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What is the Best Time to Visit Dubai?

Updated: May 10, 2024
 By Pri

The best time to visit Dubai is during its cooler months i.e. between November and April. The remaining months mainly restrict outdoor activities. Everything else from shopping to shaded sightseeing is possible even when the mercury levels go over 50°C (122°F). This is largely due to the fact that almost every public place in Dubai is air conditioned from malls, hotels to even bus stations.

The tourist season is at its peak from November to April when the mercury levels are in between a comfortable 24-35°C (75-95°F), keeping the evenings pleasant and the nights cool. Months from November to February observe gentle winds where the thermometer dips down to almost 14°C (57.2°F). If your lucky you can even experience the occasional rains that occur between January and April.

It is advised to take into account the months when the holy month of Ramadan is observed through out the emirate. The month of Ramadan is a particularly good time to visit Dubai if you are interested in experiencing the culture and heritage of the emirate. You can take our Heritage tour of old Dubai to learn about the history and importance of this holy month.

A lot of fun and exciting events take place between the months of October and May such as:

(January-February) - It is an annual event generally organized between December and February. Huge Deals, Mega promotions and numerous live events are the key highlights of the festival.

Dubai World Cup (March) - It is one of the most prestigious Thoroughbred Horse Races, organized at Meydan Racecourse.

Al Marmoom Heritage Festival (April) - It is a popular Camel Festival, where thousands of well trained camels compete for glory.

Gitex Technology Week (April and October) - It is the leading Tech-Fest held in Dubai twice a year. Leading international brands use it as a platform to launch and showcase their new products.

UAE National Day (2nd December) - This is the union day between six emirates (later joined by the seventh). This memorable day is celebrated all over the country and Dubai is no exception. Extravagant fireworks, road rallies and traditional dance shows are seen everywhere. The whole plethora of UAE's history and culture is on display on this momentous day.

Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) (December)- It is the leading film festival in the GCC region, where local talents as well as international stars are in attendance.

Art Dubai (March) - It is an international art fair, with a diverse lineup of over 90 galleries from over 40 countries.

About The Author


Pri is a true believer in the Rule of Three - she lives between Dubai, Bombay and Washington DC, speaks three languages and has 3 kids under 3. She graduated from Connecticut College and has a Masters Degree from New York University. Pri is a licensed Dubai tour guide, travel blogger, art aficionado, foodie and curious to check out all things new in her city. Pri has been part of the Free Tours By Foot team since 2015 and loves to make customized itineraries for her guests.
Updated: May 10th, 2024
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