Planning your holidays? One extremely critical feature which should not be missed at any cost while such planning is the weather of your destination city. So if you are planning your trip to Dubai, you need to know the weather conditions to have a good vacation. The Tropic of Cancer passes through the UAE. Which means that the weather will surely be dry and hot in summers. This will affect your trips to visit attractions. Accordingly, your bookings of Hotels in UAE and UAE tour packages should be done at favourable timings or in a perfect season in the United Arab Emirates.
So which season is ideal? Well, all this and more is answered in the following guide that will help you prepare your vacation.
The climate in the UAE
The locals feel that the UAE has only two seasons- summer and hot summer. UAE has a summer season which is extremely hot, sunny and humid. When such weather is experienced by locals, they get a sigh of relief starting from Mid-October till March. Summers also experience dust storms that usually reduce the vision to 200m. Locals also face issues of allergies or asthma as the sandstorm carries dust and dust mites with them. Temperatures in the UAE touch 50 degree Celsius. In these temperatures, locals are confined to indoors, thanks to the excellent air-conditioning systems.
Visitors from colder countries visit UAE in these seasons to experience the heat. While ex-pat population prefers to visit colder places in the summer seasons. They seek holidays in snowy or colder destinations.
When the month of October approaches, you will see ex-pats and tourists out and about. Picnics, events, festivals, shopping and entertainment take toll till March. In this season you will find booking rates different from the summers but if you keep a close check on deals and offers, you can get good options. Visiting during Ramadan will require you to enjoy this Middle-East gem differently.
The country is guarded by the Hajar Mountains and desert chinks. Such a geographical set up keeps the temperatures across all emirates comparatively same. Many urban areas experience humidity levels of 85%. The inner areas are drier. Summers are easy in the northern mountain areas and they experience low or average rain in winter months. Snowfall has interestingly happened in the UAE in the years 2004, 2009 & 2017.
Seasons in the UAE
This is the season when you will notice maximum outdoor activities happening in the country. UAE has so much to offer that neither the locals nor the visitors want to stay indoors. Beaches, picnics, bar-be-que parties, entertainment centres, concerts, festivals, water parks and malls are flooded with people enjoying and living life in the best way in the most loved destination. Seas are warmer in days but are coolest in the mornings and evenings. This season starts from November till March. This season sees the most important holiday, i.e. the UAE National Day (2nd December).
Temperatures during spring rise from 28 degrees Celsius, on average, in March to anywhere between 35 and 39 degrees Celsius in May. It is one of the busiest seasons in the year as it is loaded with events. You will experience many different cultures coming together to celebrate life.
With this season, the onset of locals and visitors start to be outdoors. Mornings and evening are the busiest at public places. This season starts in September. The average mid-day temperature hits at 40 degree Celsius. Stunning beaches are dotted with picnics and bar-be-que points. Families have abundant options to enjoy at the beaches.
This season is best spent indoors. With a variety of things to pick up like shopping at malls, playing indoor games, binging on lunch at a restaurant or watching movies- all this and much more is seen happening in the summer season in the UAE. Mid-day temperatures cross 45 degree Celsius combined with haze and humidity. To save yourself from heat strokes and hyperthermia, residents and tourists are advised to either venture out early morning or late evening. Ice rinks and water parks are popular in this season too.
Seasonal garments in the UAE
You will find Emiratis wearing traditional garments that sync with their culture and tradition. Men don long length garments with long sleeves, almost covering their body called ‘kanduras’. Preferably white and lightweight material is used to tailor this dress. Usually, in summers you will notice this colour, but in December, you might come across dark colours with embroideries and fur work. Women wear loose cloak-like garments that cover their body throughout. You will notice women abayas fancied with embroideries and sequins.
Lightweight and cool attires are preferred in summers. But a decent code of dress is highly recommended. Beaches witness people sporting beachwear and bikinis. Apart from that casual dressing is something you should pack for. Women, either ex-pats or visitors are expected to wear dresses that cover their shoulders and knees. Similarly, men too should cover their knees while sporting shorts paired with t-shirts.