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Dubai What to Pack

Dubai – What to Pack – Clothing and Supplies Tips

Dubai What to Pack

Dubai is a cosmopolitan city located in the United Arab Emirates and is known for its luxury spas, shopping, beaches, and romantic Arabian sands. For a trip to this land where ancient sands meet modern luxuries, read on for what to pack for Dubai.


No matter what you have planned for your Dubai adventure, these luggage options are ideal for a short or long-term stay.

Summer Clothing to Pack for Dubai

While Dubai is a relaxed city when it comes to foreigners, it’s still a good idea to dress modestly. When in the city and off the beaches, wear loose clothing that covers your arms and legs, especially if you wish to enter a mosque or nice restaurant.

Dubai is a hot and humid desert city along the shores of the Persian Gulf. During the summer, temperatures can often reach over 100 degrees. Late May to October are the hottest months, so you will want to pack items that prevent sunburn, such as sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and lip balm. Sandals are needed to keep your feet from burning on beach sand. These items can also be purchased in Dubai.  Bring a few swimsuits to play at the beach, the hotel pools and the local water parks. Bringing a waterproof camera to capture these fun, wet days in Dubai is highly recommended. Clothing should be light colored to deflect the sun’s rays. A sun umbrella also works well to keep the sun off your head.

Winter Clothing to Pack for Dubai

The desert can get cold at night in the winter from December through February so it’s a good idea to pack a light jacket or sweater. For women, also pack a Pashima, or shawl, to wrap around you for warmth and modest fashion. For the daytime, pack as you would for the summer months as Dubai is hot and humid year round though the winters are more mild.

Clothes to Pack

Other Things to Pack for Dubai

To combat the dry air of the Dubai desert, pack moisturizer and use it a couple of times a day, especially after a shower. A small, portable fan or an inexpensive Chinese folding fan will help get you through some of the hotter days. There are many opportunities to hike the Arabian sands of Dubai, so also be sure to pack hiking boots designed for Dubai’s climate. A small backpack to hold your water, an extra pair of clothing and other essential items for Dubai day trips is another good item to bring. Because of the high humidity, clothing takes longer to dry, therefore you may want to pack extra underwear and socks to avoid an unnecessary shopping trip for more. All common toiletries can either be brought from home or purchased upon arrival.

Toiletries to Pack

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about what to pack for Dubai.  

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