Dubai's Weather Forecast and Climate
Dubai weather might well have been created to fit the dictionary definition of "hot". It can be quite a surprise to people coming from more temperate climates. Most visitors come to Dubai in the winter season, between November and March, when Dubai weather is warm and sunny without being unbearably hot. Winter temperatures are around 23 degrees C in the daytime, while nights are cooler.
Summer temperatures are in the mid-40s, and soar higher the further inland you go. Even the temperature of the sea can reach 37 degrees C. Visitors brave enough to visit in the summer should be aware of a couple of important points:
Firstly, don't think the heat gives you an excuse to walk around in a state of undress. Dubai may be a liberal country compared to the rest of the UAE, but you should still dress fairly modestly. This is even more true if you are planning to travel around and visit nearby areas such as Sharjah.
Secondly, do take care to avoid heatstroke and sunburn, particularly if you are a Westerner unused to high temperatures. Don't bake on the beach during the hottest part of the day. Cover up, use sunscreen, drink plenty of water and wear a hat.
Summer visitors will enjoy cheaper deals on all sorts of things, including hotels, as this is the off-peak season. The Government is trying to reinvent the traditionally quiet, hot months from June to September as a time for wholesome family holidays, and to this end they have created the Dubai Summer Surprises, a programme of activities for children taking place around the city. While they're hunting for treasure or making works of art, their grateful parents can be picking up summer bargains at the mall. Naturally, some people find all this "edutainment" almost as stifling as the heat. If you're one of those people, perhaps Dubai's busier winter season is a better option for you. It's a better option for sports fans, too, as activities like horse racing shut down completely during the hot season.
As for rain, this always happens in the winter months, usually in February or March, but sometimes earlier. Dubai gets just over five inches of rainfall in the average year, which may sound respectable until you compare it to the UK's total of nearly eighty inches.
Another important thing to remember is that Dubai weather is very different indoors. Remember that air-conditioning was almost certainly invented in the Middle East (in the simpler form of wind towers) and that Dubai has had cooling systems since at least the early 20th century. Now they have air-conditioning down to a fine, if breezy, art, and some visitors may find indoor temperatures uncomfortably cold. Packing a jumper or jacket is always a good idea, particularly if you are going to watch a film in the cinema.
When planning your trip, you should also take Ramadan into account. See our page on the Dubai moon calendar to help you decide whether or not to visit during Ramadan.