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BEST TIME TO VISIT Dubai

Dubai is famed as a destination for luxury aficionados, with a penchant for enjoying the finer things in life. But it caters to people from all walks of life. With its lively nightlife, ultramodern architecture, man-made wonders and an impressive skyline dominated by skyscrapers, Dubai is a great place for a vacation. There are two main seasons in Dubai, the summers and the winters, although spring and autumn do make an appearance.

The best time to visit Dubai is during its relatively cooler periods, which is from November to March. It is considered the ideal time for a visit because it is a lot cooler here compared to the summers, which are from April to September, and sometimes become unbearably hot.

Winter season in Dubai: October - March

Winters in Dubai, lasting from October to March, are also the high season for tourists. This is because the weather conditions in Dubai during these months is more comfortable, with the temperature remaining around 25°C. January is generally the coldest month in Dubai. It’s less humid and makes for perfect sightseeing weather. This is also the season when rainfall occurs, and although rains in Dubai are irregular and do not last for a long duration, it still brings some respite from the constant smog like conditions of Dubai.

Tips: Winters in Dubai do not warrant any woollen clothes, so travel light. However, you can bring along a light shawl or jacket for late nights out. The winter season in Dubai does not mean the humidity is less, so keep yourself well hydrated.

  • The most popular festival of Dubai, the Dubai Shopping Festival, takes place during the months of January and February, so if you are here during the winter months, make sure to check it out for the coolest bargains.
  • The Dubai International Jazz Festival also takes place during the months of January and February, with the UAE Desert Challenge following closely in March.
  • The Dubai National Day Festival is also celebrated with a lot of pomp and show, so make sure to be a part of the celebrations that commemorate the independence of the United Arab Emirates from the British.

The winter season is also a great time to enjoy skydiving, especially after a bout of rains, as the sky is clearer. Dune bashing is also a good idea during the winters – you escape the massive summer heat of the desert. Even though November to March is the ideal time to visit Dubai, also note that this is the peak tourist season, so be prepared to find crowds everywhere from the Jumeirah beach to Desert Safari.

Summer season in Dubai: April to September

Summers in Dubai can get pretty hot, with temperatures reaching nearly 48°C, and remaining there almost all through the season. August is one of the hottest months. Even the humidity levels are quite high, regularly reaching over 90%. Sightseeing tours, let along any beach activities, are nearly impossible to indulge in, during this time. The best thing to do if you find yourself in Dubai during the summers is to stay inside during the day and venture out during the evenings.

The summer season in Dubai can also be said to comprise the spring and autumn seasons as well, because there is not a lot of difference in the temperatures during these two seasons.

Spring season in Dubai: March to May

Spring season in Dubai is quite pleasant considering that March onwards, the weather begins its climb towards the higher degrees of actual summer. It is a good time to enjoy being at the beach, as well as other outdoor activities.

Autumn season in Dubai: September to November

The autumn season lasts from June to September in Dubai, and the temperatures continue to fall steadily towards winter.

Tips: Bring along hats, sunglasses and other contraptions to keep the sun rays at bay. Keep well hydrated, and wear clothes that absorb moisture to combat the humidity.

Don’t forget to attend some of the festivals of Dubai, held during the summers, such as the Festival of Taste during May for food lovers, and of course the Dubai Summer Surprises event, which is especially crafted to attract tourists to Dubai during the heat wave. You can expect to enjoy food, shopping, culture and much more during this 10 week festival.

Dubai is famed as a destination for luxury aficionados, with a penchant for enjoying the finer things in life. But it caters to people from all walks of life. With its lively nig...

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