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Weather in UAE by Month


Page update - Sep 17, 2022

The United Arab Emirates has a hot desert climate, or "hot arid climate" (code: BWh). This type of climate is characterized by high daytime temperatures throughout the year and extremely low rainfall. Only in the mountainous regions of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah a mountain climate is found, and in some years even there is snow at winter.

Europeans living and working in the UAE like to joke, "There are two seasons in the UAE: hot and very hot". The weather statistics give the impression that the weather is always comfortable and that it is possible to vacate all year round. However, this is not the case. On this page we will detail the weather and the beach season in the UAE.

Differences of the weather from emirate to emirate

The main resort areas in the United Arab Emirates are located on the Persian Gulf coast. It is just 155 miles (250 kilometers) from the westernmost Abu Dhabi to the north-eastern Ras Al Khaimah. Naturally, the climate is the same in all the resorts of the UAE, except Fujairah region.

The Emirate of Fujairah is located on the coast of the Indian Ocean. The weather there is slightly different: on average, the air is 2-3 degrees cooler, the sea is 1-2 degree warmer.

Fujairah has one important advantage - in the summer there are no such extremely high temperatures. If in Dubai in the summer the air heats up to 105°F (+40°C) and above, then in Fujairah at this moment it is 93-100°F (34-37°C). Fujairah is best suited for holidays in the UAE in summer.

Rains

Rains are rare in the UAE. There is no precipitation at all in summer, but rain may happen from December to March. According to statistics, there are up to 4 inches (100 millimeters) of precipitation per year. To compare, in London it is 27 inches (690 millimeters). In New York it is 45 inches (1139 millimeters). On the island of Phuket in Thailand during the rainy season it falls 16 inches (400 millimeters) only in September.

But there are sandstorms and hurricanes, which can spoil your vacation. We will talk about these phenomena at the end of this page.

Water temperature

See sea water temperature statistics below.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
21 21 22 25 28 31
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
32 33 32 30 27 23

You can bathe in the water of the Persian Gulf all year round. However, not all tourists agree with this statement. Each person is an individual.

Not everyone considers it suitable to bathe in winter in water with a temperature of 68-73°F (20-23°C), some find it too cold. In summer, the water in the Persian Gulf heats up to 86-97°F (30-36°C), which for some tourists is uncomfortable.

Study the numbers, decide for yourself what temperature is acceptable.



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Air temperature

Below are the air temperature statistics. The figures show the maximum temperature during the day, and the minimum at night.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
23 24 27 32 37 38
14 15 17 20 24 26
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
40 41 38 35 31 26
29 30 37 23 19 16

Winter in the UAE is considered suitable for a beach holiday, but not very comfortable. The daytime temperature of 68-79°F (20-26°C), along with the wind can bring serious discomfort.

In the evening in winter the temperature can drop to 50°F (10°C). Take a sweater and jacket with you. We talked about the clothes set for trip to the UAE in detail in the review "What to take with you in the UAE".

Summer in the UAE can be very hot.

The highest temperature in the country is recorded in the western part of the desert in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi - 125.78°F (52.1°C). Of course, there is no such heat in the coastal tourist areas. The highest temperature record in the Emirate of Dubai is 118°F (47.8°C).

Summer in the UAE is considered an unfortunate time for vacation. Temperatures above 95°F (35°C) can be not only uncomfortable but also dangerous to health, especially for those suffering from heart and lung diseases.

It's very hot in the summer

To show the seriousness, here are some interesting facts:

- According to Ministerial Order MOHRE (Labor Ministry) 543 of 2011, it is forbidden to conduct work activities outdoors between 12.30pm and 3pm (the rule applies from June 15 to September 15). In 2021, the fines for violation are increased to AED 5,000 per worker (but no more than 50,000). See our page "Money in the UAE" for the current exchange rates of the dirham.

- In the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, there is a special safety program "Safety in Heat" for employees and employers. Most major companies in the emirate have already joined the program.

