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Travel: when is the best time to visit the United Arab Emirates?

The United Arab Emirates is one of the most popular tourist destinations the world over. The country has a subtropical climate, which means it has more than abundant sunshine. However, with the scorching heat of its summers, it’s crucial to choose the right time to be able to enjoy this country as much as possible.

For all intents and purposes, the best time to visit the UAE is between November and April. During this period, the weather is mild, making it ideal for exploration and outdoor activities. The average temperature hovers around 25 degrees Celsius, with slightly cooler nights and early mornings, particularly in the desert areas.



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Summer heat precautions

On the other hand, if you decide to travel between May and September, brace yourself for potentially extreme heat, especially if you’re more accustomed to more pleasant temperatures year round. The UAE experiences soaring temperatures during these months, with averages of approximately 35 degrees Celsius and occasional peaks exceeding 50 degrees. If you choose to visit during this time, it’s advisable to plan indoor activities and take necessary precautions to beat the heat. This also means that lightweight and casual clothing is a must, suitable for the generally warm climate. Since the sun is omnipresent and the UV index can be high, remember to pack sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.



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For those seeking beach experiences however, the UAE offers swimming opportunities year-round. The average water temperature ranges from 22 degrees celsius in January to March, but in November and December reaches around 26 degrees celsius.

Festivities and special occasions

The United Arab Emirates plan festivities throughout the year. The Dubai Marathon and Abu Dhabi Festival kick off the year in January. In February, music lovers can revel in the tunes of the Dubai Jazz Festival. March adds a flavourful twist with the Dubai Food Festival and the Taste of Dubai. In November, art enthusiasts have the opportunity to take part in the Abu Dhabi Art Fair, held in Saadiyat.


It’s also worth noting that the country remains open and welcomes visitors even during the month of Ramadan. However, it’s important to be additionally careful as this month is a significant occasion for Muslims around the world. Emirati law prohibits eating, drinking, or smoking in public before sunset during this month, but most hotel restaurants do not enforce this rule as they’re more accustomed to tourists.


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Publié le 14 July 2023