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Traveling to Dubai for the First Time (2024): 19 Tips & Tricks

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Posted on Last updated: March 26, 2024

Traveling to Dubai for the First Time (2024): 19 Tips & Tricks

Traveling to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) for the first time  and not sure where to start? Indeed, planning a trip to Dubai might be overwhelming, even more so if this is your first time in this rapidly growing and continuously changing city!

When is the best time to visit? How much time do you need in Dubai? What are the best areas to stay in and how to travel around? Do you need to pre-book tickets or can you just go with the flow? How to save time and money and still see the best that Dubai has to offer?

Dubai is a city of contrasts, a place where modern extravagance and traditional values go hand in hand. From its towering skyscrapers to its pristine beaches and bustling souks, visiting Dubai is like stepping into a different world…

To help you plan your first trip to this dynamic and unique city, in this guide we share some of our top travel tips for visiting Dubai .

We have visited Dubai several times and all the information and tips in this article are based on our personal experience. Some of these tricks we only learned after several trips…

This practical guide includes all the info I wish we had known before planning a trip to Dubai. These tips will not only help you plan your trip, but will also show you how to make the best of your visit, time, and budget. Find out!

Top 5 Experiences in Dubai:

  • Burj Khalifa (book in advance + opt for the level 148 ticket for priority access).
  • Desert Safari.
  • Museum of the Future (book well in advance!).
  • Luxury Yacht Tour .
  • Abu Dhabi Day Trip .

What to know when traveling to Dubai - practical information and helpful travel tips for visiting Dubai UAE

Here are our top travel tips for visiting Dubai:

1. Avoid Traveling in Summer

Dubai is known for its scorching temperatures, especially during the summer months. To give you an idea, average daytime temperatures during June, July, and August are well over 40°C (104°F). Even in April or November, Dubai temperatures usually still exceed 30°C (86°F).

The best time to visit Dubai is during the winter months – between December and February. The daytime temperatures at this time of the year are usually around 25°C (77°F). So it’s still warm enough to enjoy beaches, pools, and waterparks, but the temperatures are also pleasant for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

Good to know: Winter is also the peak tourist season in Dubai. So expect accommodation prices to be higher and more crowds at the main attractions. However, with some advance planning and preparation, you can still have a very enjoyable visit, more than in the summer.

The shoulder season – the months of March-April or October-November – can be a good time to visit Dubai as well. If you don’t mind temperatures of around 30-35°C (86-95°F), you can take advantage of somewhat lower prices and fewer crowds than in the winter.

In addition, you may want to check when Ramadan is. During this month, most Muslims do not eat from sunrise to sunset, so many restaurants will be closed during the day. This may might impact your experience, depending on the places you visit.

TIP: No matter when you visit Dubai, be prepared for the heat by wearing lightweight, breathable clothing, using sun protection, and staying hydrated. Plan outdoor activities for the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the peak heat.

READ ALSO: What It’s Like to Visit Dubai in February

Camels in Dubai desert

2. Book Attraction Tickets in Advance

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when planning a trip to Dubai is not to plan/book attraction tickets in advance.

Booking in advance means more time slots to choose from, better prices, and less time wasted queuing.  After all, you want to make the most of your trip to Dubai and not spend all your precious time standing in lines.

Good to know: Tickets to many popular attractions in Dubai are often sold out at least a few days in advance. Furthermore, many tickets are cheaper if booked online. In addition, some attraction tickets, e.g. Atlantis Aquaventure , cost less if you book at least a week before your visit.

For some places, not reserving in advance means that you won’t be able to visit at all.  For example, the Museum of the Future is so popular that all tickets are usually sold out at least 2-3 weeks upfront. If you want to be able to choose the time slot that fits you best, you need to book at least a month in advance.

If you want to visit observation decks at Burj Khalifa or Dubai Frame , you also need to book ahead. In most cases, a few days in advance is sufficient, but it really depends on the period when you travel and how flexible you are. Also, consider visiting these attractions early in the morning or late in the evening for smaller crowds and better photo opportunities.

PRO TIP: For Burj Khalifa, we recommend getting a ticket that includes Level 148 . Not only you get to visit another level which is not included with standard tickets, but you also get skip-the-line access through the security check and at the elevators, and it includes some snacks and drinks. It’s well worth it.

Overall, we always recommend booking tickets and tours at least a month before your trip. But keep in mind that for many popular destinations worldwide booking a month or even two upfront is not sufficient anymore.

Tickets don’t get cheaper and there’s less availability the longer you wait. Plus, if you use GetYourG u ide for all attraction tickets and tours like we do, you can take advantage of their very flexible cancelation policy.

Good to know: Booking tickets/tours via websites like GetYourGuide , Viator , or Tiqets also saves you money on exchange rates. The exchange rate they use is the official rate and transactions are in your currency. Whereas if you pay on the spot, it will usually cost you quite a lot more (not only because many tickets are more expensive at the counter, but also because of credit card fees, exchange rate deviations, etc.).

Plus, booking and paying ahead makes it easier to budget for your vacation and keep your credit card’s spending limit available for other expenses during your trip.

READ ALSO: Top Places to See & Things to Do in Dubai

Burj Khalifa Dubai

3. Foresee Enough Time & Plan Wisely

There is one thing that you may not realize as a first-time visitor to Dubai and that’s how huge the city is. It’s not a place that you can compare to cities like Rome or London , or even New York City where you can still walk between many attractions and see a lot in a short time…

Dubai is totally different! It’s big, not really walkable (except in some areas), and the attractions are spread out all over the enormous and ever-growing city.

Plus, road works and traffic jams turn every ride into an expedition. The same trip that takes 20 minutes at night or early in the morning can take you an hour or even longer during the day. And yes, public transport can be a good option, but it also has its limitations – more about it further below.

Good to know: When planning your sightseeing itinerary, you will see that most Dubai attractions work with timed entry slots. Be sure to foresee plenty of extra time everywhere though! Even with timed entry tickets, you will often be standing in line for an hour or even longer, not to mention the time that it takes to actually visit the place or get from one attraction to the other.

TIP: So while planning what to see and do, foresee enough extra time between the sights and don’t try to do too much in a single day. Also, group the attractions based on their location, and go for a mix of top attractions with some lesser-known ones. That way, you don’t have to rush from one queue to another and your trip will be much more relaxed.

This brings us to the next tip – see below.

AYA Universe - Dubai travel tips

4. Don’t Try to See Everything

There is so much to see and do in Dubai that you could easily stay here for a few months and still not experience everything the area has to offer. So resist FOMO and the urge of having to see ‘everything’. It’s simply impossible, especially if you are only traveling to Dubai for just a few days or a week.

TIP: Choose a few places, attractions, and experiences that interest you the most and focus on those rather than ticking off boxes just because some guidebook told you that one or the other place is ‘a must’.

If you absolutely want to go to the top of Burj Khalifa, well – just do it and tick it off your bucket list. After all, how often will you get a chance to visit the world’s tallest building… In that case, book tickets in advance and be prepared to queue, or save time and avoid the crowds with priority access .

On the other hand, maybe you are perfectly content just seeing the building from the outside and rather spend your time visiting other viewing platforms like Sky Views , the View at The Palm , or Dubai Frame …

Or maybe you don’t care about any of these at all and much rather spend a day at a water park , exploring the old town souks (markets), or enjoying the views from a luxury yacht …

Dubai has so much to offer to all types of travelers. So personalize your itinerary based on what you really want to do, taking into account the time that you have, your interests, and your budget. If you are visiting Dubai with the family, try to incorporate some fun activities for the kids in your itinerary as well, even if it means that you’ll have less time for sightseeing.

READ ALSO: Dubai Itinerary (detailed guide for a week in Dubai)

Dubai tips - lazy river at Aquaventure water park

5. Consider Tours & Private Drivers

If you want to see a lot of Dubai in a short time or you don’t know where to even start deciding where to go, consider booking tours or private guides/drivers .

Sometimes, a private driver can also be cheaper than taking a taxi between all those places, and often, you can also find cars that can take up to 6 passengers (vs 4 in most taxis).

Just to be clear, I am talking about quickly seeing multiple places all over the city in a single day. If you want to spend more time exploring the sites, you better go on your own.

There are tons of different ‘city highlights’ tours that bring you to many of the main landmarks of Dubai in (half) a day. Keep in mind that in most cases, your ‘visit’ will be just a quick photo stop, so it’s not comparable to actually visiting the sights. But it’s a good way to get an introduction to Dubai and catch a glimpse of the top spots.

PRO TIP: If you do a city highlights tour, do it at the beginning of your trip! That way, you can later come back to some of the places that you like the most. An ideal way to explore Dubai is to take an introductory city tour first as you arrive and then thoroughly visiting some of the main landmarks and attractions on your own later.

Abu Dhabi day trip tip: One of the best guided tours we recently did in Dubai was this highly-rated tour. If you want to see the top sights of Abu Dhabi in a day, this tour has by far the best itinerary (I compared many tours before we chose this one and it didn’t disappoint).

READ ALSO: Best Abu Dhabi Tours from Dubai (+Review of the Tour We Chose)

Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Mosque - day trip from Dubai

6. Save Time & Money with Combination Tickets

Dubai is expensive, there is no arguing about it. But with some smart planning, you can save some money on some of the main attractions.

