Golden beaches, futuristic skyscrapers, artificial islands – these wonders are famous for resorts in the Arab Emirates. However, the climate of the eastern country is unusual. To travel for real pleasure, it is important to know when the UAE season is favorable for recreation.

Dubai and other emirates throughout the year welcomes lovers of beach holidays. But the prices for holidays vary throughout the year (in some months the price of tours is reduced by 25-30%), and this is also due to the climatic characteristics of the region.

When begins and ends the season in the UAE (Dubai)

The territory of the United Arab Emirates is located in a subtropical zone. The local climate is characterized by moderate temperatures in winter and intense heat in summer.

The state consists of seven emirates, each of which has access to the sea. Six are located on the shores of the Persian Gulf, one – on the Gulf of Oman. The coastal waters are warm enough for swimming all year round, although from January to March the water temperature drops to +23 ° C. The Gulf of Oman is slightly warmer in winter than the Persian Gulf. In summer, the sea warms up to + 30 ° C, so you can swim and dive for a long time.

Choosing when to go to the Emirates, keep in mind that the temperature and humidity in summer reach their peak values. From May to September the thermometer reads from +38 to +48 ° C during the day. During this same period, the winds from the Persian Gulf blow. This increases the humidity and creates a debilitating stuffiness.

The favorable season to visit the UAE comes in December. The sun at this time is soft, not leaving burns on the skin after tanning. Until February, the maximum daytime temperature is +27 ° C. For a beach holiday, it’s better to come in March or November, when the sea is warmer.

From May to September the influx of tourists decreases, because it’s time for scorching heat. Fans of the sea and the sun do not scare, because all the premises in the Emirates are equipped with air conditioning.

Rains in the UAE are rare and take the form of short but intense downpours. They are observed in spring and autumn. In April and May dust storms often come from the deserts.

Weather in the UAE by Month

Temperature and humidity in the Emirates depend on the geographical location of the resort. In the south-west, near the Rub Al Khali Desert, it is always five degrees warmer than in the north, surrounded by the Hajar Mountains. Therefore, in winter it is more comfortable to rest in the southern resorts of Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, and in summer Ras Al Khaimah is preferable.

But if you are interested in when the season in the UAE for a beach holiday, we should focus on the temperature figures for the months.

Spring – March, April, May

As in all Middle Eastern countries, the rainy season in the Emirates falls in the winter. The spring months are characterized by dry and hot weather.

MARCH

The maximum temperature in March is +28°C. The water warms up to +22°C and is quite comfortable for swimming. The sun stays above the horizon for eight hours. It is quite soft, giving a beautiful chocolate tan. In the evening the temperature drops to +18 ° C, but a thin windbreaker is enough for walking. Precipitation falls 2-3 times a month.

The highest temperatures in March, + 28-29 ° C, found in Ajman and Umm al-Quawein. In Dubai and Abu Dhabi there is a moderate heat of + 27 ° C.

APRIL

A tropical heatwave begins. The thermometer during the day rises to +31 ° C, the water temperature is + 27 ° C. You don’t want to get out of the sea, but you must sunbathe in moderation, because of the high solar activity. The flow of tourists increases, and with it the prices of tours.

MAY

The daylight hours rise to 11 hours in May. The daytime air temperature reaches +34° C. The sea warms up to 29,5 ° C. Climatic conditions are uncomfortable for anyone who cannot stand the heat. By the end of May the high season in the Arab Emirates ends and the cost of tours is reduced.

Summer – June, July, August

It is the most difficult period of the year. The heat rises to +42 °C. Long tanning and just stay in the sun is impossible because of the possibility of heat stroke. You have to drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration. The climatic situation is complicated by dust storms, which winds bring from the deserts.

Locals prefer to wait out the heat of the day indoors with air conditioning. Schools begin their summer vacations. Many UAE families go abroad for the summer.

The tourism industry creates comfortable conditions for vacationers even during the heat wave. Hotels are equipped with air conditioning, indoor pools, skating rinks. A lot of entertainment is held indoors – indoors.

Discounts on summer tours in the UAE can be significant, but often tour operators limit or even stop charter programs for the summer.

