Dubai during Summer – What to Expect?

March 31st 2021
Written by: Tracy
Summer in Dubai

The Dubai summer officially starts at the beginning of June and lasts till the end of September. It is notoriously hot and this often puts people off from visiting at this time of year. Dubai in Summer can still be a great time to come and we would recommend if visiting Dubai at this time. We will show you how to get the most out if your visit to Dubai in summer.

Even though Dubai does get quite hot during summer, the city adapts to the heat just like European cities adapt to the cold during winter. Everywhere is air conditioned so you can go about your day as usual. Although it isn’t as comfortable to spend time outdoors, there are still some ways to get outside. You don’t have to be cooped up inside in an air-conditioned hotel or at the Malls the whole time. We share some summer tips and ways to escape the heat of the city during Dubai’s infamous summer months.

Summer Watersports in Dubai

Being on the coastline, there are lots of watersports in Dubai. Most of these activities run straight through the summer. Going wake-boarding, stand-up paddle boarding or driving your own boat along the coastline is a great way to experience the outdoors and admire modern Dubai from the coastline. Get out on the water and feel the breeze in your hair!


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Summer Desert Safaris in Dubai

Something that you may be surprised to learn is that about 2 hours before the sun sets (around 5pm), the desert is actually cooler than the city. This is because there is not a lot of moisture in the sand so it cools down quite rapidly. It can be between 7-10 degrees cooler than the city. In the city, the heat gets trapped in the concrete building and the roads, the traffic and the people make it take a lot longer to cool down in the evenings. This makes the desert a great place to escape to in the late afternoons and early evenings. The most popular way to experience the desert is on a desert safari. You can go on a desert safari in an open-top Land Rover or inside an air-conditioned 4×4.


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Summer in Dubai Tips

If you are out and about during summer time in Dubai, we would recommend that you take a water bottle with you to stay hydrated at all times, make sure you wear sunscreen and sunglasses and possibly also a hat for extra protection from the sun.

Benefits of visiting Dubai during Summer

While some people may avoid Dubai during summer, it is a great stopover destination if you are travelling across the world to or from Australia and Europe. Because this time of year is not the busy tourism season in Dubai, you get to enjoy some of the top attractions without the crowds. You are still able to do the quintessential Dubai activities like desert safaris and watersports, and many of the hotels and restaurants offer discounts over the quieter months.

So, if you are planning a trip to Dubai, summer is still an option and if you are travelling across the world, why not consider Dubai as a stopover destination?