One of the best ways to do this is by opting for combination tickets and/or city cards that include several popular places.

Here are some of the most popular deals:

  • Burj Khalifa + Dubai Aquarium (+-$20 savings per person).
  • Atlantis Aquaventure + Lost Chambers Aquarium (+-$25-30 savings per person).
  • GoCity Explorer Pass (up to 50% savings, depending on the attractions you visit).

Good to know: Some tickets cost more during the most popular times. For example, Burj Khalifa around sunset. So if you want to save money, be sure to check prices for different time slots/days when making reservations.

Lost Chambers Aquarium in Dubai

7. Stay Longer

You might be wondering how much time you need to see the best of Dubai. Well, there is really no straightforward answer to this and so much depends on your interests.

That being said, I recommend planning at least a week for a first visit to Dubai. But if you have time and your budget allows it, stay longer. You won’t get bored!

With a week in Dubai, you will be able to visit most of the top landmarks, explore several different parts of the city, and also find some time to relax and unwind. If you want to spend more time at the beach or by the pool, visit a water park or a theme park with your kids, or make a day trip to Abu Dhabi, ideally, you plan at least 10-12 days for Dubai.

But don’t worry if your trip is shorter and you can’t extend it. You can have a perfectly enjoyable visit and see a lot even if you only have a day or two in Dubai. Via the link below, you can find plenty of ideas for planning a shorter visit.

LEARN MORE: Dubai Stopover: How to See The Best of Dubai in 1-2 Days

Kids flying at iFlyDubai

8. Choose the Location of Your Hotel Wisely

Deciding where to stay in Dubai might not be as straightforward as you may think, especially if the main purpose of your visit is to explore the city.

There is not one perfect place to stay in Dubai – it’s simply much too big and too spread out for that.

However, some areas are better than others and some are really a disaster for commute. If you pick the wrong location, you might be stuck in traffic for hours every time you want to go anywhere and do some sightseeing. On the other hand, that same spot might be perfect for those who are mainly interested in swimming and dining, and are just looking for a relaxing vacation with maybe one or two excursions that include a pick-up and drop-off at the hotel…

TIP: I strongly recommend that you look at the map and the location of the places that you want to visit before deciding where to stay in Dubai. Also, consider how you will travel around.

For example, staying within walking distance of a metro station might save you a lot of time and money on commuting if you plan to do lots of sightseeing. Whereas staying in a nice walkable area with lots of shops and restaurants will be ideal if you like to go out at night.

Here are two of the very best areas to stay in Dubai:

  • Dubai Downtown (the area around Dubai Mall – Burj Khalifa) is very central and is perfect for those who want to do a lot of sightseeing, but also for shopping and dining. Sofitel Dubai Downtown is a great choice in this area, close to Dubai Mall and just near a metro station. Remember, however, that this is the heart of the city, so very busy and far from the sea.
  • Dubai Marina in the south of the city is another popular area to stay in Dubai. It’s a great choice for those who are looking for a more relaxing vacation, boat trips, water parks, dining, shopping, etc. The beach is not too far from here, however, it will take at least 45-60 minutes to reach the city center. Millennium Place is a very popular hotel not too far from the main Marina area and close to the metro. On a somewhat higher budget, JW Marriott Hotel Marina is a wonderful choice if you want to be in the heart of the Marina.

TIP: On our most recent visit to Dubai, we stayed at Rove La Mer Beach Hotel . It’s close to the downtown area, so quite convenient for sightseeing, but also with direct access to a private beach – the best of both worlds. We loved this hip modern hotel, also because it’s much smaller and more intimate – a kind of place where you don’t have to worry about losing your kids at breakfast. It also offers great price/quality for Dubai. The only downside is that the area around the hotel is still developing with lots of construction going on, but it will only get more attractive in the future.

Rove La Mer Beach Hotel in Dubai

9. Beware of Tourism Taxes

Hotel stays (including hotel apartments, guesthouses, holiday homes, etc.) in the United Arab Emirates are taxed with various fees, surcharges, and taxes. These amounts might vary depending on the hotel, but it’s not abnormal that these taxes add over 20-25% to your room rate.

For example, our recent hotel invoice in Dubai showed a 10% service charge, 7% municipality fees, 5 % VAT, and an additional 10 AED (+-$3) Tourism Dirham Fee per night.

Altogether, we paid about 24,4% on top of the official room rate. The good thing is that we knew in advance how much we had to pay. Otherwise, this could be a very unpleasant surprise…

So when looking for accommodation in Dubai and comparing prices, make sure that you are actually comparing the same thing!

Many hotel websites show prices without (some/any) taxes, so you may think that booking directly with them is cheaper. Often, it’s not the case at all!

TIP: We always use Booking.com for our accommodation bookings, also in Dubai. With them, you see the total price, including all fees and taxes, so you know exactly how much you will spend. (Depending on booking conditions, you may have to prepay for the stay in advance whereas the taxes are charged separately when you arrive at the hotel, but the total amount you see when making a reservation is correct).

Burj Al Arab luxury hotel in Dubai UAE

10. Use Public Transport & Local Taxis

Dubai’s public transport system is efficient and inexpensive. Depending on where you are staying and traveling to, it might be very convenient to use the Dubai Metro, Tram, Monorail, or even local buses.

However, this depends on the exact trip you are planning to make and also on the size of your group. Sometimes, public transport is the best way to get around the city quickly and affordably. But there are also many situations when it’s a real hassle and doesn’t make your trip faster or much cheaper.

In those cases, you will be glad to know that taxis are rather affordable in Dubai . The most expensive taxi ride we recently took in Dubai was 25 kilometers, it took over 50 minutes, and it cost us 76 AED (+-$21).

However, be careful that you only use official taxis! Because e.g. Uber is often quite a lot more expensive. Not even to mention that they sometimes charge twice the price during peak times of increased demand. We learned this the hard way, after taking a few overpriced Uber rides…

Also, unlike in many other countries where we use Uber all the time, in Dubai, you never really know how much you will pay until the end of the ride. The price you see in the beginning is usually just an approximate indication.

TIP: Install Careem app on your smartphone and use it to request ‘Hala Taxi’. That’s the best way to get an official taxi in Dubai. If you request ‘Rides’, it works similar as Uber and is more expensive. We learned this from a local taxi driver after a few very unpleasant experiences with Uber and private drivers randomly offering their services at the main tourist spots, and it saved us a fortune.

To give you an idea, we were quoted 120 AED ($33) by Uber and 150 AED ($40) by random ‘kind strangers’ for a ride that in the end cost us 22 AED ($6) by official taxi. When it comes to busy times and popular tourist hotspots, getting a taxi ride in Dubai can feel like navigating the Wild West…

LEARN MORE: Tourist Guide to Dubai Public Transport

Dubai travel tips - metro

11. Start Your Days Early

One of the best ways to make the most out of your trip to Dubai is to start your days early.

There’s much less traffic in the morning, so you can get everywhere much quicker. But the main advantage is that there are hardly any other people, even at the most popular attractions. In addition – if you are visiting Dubai in the warmest months – getting up early is the best way to avoid the biggest heat.

Good to know: Be sure to check opening times of the places you want to visit. While some attractions don’t open until noon, many others are open from 9-10 AM. There are also places – like e.g. Burj Khalifa – that you can visit at 7 AM, and on some days even earlier if you like…

For example, we recently went to the Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis around opening time. There were no lines at the entrance and we could also do many popular slides without any wait. A few hours later, people were queuing for 45-60 minutes at the same rides…

In addition, the taxi ride to get there in the morning took us just 22 minutes. That same ride to get back to our hotel in the evening was over 50 minutes, not counting more than 10 minutes for a taxi to arrive… So yes, it really pays to explore Dubai in the morning!

READ ALSO: Tips & Tricks for Visiting Atlantis Aquaventure

Dubai Creek traditional boat Abra ride

12. Stay Connected

While pretty much all public places and tourist attractions in Dubai offer free Wi-Fi, we highly recommend getting a local SIM card for your visit to UAE. There are so many situations when it’s just much easier to stay connected. For example, if you need to book a taxi ride, or book some tickets on the go, etc.

Depending on your data plan, roaming can cost a fortune in Dubai. My provider sent me an sms saying that using data in UAE will cost me 15 euros per megabyte (ouch! and no, thank you!). So the first thing I did after landing in Dubai was disconnect roaming.

There are several ways to approach this:

  • Pocket Wi-Fi. One of the easiest ways to stay connected on the go is by renting a pocket WiFi at Dubai airport . This is a very convenient option if you don’t want to change anything on your phone. It’s also convenient if you are traveling with a family/friends since you can connect up to 10 devices to it.
  • Local SIM card. Alternatively, you can opt opt for a physical SIM card, which is also available at the airport . With this option, you will need to place this card into your phone. If you want to keep your ‘own’ phone number working as well, see if your phone has a dual SIM option – then you can use both. Otherwise, you may want to bring an old phone to use with this local card.
  • eSIM. There are many providers available (just search online), but what’s included and the prices vary a lot. Depending on which one you choose and also on your device, this can be a very easy and simple process, but it’s also not very straightforward if you have never done it before. Also, not all phones allow eSIM – so be sure to double-check if your smartphone has this capability.