- In July 2017, car owners were allowed to overshadow their car windows up to 50% (previously only 30% was allowed). In the Emirate of Dubai, huge lines have lined up at car service stations. And it's not about the desire to be invisible inside the car, but the fact that in summer the air conditioners in the UAE cars can't cope with the heat.

- Several cars spontaneously inflame in the UAE every summer month. The cause is oil or fuel leaks, which ignite because of the heat. In August 2017, a bus with 27 passengers on its way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai (the most popular mode of transportation between Dubai and Abu Dhabi for tourists) caught fire. Fortunately, no one was injured.

- Let's tell you about the most recent case of spontaneous auto combustion due to heat (this page was updated in September 2022). On September 3, 2022, a black Range Rover caught fire on Sheikh Zayed Road. The car was completely on fire when firefighters arrived on the scene. As a result, the car burned completely. Fortunately, no one was hurt because the car was empty.

- Not only all the Dubai Metro stations but also bus stops in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are equipped with air conditioning.

Some tourists fly to the UAE in the summer despite the heat. In summer, the prices for tours and hotels drop a bit.



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Beach season - when to come

There is no such thing as "beach season" in the UAE. During the hot summer and cold winter months, tourists still come, hotels do not close, and almost all attractions work.

There are two places of interest closed in the summer season. They are Miracle Garden and Global Village.

Guidebooks for European and American tourists write that the best season in the UAE is from November to March. We have a little different opinion.

If you need only sea and sunbathing then the best months are October, November, April and March. Summer is not good because it's too hot. Winter is not good because of too short light day length.

If you need a beach plus attractions then the best months are from October to April. You can spend light time of the day on beaches and cool evenings and nights in malls or at attractions.

If you need only shopping or attractions then come all the year around. All the markets and malls in the UAE are air-conditioned. Most of attractions are indoors except water parks and some amusement parks.

Two disasters in the UAE can ruin your vacation

Strong sandstorms and hurricanes are rare in the UAE, but if they happen then it can seriously spoil your vacation. But the worst thing is you can't predict sandstorms and hurricanes.

Sandstorms

Strong winds come from the Arabian Desert and hit coastal cities, lifting and carrying sand. These winds are called "sharki" (Arabic for "east"), though most often these winds come from the south.

A large such storm occurred in Dubai on July 13, 2017. It began at 5.30am, peaked around 10am and did not stop until evening.

The maximum recorded wind speed was 40 kilometers per hour. Visibility dropped to 1 kilometer, and to 100 meters in some places. As it looked, see the photo near, click on the photo to enlarge to full screen.

The last such storm occurred on August 14-15, 2022 (this page was updated in September 2022). This time the storm was long, two whole days, but caused almost no damage.

In the event of a sandstorm, we recommend:

- Do not leave the hotel;

- If you do decide to leave the hotel, at least wear a medical mask and goggles;

- Do not swim in the sea. The sea can be unpredictable;

- Accept the fact that one or two days of vacation are lost irrevocably.

Remember that sandstorms can be very dangerous for those with lung diseases.



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Hurricanes and downpours

Unfortunately, they have become a regular phenomena in the UAE in recent years.

In 2013, a storm struck on November 17. Between 80 and 190 millimeters of rain fell in various places along the coast. Schools and colleges closed. Dubai was even about to cancel the Dubai Airshow. Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah were the hardest hit. Roads, houses and parks were flooded. One person, Lieutenant Hassan Rashid Al-Shamili, died then his car was washed away.

In 2014, a storm hit Dubai and Sharjah on March 25 and 26. Roads were flooded and it took drivers 3-4 hours to get home instead of the usual 30-40 minutes. A huge traffic jam formed on the Sheikh Zayed Road between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

In 2015, there were heavy rains in Dubai and Sharjah on January 20. Roads were flooded and traffic was difficult.

In 2016, March 9, it rained in Dubai. Car traffic in the city almost came to a halt. Nearly 300 millimeters of rain fell.

