When is the best time to go to Dubai?

The more important question to ask oneself before visiting Dubai is "How hot it is?" From mid-October to mid-April, the weather in Dubai is more ideal with moderate temperatures and clear blue skies. For the rest of the year, from mid-April to mid-October, the climate becomes less tolerable, with temperatures regularly exceeding 37° C and humidity often hitting 95% and more from the months of June to September. It is only slightly less hot and humid in the months just before and just after the main hot season.

Another issue to consider is whether you want to visit Dubai during Ramadan (the dates change every year according to the Islamic calendar). This is an exciting time in Dubai but for which companies often have limited hours during the day, many restaurants do not open until after nightfall and most bars and discos are closed. Ramadan often takes place around August, coinciding with the hottest months of the year.

The peak tourist season is from October to May. December and January are the busiest months in Dubai. Hotels are quickly filled and prices are more expensive. The town is a little quieter during the summer heat, when hotels and many other services reduce prices to attract more visitors.

So, when is the best time to go to Dubai? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • The best months for good weather in Dubai are January, February, March, April, May, October, November and December
  • On average, the warmest months are May, June, July, August and September
  • Dubai has dry periods in February, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December
  • The best months for swimming are May, June, July, August, September, October and November

Annual weather in Dubai

Infographic of the best times to visit Dubai
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Weather details in Dubai month by month

To get all the information about the climate and weather in Dubai for a specific month, click on the corresponding link below:

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Weather and climate in Dubai

As a separate state from the United Arab Emirates, the emirate of Dubai has a dry, desert-like climate, where rainfall is low and somewhat irregular. The weather here is characterized by two distinct seasons, hot and long, or cool and much shorter.

The Hot Season in Dubai

In Dubai, the hot season is from April to November, without any type of interruption. At this time of year, temperatures range between 30 and 40° C, similar to neighboring countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar. During the warm season, rain is almost non-existent in Dubai, but the humidity is very high on the coast, making the heat even harder to bear.

The Warm Season in Dubai

There is no actual cold season strictly speaking for Dubai, but instead a gentle season when the temperatures come down a bit. The latter extends from December to March, with a pleasant warmth revolving on average around between 23 and 28° C. Rainfall is slightly more frequent during the warm season than the hot season, but are still very rare just as in neighboring Abu Dhabi or Ajman.

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Charts: temperature and rainfall in Dubai

In the charts below, you can see the following seasonal norms for the city of Dubai: the minimum and maximum outdoor temperature, the risk and amount of monthly rainfall, daily average sunshine, sea temperature, and relative humidity for each month of the year.

Outside temperature

Precipitation (rainfall)

Daily sunshine hours

Sea temperature


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Dubai

Find out when Dubai has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Dubai

  • Very low season in Dubai
    The months with the lowest number of tourists are: June and July.
  • Low season in Dubai
    The months with low numbers of tourists are: March, April, May, August, September and October.
  • High season in Dubai
    The number of visitors to Dubai is high in: January, February and November.
  • Peak season in Dubai
    The largest number of tourists visiting Dubai is during: December.

Figure: Visitor index for Dubai month by month

Best time for low prices in Dubai

Average prices of hotels in Dubai month by month

Generally, July is the month with the lowest hotel prices in Dubai. So this is a great time to save on your holiday! In contrast, December is statistically the most expensive month of the year for hotels.

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Average price for flights to Dubai

A return flight between London and Dubai is generally cheaper if you go in january ($ 342 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 266 more for your airline ticket to Dubai if you go in august.

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Average price of hiring a car in Dubai

On average, it costs $ 64 per day to hire a car in Dubai. This price varies by $ 11 depending on the month. In august, hiring a car costs an average of $ 58 per 24 hours, so this is the best time to save money! In contrast, the average price in november is $ 69.

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Other cities and places near Dubai

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