Dubai Frame with flowers - Dubai tips

13. Respect Local Culture

While Dubai is a very cosmopolitan city, it’s also a place with different cultural norms and traditions. Overall, UAE is very ‘Western’ and Dubai in particular is very laid back and relaxed. With over 200 nationalities living in Dubai, it’s a true melting pot of different cultures. Still, remember that you are a visitor here, and be respectful.

Dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites or public places. Also, avoid public displays of affection, as these can be considered disrespectful.

If you’re visiting during Ramadan, be mindful of local customs and traditions. Keep in mind that many traditional restaurants and cafes will be closed during the day but will come to life after sunset. If you are visiting during Ramadan and are planning sightseeing during the day or a day trip to e.g. Abu Dhabi, it’s advisable to pack your own lunch.

One of the most common questions we get is what to wear when traveling to Dubai. Well, you will see people wearing all kinds of clothing – from burkas that cover the entire body to revealing summer clothes that hardly cover much at all. However, while a lot is tolerated, it’s not always appreciated.

So when in doubt, remember that it’s always safer to cover your knees and shoulders. See-through clothing is also not the best idea, unless on a beach.

TIP: Wear loose light clothes – not as much for religious or cultural reasons, but also because of the heat. Long skirts/dresses or wide summer pants will be much more comfortable than tight clothes.

LEARN MORE: What to Wear in Dubai

Emirati woman baking traditional bread in Dubai

14. Use Credit Cards

The official currency in Dubai is the United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED) and all the prices are displayed in this currency. All regular businesses accept cash and electronic means of payment, such as credit cards or smartphone payments.

We haven’t encountered a single place in Dubai that wouldn’t accept a credit card. So if you want to make it easy and simple for yourself, you don’t even need to exchange money and can simply use cards everywhere.

Important! Inform your bank about your visit so that they don’t block your cards for ‘suspicious activity’. And even then… Despite precautions, one of my cards got blocked by a credit card company after a random payment at a restaurant in one of the main malls in Dubai. We had to call the bank to get them to unblock it again and they say that this happens when ‘the systems’ suspect anything suspicious, despite us having notified our bank in advance…

If you want to leave a tip to someone or purchase something small, you may want to have some local currency at hand. In that case, you can get some cash from local ATMs which you will find in malls all over the city. I strongly encourage you to only use ATMs attached to local bank offices as some others might charge additional fees and/or give the worst exchange rates.

PRO TIP: When using ATMs to withdraw money or paying by card, you always get an option between local currency (AED) and your own currency. Always choose local currency (AED) – that way, your bank will do the exchange and you will always get a better rate than the one offered by ATMs or pay terminals.

Good to know: We heard it on quite a few occasions that money is king in Dubai and it doesn’t matter in which currency you want to pay – they will accept it. Indeed, this is the case at the markets (souks) and some smaller private businesses. On a recent trip to Dubai, I could use Euros at the souk. The sellers also told us that they accept credit cards (just make sure to haggle – see below).

Dubai currency - United Arab Emirates Dirham notes and coins

15. Shop Smart

Dubai is a shopper’s paradise, but prices can vary a lot depending on where you shop. The prestigious locations like the Dubai Mall are home to some of the most expensive brands in the world and the prices here are usually very high. You will be able to find much better deals at the Dubai Outlet Mall, for example.

Also, if you go to various local markets (souks), be sure to shop around for better deals. Also, don’t forget to haggle – and not a little! Many sellers take advantage of tourists asking ridiculously high prices. Often, 3-4 times higher than what you should pay, and likely even more… Don’t be shy, offer the price that seems correct to you, and be prepared to walk away.

On a recent trip, I got intrigued by a perfume someone put on me while walking through the Dubai Spice Souk (this is common practice – people will (try to) put all kinds of stuff on you – from scarfs to perfumes etc.). So I asked how much it was. The prices depend on the size and the design of the bottle, they said, and so we settled on a medium-sized simple bottle and they told me it was 280 AED (+- 70 euros).

No way I would pay 70 euros for a tiny bottle of perfume at a market! And so we started the negotiations. In the end, I paid 20 euros in cash which – to me – felt like a correct price. The seller was telling me that this was way too low and he was only willing to do it because it was our last day in Dubai and my kids were cute… 😉

After that, I saw similar perfumes at Dubai Airport souvenir store and indeed, most of them were about 20-25 euros for about the same size I got. So don’t be afraid to negotiate and if you don’t feel comfortable with the price or the quality, simply walk away.

Arabic perfume at Dubai old town souk

16. Explore Beyond the Glitz

While Dubai is best known for its skyscrapers and extravagant landmarks, don’t miss out on its cultural gems as well.

One of the best places to catch a glimpse of authentic culture is Old Dubai. Visit the historic Al Fahidi neighborhood, explore the spice and gold souks, and take a traditional abra ride along Dubai Creek. These experiences are also quite touristy, but they are also totally different from the main attractions in Dubai.

TIP: There are many excellent guided tours that visit Old Dubai . They all take you to the same area, do the traditional boat ride on Dubai Creek, and visit the same local markets. Most tours also include local coffee and dades, and some also food tasting. While you can just visit the area on your own, these tours are really affordable and give you a somewhat deeper insight and insider tips.

On our recent visit, we chose this walking/food tour . It started with some traditional food tasting at a local restaurant, followed by a visit to the old town, a boat ride, and ended at the gold and spice souks. A nice way to spend a few hours and get to know a different side of the city.

READ ALSO: Best Tours in Dubai

Dubai spice souk - tips for visiting Dubai

17. Avoid Weekends

If you think Dubai is busy on a weekday, try to imagine it on a weekend or on public holidays.

So if you can adjust your plans, avoid visiting the most popular attractions on weekends (Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday).

If you are in Dubai for more than a few days, this is really not difficult to do. Visit the most popular places such as Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Global Village , Miracle Garden , or theme parks and water parks on weekdays.

On weekends, you can do more relaxing activities such as a sightseeing a yacht trip , a speedboat tour , spend time at the beach or by the pool, go parasailing or jetskiing , or take a desert tour – see below.

Dubai Mall and Aquarium

18. Experience the Desert

No trip to Dubai would be complete without experiencing its desert. Book a desert safari tour for an adrenaline-pumping ride over the dunes, followed by a traditional Bedouin-style dinner under the stars. It’s an unforgettable experience!

There are many desert tour options , but when you look closely, they are very similar in what they offer. Depending on the option you book, you have one main activity – usually, dune bashing in a jeep, quad, or camel ride. Afterward, you spend time in a desert camp where you can partake in all kinds of different experiences.

Some of these experiences include taking pictures with falcons and camels, sandboarding, various shows (traditional dance, belly dance, fire show), henna tattoos, etc. There is always lots of local food and it’s surprisingly good.

Our experience: We have done two desert tours in Dubai (on different trips) and they were both very similar and both excellent. The first time we went on this dune safari tour and on a recent trip, we opted for this highly-rated tour that includes a longer camel ride . In both cases, the second part of the tour was quite similar, the main difference was that the first tour included an exhilarating jeep ride through the dunes, and the second one – a 45-minute camel ride.

The whole family really enjoyed these tours and I couldn’t say which one is better. All I can tell you is that it’s a nice experience that will make your trip to Dubai even more memorable.

Dubai desert safari - tips and tricks for visiting Dubai

19. Don’t Forget Little Important Details

Here are some additional travel tips for Dubai:

  • Bring a reusable water bottle. Dubai is so warm and dry that you will want to carry a bottle of water on you at all times. If you want to minimize plastic waste, you may want to bring your own reusable water bottle. Tap water is, in general, safe to drink. In addition, you will also see free water taps at some public areas, where you can refill your bottles.
  • Pack a travel adapter. UAE uses  Type G  plugs, same as in the UK. However, we noticed that in most hotels you can also simply use European plugs and sometimes a simple USB cable. Still, we always pack a Type G adapter just to be safe.
  • Bring a power bank to charge your phone on the go. Also, carry extra batteries for your camera.
  • Know that you are not obliged to tip, but it’s also appreciated. Many people tip 10-15% at the restaurants or give a small tip to tour guides. If you like to tip, make sure you have some small bills of local currency.
  • Bring a small crossbody bag for sightseeing. At some landmarks, you will be asked to leave bigger bags/backpacks in a locker. I like Hedgren crossbody bags for travel – they are light, sturdy, and very durable. The one I have is big enough to hold my camera, a power bank, documents, and even two water bottles, and I was never asked to use a locker. But pack the smallest backpack and you’ll often have to leave it behind…
  • Don’t forget sun protection. A sun hat, sunscreen lotion, and sunglasses are a must when visiting Dubai!

Drinking water refill station in Dubai old town

So, these are some of the most useful travel tips for Dubai that you may want to know when traveling to this fascinating city for the first time. I hope that this helps you make the most of your visit.

Have a great trip!

Before you go, you may want to learn a bit more about Dubai with some surprising and interesting facts that will leave you fascinated and eager to explore more. Check it out: Fun & Interesting Facts About Dubai .