In 2017, storms hit all the Gulf Coast emirates on March 24. Winds up to 75 kilometers per hour and 95 millimeters of rain fell. In Ajman, the stage of The Desert Warrior Challenge was postponed. In Abu Dhabi, the Etihad planes could not fly out. Many kilometers of traffic jams formed in Dubai. The level of road flooding in Dubai can be seen in the photo above, click on the photo to enlarge.

In 2020, March 21, there was a strong storm, but people were barely affected as everyone was advised to be home due to COVID-19. But real estate was affected, especially in the Dubai Marina area.

In October 2021, a terrible cyclone called Shaheen was approaching the Persian Gulf. But the UAE wasn't hurt, as the cyclone has hit Oman, where it has lost all its energy. Congratulations to the people of the UAE. Our mercy to the people of Oman.

On January 1, 2022 there was a short storm that lasted only a couple of hours. Such a gift to Emiratians for the New Year. The rainfall ranged from 20 to 100 millimeters in different parts of the country. There was a strong wind.

The trend is frightening

Storms have come to the UAE every year since 2013. It is impossible to predict the moment of the storm, so it is difficult to plan a vacation to avoid it. Fortunately, the storm will not ruin your vacation completely, but only "eat up" a few days.

The Emiratis themselves are very much afraid of these storms. Not surprisingly, because they see the rain rarely. The common puddle is an extraordinary phenomenon for them. The usual lightning, they are afraid of. In addition, they have no experience of driving on wet roads, hence the large number of road accidents.

Snow in the UAE

Snow in the United Arab Emirates in modern times has been observed four times in the mountains in the Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah.

On December 30, 2004, snow fell for the first time. At the time it caused an extensive reaction in the press in the UAE. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi (the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah) personally went up to the mountains to see the snow and took a small amount to show reatives.

The snow in 2004 was the result of a dramatic cold snap, which led to bad consequences in the rest of the emirates. Rains became a reason for more than 500 traffic accidents being reported in Dubai, including one fatality.

On January 24, 2009, there was a second snowfall.

On February 5, 2017, snow fell on Mount Jabal Jais. A huge car line of people wanting to see the snow lined up to the mountain. Authorities did not allow people on the mountain, but some Emiratis managed to get there and ride the snow slides, as reported by CNN.

January 15, 2020 was the last time snow fell on Mount Jabal Jais.

On January 10, 2022, the temperature dropped below 0°C on Jabal Jais Mount. There was plenty of ice, but no snow. But even the ice was a highlight for the Emiratis.

This is interesting

In ancient times, the climate on the territory of the modern UAE was not so severe, and was similar to the Mediterranean climate. There were even ancient agricultural civilizations - the Hafit, Umm Al-Nar and Wadi Suk cultures. You can read more about them in our review "History of the UAE".

It's sad

In the UAE, there are criminal penalties and huge fines for those who leave a child alone in a car. Unfortunately, there have been cases where children have died in the heat in cars, and after that they have imposed penalties. Read about what else you need to know about traveling with children in our review "Vacationing in the UAE with children".

We wish your pleasant vacation in the UAE not to be spoiled by storms and hurricanes, and read our interesting pages about this country (see list of the pages below).

TIPS

Tips for Tourists in the UAE

IMPORTANT FOR TOURISTS

What to Take for the UAE

What You Should Not Do in the UAE

To the UAE with Kids

Sharks in the UAE

Weather in the UAE by Month

Holidays in the UAE

Are Unmarried Young Women
Allowed to Enter the UAE?

