Best time to visit Dubai

The best time to visit Dubai is during winter from mid-November to late-March, thereby avoiding the intense heat that is the norm in Dubai for most of the year.

Dubai weather

Dubai has a subtropical desert climate, with mild or pleasantly warm winters, from November to April, and scorchingly hot summers, from May to October, when the combination of temperature and humidity makes the heat oppressive.

During summer, the sea wind brings moisture from the Persian Gulf. Infrequent rain showers fall mainly in winter.

Which is the hottest month in Dubai?
The hottest month in Dubai is usually August, with an average high temperature of 41°C (105°F), with scorching heat and a low of 31°C (87°F).

On the warmest days of the month, the temperature may climb to around 46°C (114°F).

The hot season lasts from mid-May to late-September, with an average daily high temperature above 38°C (100°F).

Which is the coldest month in Dubai?
The coldest month of the year in Dubai is January, with an average high of 24°C (75°F) and a low of 14°C (57°F).

The cool season lasts from early-December to early-March, with an average daily high temperature below 27°C (80°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Dubai?
The sunniest month in Dubai is usually October with an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day; that's on average 86% of daylight hours.

The amount of sunshine in Dubai is good year-round: blue, sunny skies are the norm.

When is the sea warmest in Dubai?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Dubai in August when water temperatures average 33°C (91°F), which is very pleasant for swimming.

The time of year with warmer water lasts from mid-June to mid-October, with an average temperature above 31°C (87°F).

The time of year with cooler water lasts from late-December to early-April, with an average temperature below 24°C (75°F). February has the coolest water with an average temperature of 22°C (71°F), which is cool for swimming.

Which month has the most rain in Dubai?
February is usually the wettest month in Dubai with 25mm (1in) of rainfall on average, which is distributed across two days.

The rainy period of the year lasts from early-January to mid-March. Rainfall usually occurs in the form of brief, intense showers.

Which is the windiest month in Dubai?
The windiest month of the year in Dubai is March, with an average hourly wind speed of 15 kilometres per hour (9 mph; 8 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from January to early-June, with average wind speeds of more than 13 kilometres per hour (8 mph; 7 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from early-June through to late-December. The calmest month of the year in Dubai is October, with an average hourly wind speed of 11 kilometres per hour (7 mph; 6 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction varies throughout the year in Dubai.

Dubai Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average daily max (°C)
24 26 28 33 38 40 41 41 39 35 30 26
Average daily min (°C)
15 16 19 22 26 28 31 31 29 25 21 17
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
8 8 8 10 11 11 10 10 10 10 9 8
Average daily daylight (hrs)
11 11 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 11 11 10
Comfort level
Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Extreme heat & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon
Average relative humidity (%)
61 59 55 47 42 48 49 47 52 54 56 61
UV Index (max)
6 8 10 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11 8 6 4
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
2 2 2 1 - - - - - - 1 1
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
20 25 20 7 - - 1 - - 1 3 15
Average wind speed (km/h)
13 14 15 14 13 13 12 12 12 11 12 13
Average sea temperature (°C)
23 22 23 25 29 31 32 33 32 31 28 25
Dubai, UAE

Holiday seasons

High Season: October to May, with December and January the busiest months. Book early if you plan to visit the Dubai Shopping Festival in February and the Dubai World Cup in March.

Low season: April to September during the summer months when hotel prices are usually at a discount.

Note: Meteorological data for Dubai, UAE is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the National Center of Meteorology (NCM), United Arab Emirates, at the closest weather station, Al Minhad Air Base (AMAB), located 24km (15mi) south of Dubai city, as well as Dubai International Airport (DXB), located 26km (16mi) northeast of Dubai. Additional climate data is sourced from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

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Latest update: Best time to visit Dubai: 3 September, 2023

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