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Friday 23rd of February 2024

Thanks for the article. It is very informative.

Glad to help. Have a great time in Dubai!

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Welcome to the ultimate Dubai travel guide for 2024! Dubai is a city that never fails to amaze with its stunning architecture, luxurious hotels, and vibrant culture. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, there are some experiences in Dubai that you simply must not miss. From thrilling adventures to cultural discoveries, here are 15 must-do experiences that will make your trip to Dubai unforgettable.

1. Visit the Burj Khalifa

No trip to Dubai is complete without a visit to the iconic Burj Khalifa , the tallest building in the world. Take an elevator ride to the observation deck on the 148th floor and enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline. Don’t forget to capture the moment with some stunning photographs.

2. Explore the Dubai Mall

Adjacent to the Burj Khalifa is the Dubai Mall, a shopper’s paradise with over 1,200 stores. Besides shopping, you can also visit the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, watch the mesmerizing Dubai Fountain show, or indulge in some delicious cuisine at one of the many restaurants.

3. Take a Desert Safari

Escape the city and embark on a thrilling Desert Safari . Experience the adrenaline rush of dune bashing, ride a camel, try sandboarding, and witness a mesmerizing sunset in the desert. End the evening with a delicious barbecue dinner and traditional entertainment under the starry sky.

4. Visit the Palm Jumeirah

Explore the man-made island of Palm Jumeirah, home to luxurious resorts, stunning beaches, and the famous Atlantis, The Palm. Take a walk along the Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk, relax on the pristine beaches, or enjoy a day of water sports.

5. Discover Old Dubai

Step back in time and explore the historic neighborhood of Al Fahidi in Old Dubai. Wander through the narrow alleyways of the Al Bastakiya Quarter, visit the Dubai Museum housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, and take a traditional abra (water taxi) ride across the Dubai Creek.

6. Experience the Dubai Miracle Garden

Immerse yourself in a floral wonderland at the Dubai Miracle Garden , the world’s largest natural flower garden. Marvel at the stunning displays of over 150 million flowers arranged in intricate designs, including the iconic Emirates A380 plane covered in flowers.

7. Go Skiing at Ski Dubai

Experience the unique thrill of skiing in the middle of the desert at Ski Dubai. Hit the slopes, go snowboarding, or simply enjoy playing in the snow. Ski Dubai offers an unforgettable winter wonderland experience for all ages.

8. Visit the Dubai Marina

Stroll along the picturesque Dubai Marina, a bustling waterfront lined with restaurants, cafes, and luxurious yachts. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride, indulge in some shopping, or simply relax and soak in the vibrant atmosphere.

9. Explore the Dubai Frame

Get a glimpse of Dubai’s past, present, and future at the Dubai Frame . This architectural marvel offers panoramic views of the city from its glass bridge. Explore the museum on the ground floor to learn about Dubai’s transformation over the years.

10. Enjoy a Dhow Cruise

Embark on a traditional dhow cruise along the Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina. Sail on a wooden boat and enjoy a delicious dinner while taking in the stunning views of the city’s skyline illuminated at night.

11. Visit the Dubai Opera

Experience world-class entertainment at the Dubai Opera, a stunning architectural masterpiece. Catch a ballet performance, opera, or a concert by renowned artists. The Dubai Opera offers a diverse range of cultural performances throughout the year.

12. Explore the Dubai Gold Souk

Indulge in some retail therapy at the Dubai Gold Souk, a traditional market famous for its dazzling array of gold jewelry. Explore the narrow alleys filled with shops and haggle for the best prices. Even if you’re not planning to buy, it’s worth visiting to admire the craftsmanship.

13. Relax at Jumeirah Beach

Unwind and soak up the sun at Jumeirah Beach, one of Dubai’s most popular beaches. With its crystal-clear waters, white sand, and stunning views of the Burj Al Arab, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy some beach time.

14. Visit the Dubai Parks and Resorts

Experience the thrill of world-class theme parks at Dubai Parks and Resorts. From the adrenaline-pumping rides at Motiongate Dubai to the water slides at Legoland Water Park, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

15. Take a Helicopter Ride

Get a bird’s-eye view of Dubai’s iconic landmarks with a thrilling helicopter ride. Soar above the city and marvel at the Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, and the World Islands. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Plan your trip to Dubai in 2024 with this ultimate travel guide. Discover the top attractions and must-do experiences in Dubai, including visiting the Burj Khalifa, exploring the Dubai Mall, taking a desert safari, and more. Whether you’re interested in architecture, shopping, or cultural discoveries, Dubai has something for everyone. Don’t miss out on these 15 unforgettable experiences in Dubai. Start planning your Dubai itinerary today!

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DUBAI, UAE - February 18: Burj Khalifa the tallest building in the world. Dubai Downtown cityscape. Dubai evening skyline, busy roads, sunset on February 18, 2017 in Dubai.

Dubai has warm temperatures year round, and the pleasantly warm winter months are perfect for exploring the city © Umar Shariff / Shutterstock

With its location in the Arabian desert, it's no surprise that Dubai has only two settings on its thermostat: warm and hot. In the months when much of the Northern Hemisphere is shivering, Dubai makes a great getaway for winter sun, but in the sweltering summer months, anyone who is brave enough to stay in the city is hustling between air-conditioned patches of cool.

Here's a month-by-month guide for the best time to visit Dubai .

Editor's note: During COVID-19, please check the latest travel restrictions before planning any trip and always follow government health advice. Events may be subject to change.

High season: November to April

Best time for outdoor urban adventures

Visitors on the viewing platform at the Burj Khalifa, Dubai

When much of the Northern Hemisphere is bundled up in hats and winter coats, Dubai is blossoming. Moderate temperatures bring in major festivals and events, and al fresco dining lasts late into the night. Accommodation rates are high. Outdoor activities and excursions into the desert are best done at this time of year.

Shoulder season: May, September and October

Best time for quiet beach holidays

Boat on a canal through Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

The days are hot, and the nights are balmy. Because the winter crowds have disappeared, these months are good for quiet beach holidays, with sea temperatures averaging 82°F (28°C). Pleasant temperatures also mean it's still possible to camp in the desert.

Low season: June to August

Best time for budget travelers and indoor shopping

Visitors at the Aquarium in Dubai Mall

During the hot and humid summer months, travelers on a budget can more easily book into Dubai five-star's accommodations thanks to steep discounts. Life moves indoors, and summer sales lure shoppers into the air-conditioned malls.

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Here's a monthly guide to what you can expect through the year in Dubai. All events are subject to change.

January is a blissful month in Dubai. When much of the rest of the world is suffering post-festive season doldrums and icy conditions, the daytime temperatures in Dubai average a pleasant 77°F (25°C). January is still Dubai's coldest month, so bring a light jacket for evenings out. Key events:  Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Marathon

February in Dubai is another warm and winning month, with sun-kissed weather and plenty going on, including many outdoor events. Pack a pashmina for al fresco evenings. Key events:  Dubai Jazz Festival, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Dubai Food Festival

Dubai's weather in March might be heating up a fraction, but it is still near perfect in this action-packed month, with warm seas for swimming and enough of space on the sand. Key events:  Festival of Literature, Art Dubai, Sikka Art Fair, Taste of Dubai, Dubai World Cup, Middle East Film and Comic Con, Burj Al Arab Swim, Dubai International Boat Show

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The spring weather in Dubai is still warm rather than blistering, but school breaks mean you’ll see more tourists around the Easter holiday. April is a rollicking good month for beach fans and fashionistas. Key events: Fashion Forward, Al Marmoom Heritage Festival, start of Ramadan in 2021 and 2022

In May, temperatures in Dubai can nudge 95°C (35°C) or more, and most visitors have cleared out in anticipation of the summer heat wave. Beach clubs and indoor shopping centers provide welcome relief during the day.  Key events: Al Gaffal Dhow Race

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Summer has arrived, and it's already blisteringly hot outside. Life shifts indoors to air-conditioned malls and museums, and swimming in the sea or a hotel pool feels like sitting in a bathtub. Key events: Dubai Summer Surprises

July is the hottest month of the year in Dubai, and it's a scorcher, with average temperatures of 105°F (40°C). Flight prices and hotel rates drop significantly. You can really cool down at the city's snowy indoor slope, Ski Dubai . Key events:  Eid Al Adha in 2021 and 2022

Dubai is still roasting hot in August. Tourist attractions are generally empty, especially toward the end of the month when schools start up again.

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Dubai's searing summer temperatures are slowly starting to drop, and it's a good time to be by the sea. Excursions into the desert are possible again, and the balmy evenings lend themselves to stargazing among the sands.

