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The Best & Worst Times to Visit Dubai in 2024 (Our Take)

The Best & Worst Times to Visit Dubai in 2024 (Our Take)

What's the best time to visit Dubai?

The best time to visit Dubai is from November to March, when the weather is cooler (57°F to 88°F) and the city hosts numerous events. This period avoids the summer heat, attracting tourists with outdoor activities, cultural festivals, and sports events like Dubai Design Week, the International Film Festival, and the Shopping Festival. Despite a brief rainy season, the pleasant weather makes it ideal for exploring Dubai’s attractions.

Famous as a glamorous holiday destination, Dubai offers an eclectic travel experience. This United Arab Emirates gem can just as easily enchant you with its luxurious shopping, breathtaking modern architecture, and vibrant nightlife as it can with its souks and the beauty of its desert.

However, heading to Dubai when the temperatures are scorching or during important holidays when businesses work with reduced hours can completely ruin your itinerary. That’s where we come in — let us be your guide!

The Overall Best Time to Visit Dubai

A city with miniature attractions from other countries decorated by lights, including the famous Burj Khalifa, an image for the guide on the best time to visit Dubai.

Dubai, UAE, 10.01.21. Global Village amusement park at night with illuminated Burj Khalifa miniature and pagodas, crescent moon in the sky, people walking./Aleksandra Tokarz/Shutterstock

The overall best time to visit Dubai is anytime from November through March. This period offers a plethora of interesting events and outdoor activities and boasts relatively pleasant weather (the temperatures are between 57°F and 88°F).

This is the best time to visit and the most popular — when visitors flock to Dubai because, unlike in the summer, the weather conditions are more “normal.” Also, many tourists look forward to escaping their country’s harsh winters and finding refuge in Dubai.

These months are ideal for sightseeing and exploring the great outdoors or enjoying festivals or events. November opens with Dubai Design Week, attracting creatives from all walks of life. December 2nd has festivities related to the city honoring the independence of the Emirates from Britain.

Movie enthusiasts should mark their calendars for the Dubai International Film Festival (December). Sports lovers should note that December also has 16 international rugby teams taking part in the Dubai Rugby Season.

In January, Dubai hosts the popular Dubai Shopping Festival — many are drawn to Dubai at this time for the shopping experience alone. Others flock to the city for the Dubai Marathon and Dubai Golf Tournament.

If you’re looking for some good jazz, you can come in February instead to enjoy Dubai’s yearly Jazz Festival. March sees the Al Marmoom Heritage Festival, ideal for visitors who want an authentic cultural experience.

Although the January—March period sees a brief rainy season, it usually translates into several drops every now and then and shouldn’t disrupt your itinerary in any meaningful way.

Cheapest Time to Visit Dubai

Empty street during June, one of the cheapest times to visit Dubai, with railways jutting out into the distance with buildings towering over the scene

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June is arguably the cheapest time to visit Dubai. It’s when you can also find discounts on some major attractions and reduced activity tickets.

It’s somewhat challenging to discuss the cheapest time to visit Dubai, as it’s not exactly a budget-friendly destination to begin with. That said, there are certain periods of the year when you can take advantage of lower hotel rates and more affordable airfare prices, such as in June. 

Your June itinerary is going to be more or less the same as if you go there in July or August — we’ll share more about it in a minute. June temperatures vary between 79°F and 100°F.

Least Busy Time to Visit Dubai

Sunset over the skyline of Dubai where the iconic Burj Khalifa can be seen, an image for the guide about the best time to visit Dubai.

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The least busy time to pay Dubai a visit is either in the spring (April and May) or fall (September or October). Spring and fall offer shoulder season magic for visitors who want to explore Dubai at their own pace and steer clear of peak season crowds.

In other words, you can enjoy the sunset at the famous Burj Khalifa without fighting for more elbow room, or take a photo at the Dubai Frame without photobombers accidentally ruining it.

