Dubai is quickly becoming a top destination among travelers for its warm climate and exceptional shopping. The most popular time to visit is during the winter, with its milder weather and abundant events. The least popular time to visit is in July and August when temperatures and humidity rise to sweltering heights.
- high season: November to April
- low season: July to August
- shoulder season: May to June, September to October
Dubai experiences a subtropical, arid climate, with hot and humid days throughout most of the year. Temperatures can range between 73 degrees in January to 103 degrees in July. Rain falls mainly in the winter, but even then it's unexpected.
Dubai gets particularly crowded in the high season, especially during major events such as the Dubai Rugby Sevens at the end of November to the beginning of December, the Dubai Shopping Festival from late January through the beginning of February, and the Dubai Tennis Championships in February.
Businesses may shorten hours of operation during the holy month of Ramadan, which falls at a different time each year depending on the Muslim calendar.
During Ramadan, visitors should restrain from eating, drinking, and smoking in public from sunrise to sunset. However, many hotel restaurants offer meals during the day to those who are not fasting.
When to Save
The most expensive time to visit is during the high season. However, discounts and specials are available during Ramadan and other major events.