Temperatures in Dubai have started to cool nicely, although you can still expect humidity and toasty warm days in early October. The cooler nights are lovely for a stroll along the Dubai Canal and for dining outdoors. Key events:  Diwali in 2022

By November, the summer heat has subsided, and visitors from colder climes are returning to enjoy the balmy temperatures. Much of life moves outdoors. Key events: Diwali in 2021, Dubai Rugby Sevens, DP World Tour Championship, Global Village

The end of the year marks the beginning of the peak tourist season for a reason: the sea is still warm, the air is crisp and clear, and evenings are warm enough for outdoor dining. Key events:  UAE National Day, Dubai International Film Festival

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32 Fun and Exciting Places to Visit in Dubai | 2024 (with Photos)

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Last Updated: January 4, 2024

Marvellous is a passionate travel enthusiast with a knack for uncovering hidden gems and capturing breathtaking moments through photography. With firsthand knowledge and a genuine love for Dubai, Marvellous shares an exhilarating collection of 32 must-visit destinations in the city, promising an unforgettable adventure filled with thrills and delights.

Fun and Unique Places to Visit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is known for its luxury hotels, shopping malls, and stunning skyscrapers. It is also home to the world's tallest building and the second-largest indoor amusement park in the world.

However, there is so much more to this city than just the glitz and glamor. From exciting theme parks to serene beaches, there is something for everyone in Dubai.

We've compiled a list of 32 unique places to visit in Dubai that offer a mix of adventure and relaxation. So, get ready to discover a whole new side of the Middle East and Dubai.

Most Recommended Thing to Do

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Top Choice Hotel

Burj Al Arab

Our Top Choice Restaurant

Our Top Choice Bar for Nightlife

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Best Time to Visit

Mild winters, avoid extreme summer heat and Ramadan

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Hot weather year-round with scorching summers.

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Dubai is an extraordinary city that seamlessly blends tradition and modernity. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture by exploring the historic Al Fahidi neighborhood, where you can wander through narrow streets lined with traditional wind towers, visit the Dubai Museum housed in a 200-year-old fort, and sip on aromatic Arabic coffee in a local café.

For a dose of adrenaline-pumping adventure, visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and take an exhilarating ride in the high-speed elevators to the observation deck on the 148th floor. From there, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the city's stunning skyline and the Arabian Gulf, creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you long after you leave this remarkable city.

What You'll Need to Bring

  • Visa (if required)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing
  • Travel adapter
  • Money or credit cards

What Not to Miss

  • Dubai Creek
  • Jumeirah Mosque
  • Palm Jumeirah
  • Dubai Marina
  • Dubai Museum
  • Bastakiya Quarter
  • The Desert Safari
  • Sheikh Zayed Road

What to Avoid

  • Overpacking: Dubai's climate is hot year-round, so it's best to avoid bringing heavy or unnecessary clothing items.
  • Public displays of affection: Dubai is a Muslim country with conservative cultural norms, so it's important to avoid excessive displays of affection in public.
  • Drinking in public: While alcohol is permitted in licensed venues such as hotels and restaurants, consuming alcohol in public places is generally not allowed.
  • Showing disrespect for local customs: It's important to be mindful of and respect local customs and traditions, such as dressing modestly when visiting religious sites.
  • Taking photos without permission: Avoid taking photos of people without their consent, especially in more traditional or conservative areas of the city.
  • Offensive behavior or language: Remember to be courteous and avoid using offensive language or behavior that may be deemed disrespectful to the local culture and community.
  • Neglecting to carry identification: It's advisable to always carry identification documents, such as your passport or Emirates ID, as you may be required to present them when needed.
  • Engaging in illegal activities: Avoid engaging in any illegal activities, as the laws and regulations in the United Arab Emirates are strictly enforced.

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Burj Khalifa

1. The Burj Khalifa Skyscraper

Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world , standing at a height of 828 meters. The Burj Khalifa is an iconic symbol of Dubai's modern architecture and engineering marvels.

The observation deck on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa offers panoramic views of the city and beyond. You can also dine at the exclusive restaurant inside the Burj Khalifa, ****called Atmosphere . This restaurant is located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa.

Alternatively, visitors to the Burj Khalifa can enjoy the stunning views from the lounge. The Burj Khalifa offers a unique perspective of the city and is a truly unforgettable experience. If you're interested, you can check out the Burj Khalifa tickets and pricing .

2. The Dubai Fountain

fountain with lights on the street of Dubai

The Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed fountain system, featuring over 6,000 lights and 22,000 gallons of water that shoot up to heights of 500 feet. It is located in front of the Burj Khalifa building.

The Dubai Fountain is free to watch , even if you are not a resident of the Burj Khalifa. It is also right by the famous Dubai Mall.

The show takes place every 30 minutes from 6 pm to 11 pm, making the Dubai Fountain a perfect attraction to visit during the evening. The floating platform of the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk is one of the most popular experiences for close-up views.

3. The Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is one of the world's largest and most extravagant shopping centers, with over 1,200 retail stores, as well as a variety of entertainment options such as an indoor theme park, an ice rink, a cinema, and an aquarium.

The Dubai Mall also boasts diverse dining options , from fast food to fine dining. It is a hub for cultural activities, hosting events and exhibitions throughout the year. The Dubai Mall is one of the best places to visit in Dubai.

The Dubai Mall is not just a shopping destination, but a complete entertainment and lifestyle experience that is worth visiting. So, whether you are in Dubai with kids, friends, or a partner, the Dubai Mall is a must.

4. The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

The Dubai Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the world , featuring a 10 million-liter tank with over 140 species of marine animals. You can walk through a 48-meter-long tunnel with a unique 270-degree view of the aquarium and experience marine life up close.

The aquarium also offers shark diving , cage snorkeling, and glass-bottom boat tours, allowing visitors to get even closer to the marine animals. With so much to offer, the Dubai Aquarium is a top attraction and a fascinating experience for visitors of all ages.

Above the aquarium is the Underwater Zoo.

5. The Dubai Underwater Zoo

Dubai Underwater Zoo

The Underwater Zoo , located above the Dubai Aquarium, allows visitors to get up close and personal with marine life. You can explore different zones, such as the Rainforest Zone and the Rocky Shore Zone, which showcase a variety of animals, including penguins, crocodiles, and otters.

One of the highlights of the Dubai Aquarium Underwater Zoo is the King Croc exhibit, which features one of the world's largest living crocodiles. The Underwater Zoo also offers a Glass-bottom boat tour and the Behind the Scenes tour for a glimpse into the inner workings of the aquarium.

6. The Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden

The Dubai Miracle Garden is one of the world's largest flower gardens and is home to over 45 million flowers. It features a variety of intricately designed floral arrangements, including a floral castle, an Emirates A380 airplane, and a giant teddy bear made entirely of flowers.

Visitors can stroll through the garden's pathways and take in the stunning beauty of the vibrant blooms. The Dubai Miracle Garden is near Global Village and is open from October to April each year. It is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Dubai during this time.

7. The Dubai Butterfly Garden

Dubai Butterfly Garden

The Dubai Butterfly Garden is the world's largest indoor butterfly garden, featuring over 15,000 butterflies of 26 different species. The garden offers visitors the chance to walk through a climate-controlled dome filled with lush tropical plants and a variety of colorful butterflies.

Visitors can learn about the life cycle of butterflies and watch them as they fly and feed on flowers. The Dubai Butterfly Garden also offers a variety of educational programs and interactive exhibits, making it a perfect attraction for families with children.

8. Downtown Dubai

Downtown Dubai

Downtown Dubai is a vibrant and cosmopolitan district and home to the most iconic Dubai attractions. At the heart of the district is the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, which offers breathtaking views of the city.

Just next to it is the Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping and entertainment destination with a cinema complex, an ice rink, and the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

Another highlight of Downtown Dubai is the spectacular Dubai Fountain, a stunning water and light show that takes place every evening on the Burj Khalifa Lake.

9. Burj Al Arab Hotel

Burj Al Arab Hotel

The Burj Al Arab Hotel , located on an artificial island off the coast of Jumeirah Beach, is one of the world's most luxurious hotels. The sail-shaped design and stunning architecture of Burj Al Arab make it one of the best hotels in Dubai .

Visitors to Burj Al Arab ****can enjoy high-end dining experiences, luxurious spa treatments, and the hotel's private beach. Burj Al Arab also offers helicopter tours, skydiving, and yacht rental, making it a perfect tourist attraction for those seeking an unforgettable experience.

When in Dubai, it is worth visiting Burj al Arab for a taste of luxury. Even if you are not staying at Burj al Arab, make the trip from Downtown Dubai to check out this magnificent building.

10. The Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah

The Palm Jumeirah is a man-made island located off the coast of Dubai, near the Burj al Arab. This is one of the city's most iconic landmarks. The island's unique palm-tree shape is visible from space and can be seen from the deck of the Burj Khalifa.

When visiting Dubai, United Arab Emirates, you will want to add the Palm Jumeirah to your list of must-see attractions. You will have never seen anything like the Palm Jumeirah anywhere else.

Visitors to the Palm Jumeirah can enjoy sports activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, and paddleboarding, or simply relax on one of the island's pristine beaches. The Palm Jumeirah is also home to several entertainment venues such as the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark and the Dubai Marina .

11. IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds of Adventure is the world's largest indoor amusement park, located in the City of Arabia district. IMG Worlds of Adventure features thrilling rides and attractions based on popular Marvel and Cartoon Network characters, and other experiences.

Visitors can enjoy a range of exciting experiences such as roller coasters, 4D cinema experiences, and virtual reality games. IMG Worlds of Adventure also offers a variety of dining options and souvenir shops, making it a top tourist attraction for families with children.

