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Best Time to Visit Dubai - Weather, Temperature & Season Information

Best time to visit Dubai - well, this is largely based on your personal interests, being Dubai acknowledged as a year-round holiday spot. And this section breaks down this topic as per your preferences and top travel seasons. This also covers a brief month by month guide.

Best Time To Visit Dubai According To Travel Seasons

Peak Season: November through March is the best season to visit Dubai. Among these, December and January are the most vibrant months, as visitors (from all over the globe) swarm the city for the extraordinary seasonal attractions and events held during this period, mainly Christmas Festivities, New Year’s Eve, DSF etc. Add to this refreshing weather accompanied by cool and pleasant ambience.

Shoulder Season: The shoulder season in Dubai is during the late spring months (April and May) and autumn months (September and October). The greatest perk of visiting Dubai during these months is that you’ll be able to get rid of blistering hot while still enjoying some amazing discount on accommodation and travel tickets.

Less-Touristy Season: June to August – this is when summer heat in Dubai reaches is at its highest. It’s also the time when the majority of the expats here fly back to their home country, thus leaving the place almost empty. Not to mention, you can look forward to enjoy some unbelievable discounts on your favorite activities, hotel rooms etc. That said, be sure to pack a light jacket as the indoor attractions will be super cool and air-conditioned.

Best Time To Visit Dubai According To Your Preferences

Best Time for Budget Holidays: Come here during summer months, especially July and August. Being summer heat at its peak, most visitors don’t prefer to travel Dubai during these months which make the place less crowded. The bonus is that airline tickets, accommodation (even in a high end hotel or resort) etc will easily fall into your budget. Al though these months are not ideal for outdoor activities, you’ll still be able to make the most of the city’s many indoor, air-conditioned attractions such as malls, amusement parks, escape rooms etc.

Best Time for Foodies: Dubai, on the whole, is a haven for foodies. But, if you wish to savor diverse culinary flavors from different parts of the world under a single roof, the most ideal time to visit here during winter months, particularly December, January and February. After all, this is the time when Global Village becomes active while representing art, culture, and cuisines, among others, from across the world. You’ll also get to participate in exclusive events such as Dubai Food Festival.

Best Time for Newly Weds & Couples: The winter months from December to March is the most appropriate time. This allows you for some romantic experiences including Overnight Desert Safari, Hot Air Balloon Ride etc.

Best Time for Outdoor Enthusiasts: November to March is the most recommended time for those who love outdoors. Whether you’re looking to engage in water sport activities (like Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle and Jet Skiing) or desert exclusive activities (such as Sandboarding, Quad Biking and Camel Ride), the cool, pleasant climate during these months is certain to add to your experience.

Best Time for Shoppers: Dubai is home to over 70 malls including the world’s biggest mall (Dubai Mall), which itself indicates that Dubai is a shoppers’ paradise all through the year. But if you want to enjoy some astonishing discounts (30% - 70% or maybe sometimes up to 90%) and even win prizes worth jaw-dropping amounts, the best time to visit here is undoubtedly during the one-month long DSF (Dubai Shopping Festival). It begins towards the end of December and last till February.

Best Time To Visit Dubai According To Month

January: Immerse yourself in the city wide celebrations as part of the New Year Festivities and Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). Chilly (yet pleasant) nights with milder temperatures during day allow for some great outing.

February: Enjoy cool salubrious climate and participate in an array of festivals, events and activities including Dubai Crown Prince Camel Festival, Dubai Food Festival, Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival, and Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

March: The spring season in Dubai kicks off, making it the most ideal time to experience its beaches and further indulge in a spectrum of water sports like parasailing, jet skiing etc. You’ll also get to participate in the prestigious Dubai World Cup, Art Dubai, and Dubai Challenge Cup, among other events.

April: Weather is warming up but is still ideal for sightseeing and witness some incredible events such as Al Marmoom Heritage Festival and World Art Dubai.

May: Temperature continues to rise and this is the time to experience the region’s religious spirit, with Ramadan in Dubai and finally Eid Al Fitr.

June: As summer has officially begun, expect Dubai to be sweltering hot. You can visit shopping malls, theme parks and be part of events like Dubai Sports World and Dubai Soca Fest.

July: Despite scorching summer heat, gear up for some exciting fun, activities and deals as part of the city’s Eid Al Adha celebrations.

August: Summer in Dubai may be at its highest in this month. That said, some remarkable surprises await you here by way of Dubai Summer Surprises which comes with an exciting line-up of cool shopping deals, amusing family-based activities and awe-inspiring events.

September: Weather has begun to cool down but it’s still pretty hot in Dubai and also one of the best times to make the most of its attractions such as Ski Dubai and Dubai Ice Rink.

October: This is usually the time when the region’s most seasonal attractions become active, such as Dubai Miracle Garden, Global Village, Dubai Garden Glow and Dubai Dinosaur Park. And this time, it’s extra special as the six-month Dubai EXPO 2020 begins on October 20, 2020.

November: A blend of mildly warmer days and refreshingly cooler evenings makes it one of the best times to experience Dubai’s stunning outdoors. Visit gardens, indulge in water sports and try activities such as XLine zipline adventure. Add to this some exciting events including Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens.

December: As the temperature drops down significantly, the whole region becomes magical with an extensive repertoire of activities and events. National Day, DSF and New Year’s Eve festivities are just a few to mention.

Precisely, whenever you plan to visit Dubai, one thing is sure that there is something distinct and exceptional to look forward to in this wonderful destination.

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