absolutely hot. Regardless of this extremely humidity, there are a few tourist places of interest to visit including the Desert Safari Dubai, where there’s something for everyone from exploring the sand dunes and camel farms to sand boarding, tattooing and belly dancing. Temperatures reach approximately 38 degrees during mid-day so it is recommended that you avoid being outdoors as much as possible.

July:  Temperatures in July can reach a staggering 40 degrees so you may feel a bit uncomfortable especially if you’re outdoors for extended periods. This is a perfect time to visit the underwater zoo and aquarium, which are located at the Dubai Mall or simply soak in your hotels luxurious pool. Also, take note that July commences the Holy month of Ramadan, which usually last for 30 days and may have a significant effect on your vacation.

August: Even with humidity levels at their peak, August in Dubai is an excellent time for water lovers considering it showcases some of the highest water temperatures of the year at a whopping 35 degrees Celsius on average. Although you can head to one of the many public beaches to sunbath and take in a few unprecedented views of the cobalt blue waters, it is also a great opportunity to visit some of the most fascinating water theme parks in the world including the Arabian Themed Wild Wadi Water Park. Take note that while wearing swimming costumes and bikinis is accepted at beaches and water parks in Dubai, it is best that you respect the culture and refrain from wearing skimpy bikinis or going topless.

September: There’s a significant decrease in temperatures in the month of September, and although you may feel things getting cooler around you with lows of 25 degrees, the sun is still swelteringly powerful. September in Dubai is perfect for families and outdoor enthusiasts as many of the outdoor recreational facilities get ready for the peak season, and crowds are relatively small compared to other months. Some attractions to visit in the month of September in Dubai are the Dubai Zoo (oldest in the Arabian Peninsula), and for a unique experience, head to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

October: Even with the winter months around the corner, October in Dubai is practically warm and dry, but there’s definitely a lot to do including exploring Dubai’s Palm Islands, and checking out the Dolphin Bay at Atlantis the Palm.

November: November is when things start happening and is considered the best time to visit this Disneyland for adults. With favorable temperatures in the range of 18 to 31 degrees Celsius, there are myriad things to see and do. Spread across an astounding 2 miles of pristine landscape, the Dubai Marina is regarded as the largest man made marina in the world, and is highlighted with a number of cafes, restaurants and luxurious hotels.

December: If you’re missing the snow back home, Dubai’s got you covered with one of the largest Ski facilities in the world - Ski Dubai. You can enjoy the thrill and picturesque views of snow capped peaks even when it’s significantly hot outside. This is also a great time of year to simply take a stroll along any of the untouched beach promenades, and even experience the spectacular fireworks display at the tallest building in the world – the Burj Khalifa.

Dubai is home to a kaleidoscopeof attractions from the timeless bustle of the city to the tranquility of the desert, and paying a visit at any time of year is a remarkable experience.  

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