When to travel to Dubai

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Planning a trip to Dubai and wondering when to travel to get the best weather and hotel rates? With fluctuating weather and a noticeable high season, there are a few things to consider when planning your holiday in Dubai – whether you want to take advantage of the summer sales or the more moderate temperatures in spring.

Our experts have travelled extensively in Dubai and can give you personalised advice on the best time to visit this dynamic Middle East city. But ultimately the best time to visit Dubai depends on what you’re looking for. We’ve put together a guide for travel to Dubai to make planning your trip that little bit easier…

Budget Key

  • £ – Low season
  • ££ – Mid-range
  • £££ – High season



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The iconic view of the Burj Al Arab

Spring is one of the most beautiful times of year in Dubai when you can still walk around comfortably in short sleeve t-shirts. Pleasant temperatures in the high twenties during the day make for ideal beach weather with temperatures dropping to mid to high teens in the evenings.

February – March

  • Average temperature: 20 – 23° C
  • High temperature: 27° C
  • Low temperature: 15° C
  • Hours of sunshine: 8 – 9 hours
  • Rainfall: 10 – 40mm (4 – 6 days of rainfall)
  • Sea temperature: 22° C
  • Hotel rates: ££Find a good deal.

April – May

Between April and May, Dubai enjoys hot and sometimes humid days. It’s great weather for spending the day on the beach or beside the hotel pool.

  • Average temperature: 26 – 31° C
  • High temperature: 27° C
  • Low temperature: 24° C
  • Hours of sunshine: 10 – 11 hours
  • Rainfall: 10mm (less than 2 days of rainfall)
  • Sea temperature: 25 – 28° C
  • Hotel rates: ££ – Find a good deal.



The Dubai beach in summer

During the summer months, the temperatures begin to rise into the thirties and by June, the weather becomes sticky and humid with scorching temperatures well in the forties by July and August. Most of this time is spent between the air-conditioned rooms of your hotel, taxi and shopping mall – spending time outdoors during the hottest summer months can be unbearable.

BONUS: Low season sales! Get great discounts at your hotel with reduced prices on rooms and meals. Speak to us today about getting a great summer discount!

June – August

  • Average temperature: 33 – 35
  • High temperature: 40° C +
  • Low temperature: 26° C
  • Hours of sunshine: 10 – 12 hours
  • Rainfall: 10mm (0 days of rainfall)
  • Sea temperature: 31 – 33° C
  • Hotel rates: £ – Find a good deal.


Visiting Dubai during Ramadan

26 May to 24 June 2017

Ramadan, the Holy Month, is a huge religious celebration in Dubai and has a big impact on day to day life. Ramadan lasts for around 30 days and the locals spend most of this time indoors. Most cafes and restaurants outside of the tourist areas close during the day and things only liven up in the evening from around 19h30 when restaurants open and alcohol can once again be sold. Visitors are expected to be respectful and behave accordingly – eating, drinking or smoking in public is banned during daylight hours (hotel restaurants are usually unaffected).

BONUS: Many hotels will have special Ramadan menus with an “iftar” feast where Muslims break their fast each evening – these are usually buffets of Arabic and Emirati dishes. The benefit of travelling to Dubai during Ramadan is that there are plenty of Ramadan sales in the shops to take advantage of.



An aerial view of Dubai

By mid-September, the temperatures are cooling down but Dubai can be still a bit hot and humid for some travellers. While the afternoons are great for relaxing on the beach, dining outdoors is still quite ambitious and is recommended from October onwards when the moderate heat is more comfortable.

September – November

  • Average temperature: 25 – 33° C
  • High temperature: 38° C
  • Low temperature: 19° C
  • Hours of sunshine: 9 – 10 hours
  • Rainfall: 10mm (less than 1 day of rainfall)
  • Sea temperature: 27 – 33° C
  • Hotel rates: £££ (££ in September) – Find a good deal.



An aerial view of the city of Dubai

Dubai’s winter is very different to what most people are used to. Instead of cold fronts, the winter season is instead filled with plenty of sunshine with only a few days of rainfall in December and January. The winter months offer much more bearable temperatures in the high twenties that promise plenty of outdoor entertainment. Why not chat to us to today about spending Christmas on the beach?

December –  January

  • Average temperature: 19 – 21° C
  • High temperature: 26° C
  • Low temperature: 14° C
  • Hours of sunshine: 8 hours
  • Rainfall: 10 – 20mm (4 – 6 days of rainfall)
  • Sea temperature: 21 – 23° C
  • Hotel rates: ££ – Find a good deal.



Duty Free shopping in Dubai

  • Dubai Shopping Festival: January – February
  • Dubai Marathon: February
  • Dubai Desert Golf Classic: February – March
  • Dubai International Jazz Festival: February – March
  • Dubai Tennis Championships: February – March
  • Art Dubai: March – April
  • Dubai World Cup (horse racing): March – April
  • Festival of Taste: April – May
  • Dubai Summer Surprises: June – August
  • Rugby Sevens: November – December
  • Dubai International Film Festival: November – December
  • National Day Festival: November – December
  • Ramadan: June 2017 (changes each year)



Dubai desert safari


We recommend travelling to Dubai between November and March when the temperatures are moderate. Days are still very warm and sunny with temperatures in the high twenties but December and January can be cool with some rain. Keep in mind that this is high season so prepare to pay a higher rate – but finding a good hotel offer won’t be difficult. Browse our Dubai offers here or chat to an expert on 02031 317 602 to get a good Dubai holiday offer.

Our recommendations:

  • Book your flights up to six months in advance and you can save over a third of the cost
  • Schedule a weekday departure where possible – the cheapest day for outbound flights are Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Combine your trip to Dubai with another city or beach destination such as South Africa, Oman or Mauritius. Browse our multi-centres.
  • Upgrade to a Club Room to enjoy lounge access and free drinks, food and transfers – great value for money!
  • Visit one of Dubai’s excellent theme parks, such as Dubai parks, Jumeirah Hotels’ Wild Wadi Water Park and Atlantis’ Aquaventure Waterpark
  • Take advantage of Duty Free shopping and fantastic summer and Ramadan sales – most malls even have personal shoppers
  • Dine at a Michelin star restaurant such as STAY by Yannick Alléno at One&Only the Palm or award-winning NOBU and Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay at Atlantis the Palm
  • Experience Afternoon Brunch on weekends in Dubai where you’ll pay a set fee and enjoy unlimited food and drinks! We love Waldorf Astoria’s Secret Garden Brunch and the unusual Toy Brunch at the Westin Mina Seyahi. Speak to our Dubai experts for a great personal recommendation.
  • Book a desert safari and enjoy a wild 4×4 excursion into the Dubai Desert, complete with desert barbeque and Arabic entertainment – speak to us about adding this to your holiday today!


We’ve got fantastic competitive rates in Dubai. Plan your holiday to Dubai by visiting our website or chatting to one of our Dubai experts on 02031 317 602 today! 



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  1. Bablofil says:

    Thanks, great article.

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