Alongside the Dubai Mall, this is a great spot for families with kids to visit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

12. Global Village

Dubai Global Village

Dubai Global Village is a massive complex that features pavilions representing over 80 different countries, offering visitors an immersive experience of their unique culture and heritage.

If you are looking for culture in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this is the place to be. Half an hour from the iconic landmarks of the Burj al Arab, Burj Khalifa, and Dubai Mall, it is worth the drive to this spot.

Global Village also hosts various live shows , concerts, and performances from different parts of the world. The place is famous for its spectacular fireworks , thrilling rides, and mouth-watering cuisine.

Whether you're looking for a family-friendly outing, a romantic evening, or an adventure-filled day, Global Village has something for everyone.

13. Dubai Frame

Dubai Frame

The Dubai Frame is one of the most iconic structures in Dubai, offering breathtaking views of the city's skyline. Dubai Frame stands at 150 meters tall and 93 meters wide, providing visitors with a panoramic view of the city's modern skyline on one side and the historical "Old Dubai" on the other.

While it is not as tall as the Burj Khalifa, the Frame is still a brilliant spot for photos and panoramic views. The Dubai Frame is located in Zabeel Park and is surrounded by lush greenery, providing a serene and peaceful atmosphere for visitors.

The highlight of the Dubai Frame experience is the 93-meter-long glass bridge that connects its two towers, offering an unparalleled view of both old and new Dubai.

14. The Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

The Dubai Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions and a must when you visit Dubai. The Dubai Museum is located in the Al Fahidi Fort , which was built in 1787 and is considered one of the oldest buildings in Dubai.

Dubai Museum houses a vast collection of artifacts that showcase the history and culture of Dubai. Visitors can explore the different galleries, which include exhibits on Bedouin life , traditional occupations, pearl diving, and the development of Dubai.

15. Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai Gold Souk

The Dubai Gold Souk is a traditional market located in the Deira district of Dubai, United Arab Emirates and is one of the world's largest gold markets. The souk features over 300 retailers, offering a range of gold jewelry, precious stones, and watches.

You can explore the narrow streets and haggle for the best prices while admiring the unique designs of the jewelry on display. The souk also offers products such as spices, perfumes, and textiles, making it a perfect destination for anyone interested in experiencing the local culture.

16. The Al Fahidi District

Al Fahidi District

Al Fahidi is a historic district in Old Dubai , famous for its traditional Arabian architecture, narrow lanes, and wind towers. Visitors can explore the Dubai Museum, which is housed in the Al Fahidi Fort , and see exhibits on the city's rich history.

Other attractions in the area include the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding , which offers cultural tours and activities, and the Al Bastakiya neighborhood , which is home to art galleries, cafes, and boutique shops.

Visitors can take an abra ride (traditional water taxi) across Dubai Creek to reach Al Fahidi and enjoy the scenic views.

17. Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

The Jumeirah Mosque is one of Dubai's most iconic landmarks and a beautiful example of traditional Islamic architecture. The Jumeirah Mosque is also great for learning about the Islamic faith and culture.

Visitors can take a guided tour of the Jumeirah Mosque, which is open to both Muslims and non-Muslims and learn about its history.

The Jumeirah Mosque has white marble walls and minarets, which are a sight to behold, especially in the evening when it is beautifully illuminated.

The mosque is located just a short drive from Burj Khalifa and other Downtown Dubai attractions, so it is very accessible.

18. The Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina

The Dubai Marina is a man-made waterfront development located in the heart of the city and is one of Dubai's most vibrant and cosmopolitan neighborhoods.

The Dubai Marina features a range of luxury hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues, as well as the famous Dubai Marina Mall .

You can take a stroll along the promenade of the Dubai Marina, enjoy a yacht ride on the Arabian Gulf, or dine at one of the many high-end restaurants overlooking the stunning waterfront.

The Dubai Marina also offers a range of water sports, such as jet skiing, parasailing, and paddleboarding. South west of Dubai Creek, this marina is a lovely place to relax in a vibrant city.

19. Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski center in the Middle East , offering an escape from the heat and the chance to experience snow sports in the heart of the desert.

2o minutes from Burj Khalifa, Ski Dubai features a 22,500 square-meter indoor ski slope, complete with real snow, ski lifts, and snowboarding runs.

Visitors can choose from skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing , and having snowball fights, as well as enjoy a hot chocolate or meal in the cozy Alpine-themed café.

Ski Dubai also offers a variety of ski lessons for all skill levels, making it a great destination for beginners and seasoned skiers who visit Dubai.

20. Legoland Dubai Theme Park

Legoland Dubai Theme Park

Legoland Dubai Amusement Park is part of a larger entertainment complex called Dubai Parks and Resorts. This is a great destination for any theme park lover in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The complex comprises three theme parks, including Motiongate Dubai , Bollywood Parks Dubai , and Legoland Dubai , as well as a water park called Legoland Water Park. The only thing better than a theme park on a hot summer's day is a water park.

Dubai Parks and Resorts offers a wide range of rides, shows, and dining options, making it a perfect destination for families and groups of friends. Visitors can enjoy a variety of experiences, from thrilling roller coasters and water rides to live performances and interactive shows.

21. The Dubai Opera

Dubai Opera

The Dubai Opera is a stunning architectural masterpiece and one of the premier performing arts centers in the Middle East. The Dubai Opera features a 2,000-seat auditorium with world-class acoustics and a breathtaking design inspired by the Arabian dhow.

It is located in Downtown Dubai, near the famous Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. The Dubai Opera hosts musicals, ballets, concerts, and theater performances. Visitors can also enjoy the stunning views of the Dubai skyline from the rooftop terrace of the opera house.

22. The Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek

The Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek in the heart of Downtown Dubai, also near the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa.

Dubai Creek is a historical area that has been used as a trading port for centuries and hosts a number of attractions, including the Dubai Museum, the Gold Souk, and the Spice Souk.

Visitors to the Dubai Creek can take a traditional boat ride, known as an abra, and enjoy the stunning views of the city skyline.

The Dubai Dolphinarium , located at Dubai Creek Park, offers the opportunity to interact with dolphins and seals. The Dubai Creek is a must-visit destination for those interested in learning about Dubai's history and culture.

23. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is a protected natural area covering over 225 square kilometers of pristine desert landscape in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

It is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including the Arabian oryx, sand gazelle, desert hare, and over 170 species of birds. This is one of the best local tourist attractions for nature lovers.

The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve offers a unique opportunity to experience the beauty of the desert landscape while learning about the efforts to conserve this fragile ecosystem.

The reserve also offers activities, such as falconry displays, camel rides , and traditional Emirati meals served in a Bedouin-style camp on a Dubai desert safari.

If you are looking for culture, nature, and a unique experience in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this is the place for you.

24. Lost Chambers Aquarium

Lost Chambers Aquarium

The Lost Chambers Aquarium , located in the Atlantis, the Palm resort on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates features over 65,000 marine animals from over 250 species, including sharks, rays, and colorful tropical fish.

It is one of the major tourist attractions in Dubai and worth checking out. Visitors can take a guided tour of the Lost Chambers Aquarium and learn about marine animals and their habitats.

The Lost Chambers Aquarium also offers various interactive activities, such as diving and snorkeling with marine creatures. This is a major tourist attraction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

25. Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow , located in Zabeel Park , features a collection of themed attractions, including the Dinosaur Park, the Glow Park, the Glow Garden, the Ice Park, the Magic Park, and the Art Park.

The Glow Garden is a highlight of Dubai Garden Glow, featuring over a million energy-efficient LED lights in various designs and shapes.

With so much to see and do, Dubai Garden Glow is a fantastic attraction that should be added to every traveler's itinerary when planning to visit Dubai.

This is one of the most picturesque tourist attractions in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

26. Bur Dubai

Grand Mosque

Bur Dubai is a historic district located on the western side of Dubai Creek. Bur Dubai is known for its rich cultural heritage and traditional architecture.

One of the most popular attractions in Bur Dubai is the Dubai Museum . There are many other places to visit in Bur Dubai, so make sure to spend a good few hours in the Bur Dabi district.

Bur Dabi also has a bustling souk, or traditional market. Other notable attractions in Bur Dubai include the Grand Mosque and the historic Dubai Creek .

Overall, Bur Dubai is a great destination for anyone interested in learning about Dubai's history while enjoying its vibrant atmosphere. With so many tourist attractions, Bur Dubai is an unmissable part of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

27. Dubai Safari Park

Dubai Safari Park

Dubai Safari Park is a world-class wildlife sanctuary located in the heart of Dubai. This sprawling park is home to over 2500 animals from more than 250 different species, including lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, and many more.

Dubai Safari Park is divided into four different sections, each representing a different part of the world and its unique flora and fauna. Visitors can take a safari-style tour of the park, getting up close and personal with some of the world's most fascinating animals.

If you are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with kids, the safari park is one of the best places to visit.

28. Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park is a thrilling and exciting water park in Dubai. With more than 30 rides and attractions, Wild Wadi offers something for visitors of all ages, from thrilling water slides to lazy river rides.

