Dubai! The word itself brings images of a sparkling skyline filled with skyscrapers, unique buildings, luxury hotels, large malls and so many cultural attractions. However, it is important to know the best time to visit Dubai to have a memorable holiday. Ideally, the winter months between November and March are considered the ideal time to visit the Emirate or anywhere in the UAE. Still, lot of personal factors should also be taken into consideration while planning your visit to Dubai. Let us assess the best time to visit Dubai as per different factors.
Dubai is an Emirate of the UAE (United Arab Emirates), which is located in the Middle East. The city has a hot and humid climate throughout the year, although the winter months are a bit cooler and pleasant as well. Hence, people from colder climates love to visit Dubai during this time to enjoy its beach climate and enjoyable evenings. It is the best season to visit Dubai and you would get to spend a lot of time outdoors, exploring what the city has to offer.
However, there is a downside of visiting the city during the winter months. As this is the peak season, most major landmarks and attractions would be crowded. Right from the beach to the corridors of the malls, get ready to bump into people. Expect long lines at the entrance of popular attractions like the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Aquarium, etc. To save time, it would be best to buy the tickets to major attractions online. Yet, be prepared to stand in a queue while visiting places like theme parks.
The winter season in Dubai is also the most expensive time to visit the city. With an ideal climate and so many activities and attractions happening in and around Dubai, the prices of flight tickets and hotel accommodation become quite high. One way of dealing with this is booking your tickets way in advance. Nevertheless, if this is not possible, the best alternative would be to visit during the summer season.
Summer season in Dubai can be divided into three parts: March to May, June to August and September to October. While it would be hot and humid during all these months, June to August is a different level of heat. You can expect the temperature to touch 50oC, making spending time in the outdoors during the day impossible. March to May and September to October would see temperatures somewhere between 23oC to 36oC. Apart from enduring the heat, you would also not be able to visit some of the attractions of the city like the Dubai Miracle Garden.
Although visiting Dubai during the summer season may not be ideal, the advantage is that the tourist attractions would be less crowded. Apart from this, you can save a lot of money on flight tickets and hotels (especially during July and August). However, holidaying in Dubai during summer may seem like a bad idea. Nevertheless, it need not be so. Most of the indoor attractions like malls, hotels, indoor parks, etc. in Dubai are fully air-conditioned. Visiting places like the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Aquarium and IMG Worlds of Adventure become a pleasant experience, as you do not have to stand in queues for hours. Another advantage of visiting Dubai during the summer is that some of the theme parks like Wild Wadi Water Park, Aquaventure Water Park, etc. offer free entry to kids.
Another way of deciding the best time to visit Dubai for you would be to check out the date of the various events and festivals that happen in the city. Here are some of the interesting and popular events and festivals that are worth visiting Dubai for.
A film festival that displays the movies and talents of the Arab film world, the Dubai International Film Festival is a celebrated event in the city. It happens once in two years and in the month of December (not fixed). During the festival, you would be able to view a variety of films including feature films and documentaries from various genres.
Held in February, the Dubai International Jazz Festival is one of the most prestigious music festival in the Arab world or Middle East. The festival brings some of the top jazz musicians from around the world to Dubai. The festival has seen the names like John Lee, Sting, James Morrison and Brett Dennen in the past. If you love Jazz music, you must visit Dubai during the festival, at least once.
Taste of Dubai is one of the biggest food festivals in the world. Spanning 3 days, high profile chefs and the best restaurants come together to offer delectable food on your plate. Amateur chefs also get the chance to take part in competitions judged by prominent chefs or even cook with the celebrity ones. Great food is also accompanied with great entertainment programs and activities. Taste of Dubai happens in the March and surely is one of the best things to do in the Emirate city.
Nothing is bigger than the Dubai Shopping Festival, the biggest shopping festival in the world. The DSF is not restricted to a particular venue. Instead the entire city takes part in it. You would find incredible deals and discounts at most malls, stores and even souks. Fireworks, musical concerts, entertainment events, etc. are also part of the DSF. The shopping festival starts during the last week of December and runs for a month, till the end of January.
Ramadan (the holy month of the Muslims) is when Muslims around the world fast for the entire month. Muslims in Dubai fast from dawn to dusk during Ramadan and even non-Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink in public during this month. So Ramadan may not be a fitting time to visit Dubai. But Eid Al Fitr is a different story altogether. The month long fasting culminates into Eid Al Fitr that is celebrated with elaborate food, fireworks and lots of entertainment. The city comes to life during the few days following Eid Al Fitr.
As you now know the benefits of visiting Dubai during different times of the year, all you have to do is choose the time that would be best for you.