All-Inclusive in the UAE

Power Sockets & Voltage in the UAE

Hotels in the UAE with Own Beach

GENERAL INFORMATION

The UAE - Info, Facts, Figures

What Language is Spoken in the UAE

Population and Citizens of the UAE

History of the UAE

Flag of the UAE

Friday and Weekend in the UAE

Ramadan in the UAE

Sheikh Zayed - Father of Nation

Sheikhs of the UAE

GIFTS AND CUSTOMS LAW

What to Bring from the UAE

What You Can and Not Bring In the UAE

What You Can and Not Take Out the UAE

VAT Refund in the UAE

Shopping in the UAE - Why is Cheap

Date Fruits in the UAE

Camel Milk and Dairy Products

Bakhoor and Oud

MONEY AND EXPENSES

Money in the UAE - Emirati Dirham

Currency Exchange in the UAE

How Much Money to Take to the UAE

Food Prices in the UAE

Tourist Taxes in the UAE

Alcohol in the UAE

Cigarettes and Smoking in the UAE

Vape and iQos in the UAE

TRANSPORT

Dubai Metro - Fares and Map

Taxi in the UAE - Fares and Guide

NOL Transport Card Dubai

Dubai Tram

Dubai Monorail

Buses in the UAE

FROM AIRPORT TO CITY

From Dubai Airport (DXB) to City

From Al Maktoum Airport (DWC) to City

From Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) to City

From Sharjah Airport (SHJ) to City

TRIPS BETWEEN EMIRATES

From Dubai to Abu-Dhabi

Free Buses Dubai - Abu-Dhabi

From Sharjah to Dubai

From Ras Al-Khaimah to Dubai

From Ajman to Dubai

From Fujairah to Dubai

From Umm Al-Quwain to Dubai

TELECOM

Internet in the UAE

Cheap Calls from the UAE

Free SIM-card in Dubai

UAE Phone Codes

EMIRATES

Dubai

Deira

Bur Dubai

Dubai Marina

Jumeirah

Downtown

TOP Attractions in Dubai

Beaches in Dubai

Abu Dhabi

Al Ain

Yas Island

Beaches in Abu Dhabi

Sharjah

Beaches in Sharjah

Ajman

Ras Al Khaimah

Umm Al Quwain

Fujairah

ATTRACTIONS IN THE UAE

Best Attractions in the UAE

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DUBAI

Burj Khalifa

Dubai Fountain

Excursions in Dubai

How to Save on Entertainment in Dubai

DUBAI MALL

The Best in Dubai Mall

Dubai Aquarium

Candylicious in Dubai Mall

Waterfall in Dubai Mall

DUBAI DEIRA

Gold Market in Dubai

Al Mamzar Beach and Park

Deira Clock Tower

City Centre Deira Mall

JUMEIRAH DISTRICT

Burj Al Arab

Wild Wadi Water Park

Jumeirah Mosque

Dubai Marina Mall

Madinat Jumeirah

Jumeirah Beach

PALM JUMEIRAH

Aquaventure

The Lost Chambers

Dolphin Bay

Palm Fountains

The View at the Palm

DUBAI PARKS AND RESORTS

LEGOLAND

MOTIONGATE

LEGOLAND Water Park

BLUEWATERS ISLAND

Ain Dubai

Madame Tussauds

BUR DUBAI

The Dubai Frame

Dubai Dolphinarium

Al Fahidi Fort Museum

Museum of the Future

DUBAI - SOUTH-EAST

Global Village

Miracle Garden

Butterfly Garden

IMG Worlds of Adventure

MALL OF THE EMIRATES

Mall of the Emirates

Ski Dubai

ABU DHABI CITY

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace

Observation Deck at 300

Sheikh Zayed Memorial

Heritage Village

Corniche Waterfront

Sir Bani Yas

YAS ISLAND

Ferrari World

Formula Rossa

Galleria Ferrari

Warner Bros Park

Yas WaterWorld

Yas Marina & Formula 1

Yas Mall

SHARJAH

Sharjah Fountains

Sharjah Aquarium

Museum of Islamic Civilization

Al Noor Mosque

Mega Mall

AJMAN

Ajman Fish Market

Ajman Fort and Museum

City Centre Ajman Mall

UMM AL QUWAIN

DreamLand Water Park

NATIONAL CUISINE

Emirati Cuisine - What to Taste

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