JUNE

The weather is dry and very hot – up to +40 ° C during the day. The humidity exceeds 85%. Daylight hours lasts 11 hours, but sunbathing after ten in the morning is risky because of the danger of sunburn. It doesn’t rain, but there is often thick fog enveloping the beaches. Sandstorms and tropical cyclones from the Persian Gulf are highly likely.

JULY

Temperatures reach extreme heights of no less than +40° C during the day and +30° C at night. Even the sea water is no relief from the heat as it is not much cooler than the atmosphere – up to 32° C. The discomfort is increased by hot winds with sand and dust. Tourists enjoy most of the day inside the hotels. Abu Dhabi and Palm Jebel Ali are the hottest. It’s five to six degrees cooler at the resorts of Korfakkan and Fujairah.

AUGUST

Arabian summer reaches peak temperatures – above +42° C during the day. At night it is a little cooler – in the range of +30 ° C. Tourists go to the beaches only in the early morning and after 5 pm. For bathing in the middle of the day there are swimming pools inside the hotels. The sun stays over the horizon for 13 hours a day, there is no precipitation at all.

Prices for tours in August at most reduced, but this holiday is only suitable for adults with good health.

Autumn – September, October, November

Autumn in the Emirates is not much different from summer except that the heat starts to recede gradually. The sea is still very warm. The long-awaited coolness comes only in November, when the high travel season reopens.

SEPTEMBER

The country remains under the reign of tropical heat – from +35 ° C during the day. At night the temperature drops to 26°C, but it’s still as hot as summer, with humidity at 85%. The sea water is heated to +32 ° C. The daylight hours are reduced to 10 hours, but tanning lovers should still avoid staying in the sun between 11 am and 4 pm. You will not need an umbrella on holiday, because there is no rainfall in September.

OCTOBER

The middle of autumn pleases tourists with a transition from scorching heat to pleasant warmth. The daytime air temperature does not rise above +35 ° C, the water in the sea remains warm, up to +32 ° C. Such indicators are observed in the resorts of the Persian Gulf – Dubai, Ajman, Abu Dhabi. Fujairah Emirate on the coast of the Gulf of Oman is a little cooler.

Daylight hours in the southern latitudes is reduced to eight hours. But tourists comfortably use this time for swimming in the sea, sunbathing, water sports. The rains won’t spoil your vacation, as they come a couple of times at most in October.

NOVEMBER

If you’re looking for information on when best to vacation in the Emirates as a family, choose the last month of autumn. The November sun does not burn the skin, but gives a gentle warmth – no higher than +29 ° C. The waters of the Persian Gulf, warmed during the hot summer, remain at a temperature of +27° C. In the resorts of the Gulf of Oman, the sea is a couple of degrees cooler. At night the air cools to +17 ° C, so you should bring a sweater for evening walks.

Holidays in November will bring great fun for children in the UAE, for which the water parks, water rides, entertainment centers.

Winter – December, January, February

Middle Eastern winter resembles summer in the middle belt of Russia. Daytime air temperature does not fall below +24-25 ° C. The rainy season begins in the UAE in winter, but it rains not more than 2 times a month in the form of short intense showers. The beach holiday continues as the water in both bays stays warm, up to +22°C.

DECEMBER

The Gulf resorts remain warm and sunny all month with temperatures of +26-27°C. In Fujairah it is slightly cooler with an average of +25°C. Daylight hours are 8 hours, which is enough time for swimming in the sea and swimming pools. The mild winter sun gives you a permanent golden tan.

Not superfluous in the tourist’s suitcase will be a sweater, because after 19.00 the temperature drops to +19 ° C. You don’t have to fear the rain – it pours heavily, but not for long.

In December, the high season ends and tour prices go down.

JANUARY

For tourists from northern countries the weather in the Emirates in January seems pleasant – mild heat, clear skies, fresh sea air. But for the country it is the coldest month of the year, when the daytime temperature does not exceed +24°C.

Beach holidays in January is unpopular, because the water is cool – +19 ° C. But short bathing is possible, and sunbathing and going on sea cruises is more pleasant than in the heat of summer.

The emirate of Fujairah stands out noticeably at this time of year, as both the water and the air are 2-3 degrees warmer here.

FEBRUARY

The last month of winter brings a warming spell with daytime temperatures reaching +26°C. The daylight hours are eight hours but you can tan much longer than in the summer. The waters of the Persian Gulf warm up to +21 ° C, so the number of bathers increases. But people with poor health are better to swim in heated pools.

