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The Weather in Dubai in December

Updated: November 30, 2023

This post covers the weather in Dubai during the month of December, including average temperatures and precipitation.

December in Dubai features sunny skies and warm afternoons with comfortable to occasionally cool nights.

As a retired meteorologist turned tour guide, I didn't expect that I would use my experience as a forecaster in my new career in tourism.

But here I am, finding myself answering more weather questions as a blogger than I ever did as a weatherman.

So, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the weather in Dubai in December.

How Hot Is Dubai in December?

Daytime high temperatures this month will tend to be around 27 C (80-81 F) early in the month, falling to around 24-25 C (75-77 F) near the end of the month.

A few of the warmer afternoons, especially early in December, can reach up to 30 C (86 F).

The record high temperature in Dubai during December is 32.5 C (90.5 F).

Late night and early morning low temperatures tend to be around 17-18 C (63-64 F) early in the month, dropping to 15 C (59 F) near the end of the month.

A few of the colder mornings, especially later in the month, can dip down around 12 C (53-54 F).

The record low temperature for Dubai during December is 8.2 °C (46.8 °F).

Sun and Rain

During December, Dubai features, on average, about 22 mostly sunny, 2-3 partly sunny and 6-7 mostly cloudy days. 

You can also expect blowing dust/sand to occur on about 3 days with some rain falling on 3-4 days, however, rain amounts tend to be light. 


The number of daylight hours remains about the same this month, ranging from 10.7 hours on the 1st to 10.6 hours on the 22nd.


Wind speeds during this month tend to be light to gentle, averaging 6-19 kph (4-12 mph) but briefly can be moderate at 20-28 kph (13-18 mph).

Ocean Temperatures

December is a good time for the beach as water temperatures are still warm, averaging near 27 C (81 F) early in the month, but falling to near 24 C (75 F) near the end of the month.

What to Wear in Dubai in December  

Dress for pleasantly warm weather during the day but wear clothing that covers your shoulders and your knees.

Do not wear clothes that are too tight or too revealing for both men and women.

Women can wear long dresses, tops, shirts, t-shirts, pants, hoodies, sweaters, and jeans.

It's best to avoid wearing any sleeveless shirts, sleeveless dresses, mini-skirts, and short shorts.

For cooler nights or trips near water or in the desert, make sure to pack a pair of long pants/long skirt and a sweater.

A light jacket is good to have as well.

Things to Do in Dubai in December

Although it does get colder during this time of year, it should still be warm enough to consider taking a pay-what-you-wish Dubai walking tour.

The Dubai Shopping Festival takes place between December 15th - January 29th, and you can expect a lot of fantastic sales at the various shops and retail locations throughout the city during this time.

If you're planning to visit on New Year's Eve, make sure to visit the Burj Khalifa for their fantastic fireworks show!

For even more great ideas, make sure to read our full post covering things to do in Dubai during December.

Fred Pickhardt

Ocean Weather Services

About The Author

Fred Pickhardt

Fred is a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. He has extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, and forensic weather event reconstructions. Fred founded Ocean Weather Services and currently provides forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
Updated: November 30th, 2023
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