The park is home to the tallest and fastest freefall water slide outside of North America, the Jumeirah Sceirah , which plunges riders down a 33-meter drop at speeds of up to 80 km/h.

With its exciting rides and stunning setting, Wild Wadi Water Park is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a fun day out in Dubai. This is another of the best places to visit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with kids.

29. The Museum of the Future

Museum of the Future

Located on Sheikh Zayed Road , the city's main highway, the Museum of the Future is a seven-story hollow elliptical structure designed from stainless steel and inscribed with Arabic calligraphy quotes.

This unique museum features immersive installations and showcases the latest advancements in fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. The Museum of the Future is one of the best places to visit for anyone interested in the latest innovations shaping our world.

30. Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach is one of Dubai's most popular and picturesque beaches, located in the exclusive Jumeirah neighborhood. It stretches along the Arabian Gulf, offering crystal-clear waters, soft white sand, and stunning views of Dubai's iconic skyline.

You can enjoy a range of activities at Jumeirah Beach, including swimming, sunbathing, beach volleyball, and water sports such as jet skiing and parasailing. So, it's one of the most fun places to visit for some downtime in Dubai.

Jumeirah Beach is also surrounded by a range of restaurants, cafes, and shops , making it the perfect destination for a day out with friends or family.

31. Kite Beach

kite flying over the beach with a city in the background

Kite Beach is a popular beach in Dubai known for its crystal-clear waters, white sand, and perfect kite surfing conditions. The beach is located near Jumeirah and offers stunning views of the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel.

You can enjoy a range of activities at the beach, including kite surfing, paddleboarding, beach volleyball, and swimming . Kite Beach also has a range of amenities, including showers, changing rooms, and a selection of beachside restaurants and cafes.

32. Take a Day Trip to Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World

One of the top attractions to see in Abu Dhabi is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque , which is considered one of the world's largest mosques. Abu Dhabi is not far from Dubai.

Another popular attraction is Ferrari World Abu Dhabi , a theme park that is home to the world's fastest roller coaster. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi offers thrilling rides, attractions, and experiences for visitors of all ages.

While you are in the UAE, why not stop in Abu Dhabi?

FAQs Related to Places to Visit in Dubai

Let's also explore some frequently asked questions related to fun and unique places to visit in Dubai, UAE.

What should I not miss in Dubai?

There are many things to do in Dubai, but some of the major attractions like the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, and the Dubai Mall, which is one of the largest shopping centers in the world should not be missed.

Other top Dubai attractions are the Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island shaped like a palm tree, the Global Village complex, the Miracle Garden, Bollywood Parks Dubai , and the Dubai Fountain.

What are the top 2 places to visit in Dubai?

The top two Dubai tourist places are the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall. The Burj Khalifa offers views of the city and the Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping centers in the world, featuring over 1,200 stores, an aquarium, an ice rink, and a cinema. No trip to Dubai is complete without a stop at Burj Khalifa and the shopping malls.

What is famous in Dubai?

Some of the most famous Dubai attractions are the Palm Jumeirah, the Burj Khalifa, the big shopping malls, and Global Village Dubai .

Some other top Dubai tourist places are ****the iconic Burj Al Arab, the Dubai Miracle Garden, the Jumeirah Mosque, Bur Dubai, Ski Dubai, the Ain Dubai observation wheel, the Dubai Marina, and the IMG Worlds of Adventure.

You can also attend the famous Dubai Shopping Festival, and explore City Walk**,** a pedestrian-only zone in Dubai's city center, or Dubai's Aquaventure Waterpark with its private beach.

When is the best time to visit Dubai?

The best time to visit Dubai is during the winter months from November to March when the weather is mild and pleasant (from 20°C to 30°C). You can fly into the Dubai International Airport and use the Dubai Metro to make your journey pleasant.

Make sure to check Dubai, United Arab Emirates' timings for tourist attractions in off-peak seasons when you visit Dubai.

Summing Up: Fun and Unique Places to Visit in Dubai

Dubai is a city of endless possibilities, with a multitude of unique places to visit. From iconic landmarks like the Burj Khalifa to thrilling tourist attractions like the Dubai Parks ****and Resorts, IMG Worlds of Adventure, and the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, there are plenty of Dubai tourist places to explore and enjoy.

For those looking for something truly special, the Miracle Garden and the Dubai Dolphinarium ****in Creek Park ****transport visitors to magical worlds that must be seen to be believed.

With so many Dubai and Abu Dhabi attractions to explore, there is lots of fun to be had in this incredible city. So book your trip today and explore one of the world's most exciting destinations.

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Best Time to Visit Dubai – MUST READ • 2024 Guide

Dubai is a glittering oasis surrounded by desert, on the shores of the Persian Gulf. A city of opulence and excess, where skyscrapers reach incredible heights and man-made archipelagos shaped like palm trees fan into the ocean. Beneath the glitz and extravagance, lies a more traditional heart and historical sites to explore.

Whether you’re planning on hitting the malls for an epic shopping spree, heading out into the desert for an adventure or simply lazing on the beach soaking up the sun, Dubai has something for every type of traveller.

Choosing the best time to visit Dubai will depend heavily on what you’re planning to do there. You may also be influenced by cost, climate, and crowds, as these can heavily impact the experience you’re likely to have.

We’ve created this guide to help you figure out which time of year is the best time for your trip to Dubai – to create the experience you’ve always dreamed of.

Best Time To Visit Dubai – April and May, September and October

Best Time To Go for a Desert Tour – November to March

Best Time To Go To Abu Dhabi  – December to March

Best Time For Sightseeing – April and May, September and October

Cheapest Time To Visit Dubai – June to August

When is the Best Time to Go to Dubai?

When to visit dubai – a month by month breakdown, faq about the best time to visit dubai, final thoughts on the best time to visit dubai.

Planning a trip to Dubai ? It is a great destination at any time of the year, but if you’re heading there to experience something specific, then choosing the best time to go to Dubai is extremely important.

While most destinations experience their high season in the peak of the summer, Dubai is a little different. The summer months (June to August) are baking hot and humid, and being outdoors is unbearable. With temperatures reaching the 40s, hitting Dubai’s beaches or heading into the desert is simply not an option. 

Because of the limited outdoor pursuits on offer during summer, rates are at their lowest, so if you’re looking for the cheapest time to visit, then go in the summer. This is the best time to visit Dubai if you plan to hit the shopping malls – crowds of tourists are at their lowest and there are plenty of great sales to check out. 

Another consideration during the summer is the month-long period of Ramadan which usually falls during this time. During the holy month, it’s forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours and many restaurants are closed. 

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If you’re hoping to sample Dubai’s nightlife, you may want to avoid visiting during Ramadan. The dates for Ramadan change annually, so make sure to check before making your plans. 

Winter (November to April) in Dubai is the high season. The weather is sunny and warm, and perfect for being outdoors. Occasional rain can be expected, and the early mornings and nights can be cool, so pack a light jacket. If a desert safari is on your list, this is a great time to head out into the dunes. 

As one would expect from high season, it’s the most expensive time in Dubai and tourist crowds are at their peak. There are also many events and festivals at this time that attract visitors, so if you’re planning to visit then, book well in advance – check out our guide to Dubai accommodation for ideas.

Relaxed beach holidays are best enjoyed over the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn. May and September to October offer mild weather conditions, warm sea temperatures, and crowd-free conditions. Prices on hotel rooms are also more reasonable at this time. 

You can enjoy most of the same wintertime outdoor activities at significantly lower costs and with fewer other tourists. 

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Best Time to Go for a Desert Tour

Desert tours are one of Dubai’s essential itinerary stops Because these trips are heavily weather dependant, it’s best to plan your trip for the winter months (November to March) when temperatures are much milder than in the scorching summers. 

This does mean you’ll be visiting Dubai during the peak season, so you’ll be among large crowds of tourists and will be paying peak season rates for flights and accommodation. 

If you’re planning on camping in the desert, then these times of the year can get quite chilly in the early morning and evening. There’s also a higher chance of rain – usually only brief showers, so make sure to pack something warm just in case (check out our Dubai packing list for more inspiration).

It is possible to head into the desert in the spring (April and May) and autumn (September and October). It’s likely to be more affordable at this time and much less crowded, if a little hotter. 

Desert tours usually take around three hours and can be enjoyed in the morning or the late afternoon. Both offer a unique experience, with the morning tours being more tranquil and late afternoons offering blazing desert sunsets. 

Because the days can warm up fairly quickly, this can impact the amount of time you have to enjoy activities on a morning trip, while the afternoon offers a more leisurely experience.  

Best Time to Go to Abu Dhabi

If you have time, you can take a trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi by taking the direct train.

Abu Dhabi is the thriving capital of the United Arab Emirates. Offering visitors a range of experiences from desert adventures, world-class shopping, majestic architecture and magnificent natural landscapes, this diverse city offers a little something for everyone.   

Choosing the best time to visit Abu Dhabi will depend on what you’d like to experience. 

For the best weather, plan your visit over the winter months (December to March) when it’s not too hot or too humid. Because of this very pleasant weather, it’s a popular time to visit Abu Dhabi. This means you’ll spend more on accommodation at this time, and experience larger crowds of tourists at main attractions.  