February in the UAE has a lot of rainfall. It rains up to five times a month, but they do not last long, by 15-20 minutes.

When to go to the UAE – our recommendations

A favorable period for health visiting the country – from November to April. In these months there is no suffocating heat, and the sea is warm enough for swimming. But each emirate has peculiarities of the climate that travelers need to know.

Tour operators advise:

  • Choose Dubai for a vacation in November – April, when the temperature does not rise above +35°C. In summer the vacation can spoil not only the heat, but also high humidity, fogs and sandstorms. True, in January and February, the beach vacation may be limited because of the cool water in the gulf.
  • Go to Abu Dhabi from November to March. Beginning in mid-May is the heat wave, when you can not go to the beach during the day. A November vacation in Abu Dhabi will delight you with a great tan and long swim.
  • Visit Al Ain in October and November. This oasis resort is known for long and very hot summers. In the fall the temperature comes to a comfortable +24°C.
  • Holiday in Sharjah from November to March. Later begins the period of sandstorms, and from the end of May comes the heat with a maximum temperature of +50 ° C.
  • Take note that Fujairah is a bit cooler in summer than the Gulf resorts, and warmer in winter, especially the water.
  • Avoid beach tours in the summer, May to August, especially if you go with children or the elderly.
  • The choice of time and resort depends on the interests and health of the tourist. Those who like not only swimming, but also go on excursions, is ideal for December, New Year, January and February.

How to save on a trip to the Emirates

Focus on the seasons. To trip is cheaper, go during the “low season” – the winter.

From December to February the flow of tourists decreases, and tour operators lower prices. The cool winter temperatures do not prevent a good tan, scuba diving, and you can swim in the sea water pools.

Beach lovers prefer spring and autumn, when the sea is warmer. But also the prices at this time maximum.

A good time to buy cheap tours to the Emirates – the middle of December. At this time ends the November high season. Weather at the resorts is quite favorable for beach holidays and water sports. But by the end of the month prices rise again, as many people dream of celebrating the New Year in the luxury of Dubai.

Much cheaper trip in the summer. But only travelers who can stand the heat do so. The daily stay on the beach will be very short because of the risk of high heat stroke. Lovers of shopping and entertainment indoors buy cheap summer tours in the UAE.

Saving on tours and hotels

Early booking 2-3 months before the vacation will help to save on travel. But even more advantageous to act in reverse – buy a tour just before departure. A last minute trip can be up to 30-50% cheaper.

Those who like active rest, save on the type of hotel. The “all-inclusive” system is not always convenient for fans of excursions and water sports. AI hotels provide only room and breakfast, which reduces the cost of the tour by 40-60%. It is not difficult to find an inexpensive meal at the resorts – there are restaurants and cafes for locals and tourists near the city hotels. You can also choose a hotel with 2 or 3 meals a day, they are often only slightly more expensive than breakfast.

The number of stars when choosing a hotel – not the main criterion (there are good 4 * hotels in Dubai, not inferior to the five of service, but the price is much better). Study tourist reviews, look on Google maps to see if there are supermarkets, markets in the neighborhood. If the hotel does not have its own beach, check whether a free shuttle to the sea is offered.

Saving on the beach

Accommodation in a hotel with its own beach on the first coastline is always more expensive. The farther from the sea, the lower the price of the tour. But there are many public beaches in the Emirates, where entry is free. They are equipped with all the necessary facilities and offer water attractions. Public beaches are even more ornate than private beaches, as they launch hundreds of kites over them.

If you go only for a beach holiday, go to Ras Al-Khaim or Sharjah. A beachfront hotel in these resorts will cost less than in Dubai.

Other ways to save money

Preparing for a trip, prepare currency in advance. The dollar is always going up, peaking during high tourist seasons. Keep at home the amount of currency you will need in the UAE. Within the country, exchange your currency for dirhams, using banks or exchange offices. The exchange rate of dirham in the airports and hotels is much higher. It is easier to withdraw dirhams from any ATM using your card (no fee or even open an account in dirhams at an online bank and pay with it without excessive exchange rates).

Save on transportation, using the subway, buses and streetcars instead of expensive cabs. For entertainment buy a special tourist card Dubai Pass with which you can visit dozens of interesting places and attractions. Tours should be booked in advance on websites with trusted guides.