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How is the Weather in Dubai in January?

Updated: March 10, 2024

January in Dubai features sunny skies, comfortable afternoons but cool nights.


Daytime high temperatures average 23-24 C (73-75 F) with a few of the warmer afternoons reaching up near 28 C (82-83 F).

The record high temperature in Dubai during January is 31.7 C (89 F).

Late night and early morning lows tend to be around 14-16 C (57-60 F) with a few of cooler mornings dipping down near 11 C (52 F).

The record low temperature for Dubai during January is 8.3 C (47 F).

Sky and Rain

During January, Dubai features, on average, about 21-22 mostly sunny, 2-4 partly sunny, and 6-7 mostly cloudy days.

You should also expect blowing dust/sand to occur on about 4 days with some rain falling on 4-5 days, however, rain amounts tend to be light. 


The number of daylight hours increases this month from about 10.6 hours on the 1st to just over 11 hours by the 31st.


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

January is a good time for the beach as water temperatures are still relatively warm, averaging about 23 C (73 F) early in the month, cooling to 22 C (71-72 F) near the end of the month.

What to Wear in Dubai During January  

Dress for comfortable afternoons with cool nights. 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 the 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 During January

Although it is usually cooler during this time of year, there will also be plenty of sunny days to enjoy, which means this is actually a pretty good time for a pay-what-you-want walking tour in Dubai.

The Dubai Shopping Festival will be taking place from December 13th - January 19th, 2025.

If you're looking for great deals, this is the perfect time to visit Dubai!

Needless to say, it will also be a great time to visit any of the popular amusement parks and family attractions in Dubai.

Many of these locations are included with various Dubai tourist passes!

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

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: March 10th, 2024
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