When is the best time to visit UAE?
The best time to visit UAE is, quite expectedly, winter. December, January, and February see cooler climes with maximum temperatures hovering between 73.4°F to 77°F making it a very popular time for visitors to throng Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This is the time that many interesting events happen across the UAE, such as the popular Dubai Shopping Festival and National Day. Therefore, expect malls and other popular attractions to be packed around this time.
With average temperatures around 73°F, it is the coldest time of the year and one of the best times to visit the UAE. It is a popular season to visit the region, with New Year festivities and shopping festivals attracting visitors from all over the globe. Nighttime temperatures dip to the low 50s so do pack a few layers to keep you warm in the desert cold.
- Be awed by the grandeur of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
- Shop till you drop at the Dubai Shopping Festival
It is the rainiest month of the year but at a little less than two inches over the course of the month, it isn’t going to affect your sightseeing plans much. Temperatures show an upward trend with Dubai and Abu Dhabi day time highs at 77°F. Sea temperatures are in the mid-70s and perfect for those who are visiting the UAE from colder climes.
- Dine under a desert sky accompanied by mesmerizing Middle Eastern music and belly dancing
- Get an adrenaline rush as you go dune bashing in Abu Dhabi
It’s the last month of winter and temperatures are steadily rising. Thermometer readings hit 80°F during the day and nighttime lows are in the low 60s. Clear skies and warm temperature make it the perfect time to visit the beach.
- Discover the Dubai that was at the Al Fahidi Historic District
- Embark on a romantic dhow boat dinner cruise at Dubai Creek
It’s time to bring out the sunscreen because the UAE is about to get hot! Daytime highs in the 90s are common with readings sometimes crossing the 100°F mark. The waters of the Persian Gulf are at a warm 77°F making it a perfect time for a swim in the beach.
- Relish panoramic views from the world’s tallest building, the Burj Al Khalifa
- Enjoy the sun, sand and surf at the beaches of Dubai and Abu Dhabi
It’s sizzling hot with daytime high temperatures sometimes crossing 105°F! It’s time to slather on that sunscreen and drink plenty of liquids. Outdoor sightseeing becomes a challenge but the UAE has plenty of indoor, air-conditioned options to keep you entertained.
- Discover a fascinating underwater world at the Dubai Aquarium
- Savor traditional Ramadan delicacies as locals break fast every evening during the Holy month
Afternoon highs reach 104°F and nighttime lows are in the upper 70s making the entire month a period of extremely warm temperatures. It’s advisable to dress in cool cottons and linens and make sure that you stay hydrated. It’s low season and a good month to score travel deals and hotel discounts.
- Art connoisseurs, head to the Sharjah Art Museum
- Get a break from the heat at the world’s largest indoor ski park – Ski Dubai
It is one of the hottest months of the year with average daytime temperature readings at 106°F and lows in the low 80s! UV levels are high and outdoor activities are best avoided during this time of the year. Do pack a warm cardigan or shawl, obviously not for the outdoors, but for the chilly air-conditioned indoors!
- Retrace the history of the emirates at the Dubai Museum
- Pay a visit to the spice merchants of the Spice Souk
August is the hottest month of the year with the average highs hovering around 106°F. With nighttime lows at 84°F, you’ll be glad for indoor air conditioning. At 91°F, even the water is warm.
- Buckle up for a ride(s) of a lifetime at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Theme park
- Appreciate art from all over the world at the Louvre Abu Dhabi
September is the official start of autumn though don’t expect cool temperatures just yet. Temperatures drop a few degrees during the month. Day time highs are still above 100°F while nighttime temperatures are the high 70s. The sea is at its warmest with the water temperature at 93°F.
- Scuba dive into a world of shipwrecks at Jumeirah beach
- Take in expansive views of the desert as you drive the Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road
October provides a much-needed break from the scorching heat of the previous months. Day time highs drop from the mid-100s to the mid-90s. Night times start to feel a little cooler with temperatures around 70°F. With water temperatures in the mid-80s, you can head out to the beach for a refreshing swim.
- Wander the alleys of the Dubai Gold Souk
- Spend a day or two exploring the many attractions of Bur Dubai
It’s time to step out and explore the outdoors with day time temperatures finally dropping to the mid-80s. Nighttime temperatures are around 65°F so those coming from warm climes will need a light shawl or cardigan. November is a good month to visit the UAE and a great month to enjoy the beaches of the region.
- Watch an impressive array of international artists perform at Abu Dhabi Festival
- Explore the Mleiha Archaeological Site
With National Day celebrations and events planned throughout the month, December is one of the best times to visit the UAE. The weather is perfect for sightseeing; day time temperatures fall between 75 -80°F. Night times can get a bit chilly with temperatures just touching the 60°F mark. Hotels get booked early so plan your trip at least three months in advance.
- It’s celebrations galore for National Day
- Traverse the alluring desert on camel-back
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Climate in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
While winter is the best time to visit the UAE, spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are good times to visit too. Spring sees maximum temperatures ranging from 82.4°F to 93.2°F with temperatures steadily rising as it gets closer to summer. During autumn, expect to find temperatures in the range of 94°F to 102° F.
In the summer months of June, July, and August, temperatures can go as high as 115°F – 122°F with an average temperature of around 104° F.
What to Pack for Dubai and Abu Dhabi Trips
A shawl or cardigan will also come in handy when you are out and about in the metro or walking through souks and older parts of town and wish to cover up.
While many areas in the UAE are quite westernized, the country is, nonetheless, a conservative one. Therefore, it’s a good idea to dress modestly while you are out and about. For women, it is best to wear clothes that cover your knees and shoulders. Likewise, men should avoid wearing shorts that are shorter than knee-level.
However, these forms of dress aren’t the rule everywhere. For example, conventional beachwear such as bikinis, is perfectly acceptable provided they aren’t worn publicly elsewhere. Indeed, some travelers have been fined or even arrested for wearing beachwear in places such as shopping malls!
Bear in mind that dressing codes are slightly different in Sharjah and Ajman, which are both part of the UAE. Dressing rules are stricter with and women are expected to cover their upper arms and shoulders. Shorts are a complete no-no for men in these parts of the country.
Carry a shawl, light cardigan or jacket while traveling in the UAE. Evenings can get chilly, especially in winter and some spring and autumn months. A shawl or cardigan will also come in handy when you are in the metro or walking through souks and older parts of town.
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