Spring visitors should expect lows of 68°F and highs of 99°F; whereas fall welcomes guests with temperatures fluctuating between 73°F and 100°F.  

If you visit in April, get ready for the Dubai Food Festival. Dancing enthusiasts should check out September’s Dubai International Dance Festival, which unites talented dance groups in the city.

The September-October period also sees Islamic New Year festivities. October marks the start of the Camel Racing season, with both locals and visitors from Qatar and Saudi Arabia competing in the event.

Worst Time to Visit Dubai

Caravan of camels making their way across the sandy desert in June, the worst overall time to visit Dubai


The worst time to find yourself in Dubai is in the summer (June—August). There’s really no way to properly describe Dubai’s boiling temperatures (which range between 79°F and 106°F), and intense humidity in the summer — they can only be experienced.

This is not something we advise, especially if you live in a colder climate, hence why Dubai summers are probably the worst time to pay the city a visit.

Also, sandstorms are the most common in summer, so make sure to check the weather conditions before planning anything ambitious if you’re there in the summer.

That said, Dubai isn’t unprepared for the challenges of summer — you’ll find there’s AC almost everywhere, including on bus stops, to make things more bearable. The city works hard to cater to both its residents’ and visitors’ needs.

Plus, there are still enjoyable things you can do indoors in summer, like shopping or museum hopping. While summer sees restricted festival schedules and outdoor activities, there’s still a lot going on.

The Dubai Summer Surprises Festival is divided into 10 entertaining weeks, with a specific theme dominating each week. Plus, the nightlife is always vibrant in Dubai, regardless of the weather conditions.

Things to Consider

A woman holding her summer hat while looking at a rich city in Dubai filled with tall buildings, captured during the best time to visit the country.


Although Dubai is a fairly modern city, it’s still very different from what you’re probably used to, so every piece of advice counts:

  • Always check with your local embassy about the latest visa requirements well in advance, as they’re prone to changes.
  • Get acquainted with local laws and customs. For instance, if you visit Dubai during Ramadan, even though you’re a tourist, you’re expected not to eat or drink in front of locals/in public. As the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, Ramadan dates change every year, so make sure to check them before scheduling your trip.
  • Get ready for a hot desert climate — pack light and loose clothes to help you endure the heat better. Sunscreens, sunglasses, and hats are an absolute must. Also, staying hydrated is key. Many underestimate Dubai’s climate, so they run the big risk of dehydration or heat stroke. To minize the risk, please make sure you drink between two-three liters of water per day and stick to light meals, especially if you visit during the hotter months.
  • The United Arab Emirates is still somewhat conservative when it comes to clothing, so avoid wearing attire that reveals your knees and shoulders. When visiting a mosque, women are usually also required to put on a light scarf to cover their hair. Otherwise, wearing the hijab isn’t compulsory if you’re a tourist. Wearing a swimsuit and bikini on the beach is perfectly fine, but don’t walk around dressed in that way. Plus, the nights can get chilly, so make sure to dress in layers.
  • Dubai’s currency is the AED — the United Arab Emirates Dirham. Credit and debit cards are generally accepted, but make sure you carry some cash with you at all times for smaller purchases. Note that some stores may accept US dollars. Money apps you may want to download during your stay in Dubai include Google Pay, Emirates Digital Wallet, and Samsung Pay.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, or showing too much affection with your significant other in public places.
  • Check if you need to carry an adapter — Dubai accommodates 220V electricity.

So, What’s the Best Time to Visit Dubai?

👍 Best Time to VisitNovember to March
💲 Cheapest Time to VisitJune
🗓️ Least Busy Time to VisitApril and May or September or October
👎 Worst Time to VisitJune to August

Ultimately, the best time to visit Dubai depends on your weather preferences, budget, and availability. But since Dubai welcomes visitors year-round, you’ll enjoy your stay even if the above-mentioned criteria aren’t fully satisfied. Happy travels!