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Between June and August, you’ll experience much quieter conditions in the city and much cheaper hotel rates. The weather during the summer is extremely hot and very humid, making it almost unbearable and raising safety concerns to be outdoors for more than just a few minutes at a time, so sightseeing options may be limited to those that offer air conditioning. 

The shoulder seasons offer a great balance between the fantastic weather of peak season and the great prices of low seasons. April to May and September to October offer pleasant weather conditions, fewer crowds, and lower hotel rates. 

Visiting Dubai During Ramadan

Ramadan is a holy month for all Muslims when they abstain from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset. It’s a solemn time of self-reflection, purification, and closeness with Allah. 

As a visitor to Dubai during this time, it’s important to show respect for the rules and customs, and adhere to any restrictions in place. 

For example, it is prohibited to eat, drink and smoke in public. While some restaurants and cafes will still operate, walking around eating or drinking is not acceptable and can carry a fine. If you must sip on water, it’s best to do so discreetly out of respect to those fasting.

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Because this is a holy month, Muslims abstain from not just food, but most revelry and even sex. Be mindful of how you’re dressed – nothing too revealing or figure-hugging. Public displays of affection – kissing, hugging, holding hands with your partners – should be avoided as should playing loud music, shouting or swearing. 

If you’re hoping to enjoy some of the city’s nightlife, you’ll find things very much subdued to other times of the year. Tourist attractions and stores, while still operating, will adjust their operating hours, and certain mosques that usually offer tours to tourists may adjust their schedules. 

Most tourists are understandably nervous about visiting Dubai during Ramadan, but as long as you are respectful of the rules, there’s no reason you can’t still have an incredible time. And you’ll benefit from lovely low season rates and crowd-free conditions. 

Best Time for Sightseeing in Dubai

The ideal time for sightseeing in Dubai is when the weather is not too hot. The winter months (November to February) offer the ideal climate for being outdoors. It’s warm and mild, with an occasional chance of rain. 

However, this is also peak season, so will likely involve increased pricing on accommodation and crowded sightseeing conditions. 

The summer months are the worst time for sightseeing as it’s unbearably hot and humid, and being outdoors for even a few minutes is unpleasant. Activities at this time of year are reserved for those attractions and tourist spots with air conditioning. 

The best time to visit Dubai for sightseeing that strikes a good balance between crowds, climate and costs, is during the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn. Between April and May, and September and October, you can enjoy the costs and crowd-free conditions of the low season with the benefits of peak season weather – warm and mild. 

Whenever you choose to visit, it’s always better to get your sightseeing done earlier in the day before attractions get too busy. 

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Cheapest Time to Go to Dubai

The low season is the cheapest time to visit any destination. In Dubai, that means the summer months between May and August. This is when the weather is simply too hot to venture out of doors, and options for sightseeing are limited to those attractions that offer air conditioning.

The holy month of Ramadan also falls over the summer months. This leads many tourists to avoid travelling to Dubai, resulting in less people for sightseeing and some really great offers on Dubai hostel and hotel stays. 

Busiest Time to Visit Dubai

Dubai welcomes tourists all year round but because of the desert climate, certain seasons are not good for sightseeing at all, while others are better for hitting the beach. 

Dubai’s busiest season is the winter period between November and February. At this time, the weather is much milder than during the blistering summer months, and outdoor sightseeing is much more comfortable. 

Not only is this the busiest time to visit Dubai, but because of this increased demand, it’s also the most expensive and most crowded time to visit the city. Of course, if you do want to visit Dubai at this time, you can mitigate the costs slightly by booking well in advance. 

Weather in Dubai

Dubai is blessed with a desert climate, which means there are two very distinct seasons – winter and summer. Winter is hot and sunny, while summer is sweltering and humid.  

Summer generally begins in April and ends in early October. Hot winds and high humidity make the average maximum temperatures of around 38°C feel significantly hotter. There’s little chance of rain but the occasional dust storm can be expected. 

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During the summer, being outdoors for even just a few minutes is unpleasant and outdoor pursuits take a backseat to any air conditioned activities. 

Conversely, the winter months between October and March offer warm weather in Dubai but not so hot as to be unbearable. This is the best time to visit Dubai for outdoor activities, like going to the beach and desert safaris, although precipitation is more likely. 

Most of the precipitation in Dubai falls over January and February, occasionally in the form of short thunderstorms. On average, daytime highs are around 22 °C. Mornings and evenings can be cool, dropping to around 12 °C.

Festivals in Dubai

Dubai is a modern metropolis that hosts some of the world’s top sporting events, as well as traditional celebrations and festivals, and premier shopping experiences. 

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These festivals and events showcase this city’s ability to turn on the glitz and glam while still staying true to its heritage. 

  • Dubai Shopping Festival

Shopping enthusiasts descend on Dubai in January to attend the Dubai Shopping Festival – the largest of its kind in the Middle East. Offering some incredible deals on everything, from fashion to jewellery and electronics, these bargains are unbeatable. 

In addition to being a paradise for shoppers, there’s plenty to eat and drink as well as entertainment galore. 

  • Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Annually, in February, top golfers from around the world come to play the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Played on the exquisite Emirates Golf Club course, the biggest names in golf battle it out to claim the prize. 

Running since 1989, the title has been claimed by such golfing greats as: Ernie Els, Fred Couples, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Sergio Garcia. 

  • Al Marmoom Heritage Festival

The Al Marmoom Heritage Village offers an insightful exploration into local culture and heritage through cuisine, handcrafts, and music. 

An integral part of the local culture are the camel races held in March. Thousands of camels from across the Middle East compete, winning cash prizes and lavish prizes for their owners. 

The festival and camel races aim to celebrate these traditions to ensure their continuity and to share them with tourists. 

  • Dubai Summer Surprises

Taking place over six weeks in the summer, Dubai Summer Surprises is an annual shopping and entertainment festival. Offering incredible bargains and activities and plenty of family activities, the festival is an exciting time to explore Dubai. 

In addition to the citywide shopping extravaganza, there are loads of performances and children’s fun, as well as excellent deals and promotions, and shop-and-win competitions. 

  • The Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC)

The only gathering of its kind in the Middle East, MEFCC attracts fans of film, comics, pop culture, and gaming entertainment under one roof. Fans congregate in the Dubai World Trade Centre to meet artists, celebrities and exhibitors from around the world.

There are also cosplay competitions, signings, workshops, and talks, as well as exclusive screenings and live performances. 

  • Dubai International Motor Show

If technology and cars excite you, then the Dubai International Motor Show is for you. Enjoy exclusive launches, demonstrations and the latest developments in motoring. See vintage and classic machines alongside the next generation in driving technology, drifting demonstrations, and even test drives. 

There’s something for everyone, from supercars, motorbikes, tuning and customisations, and everything in between. 

Dubai is a great year-round destination, if you haven’t yet settled on the best time to visit Dubai that ticks all of your boxes, we’ve put together this month-by-month guide to help. At a glance, you’ll be able to see exactly what each month offers in terms of weather, prices, and tourist volumes. 

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January in Dubai

January offers the lowest temperatures that Dubai experiences, with average highs reaching the low-to-mid 20s. It’s mostly warm and sunny but the occasional rain shower is not unheard of. 

Unlike other destinations that have their peak season in summer, winter is Dubai’s busiest time, so you’re likely to be among large crowds of other tourists and pay elevated pricing for accommodation at this time. 

February in Dubai

February sees temperatures increasing, with average highs consistently in the mid-20s, and sometimes closer to the 30s. There’s more likelihood of rainfall as the month progresses. 

The sunny skies and warm temperatures are ideal for outdoor adventures and beach days. The good weather also means there are more events and festivals at this time. 

For these reasons, it’s still peak season, and you can expect the beaches to be extremely busy. Large crowds of tourists are common at popular attractions, causing increased wait times and queues. Prices on airfare and accommodation are still high. 

March in Dubai

Warm seas for swimming and hot days make this the ideal time for a beach holiday in Dubai. Temperatures increase steadily, with average maximums in the high 20s, and the chance for rain decreases. 

As things get hotter, a word of caution around revealing clothing. If you’re heading to the city or a mosque, modest attire is recommended – shoulders and knees should be covered. 

It can still be fairly busy with tourists and hotel prices are still inflated. 

April in Dubai

Expect long, hot days during April with a low chance of rain. On average, daytime temperatures hover in the low 30s but can get much hotter. Being outdoors starts to become less appealing as the temperatures climb. 

Sea temperatures are lovely for swimming at this time, but if you’re hitting the beaches, remember to always wear good sunscreen as the sun can be brutal.

School holidays around the Easter holidays mean an increase in tourist numbers and crowds. 

May in Dubai

Most tourists have left and the city feels more pleasant to explore without the crowds. Hotel prices are coming down for the low season and you’re likely to pick up a great deal. 

The summer heat arrives and maximum temperatures average in the high 30s. It’s difficult to be outdoors for extended periods, so the beaches are fairly empty. Most people seek out relief in air conditioned venues. 

In response to the heat, it’s tempting to wear shorter and more revealing clothing but it’s recommended that, out of respect for local culture, women dress modestly. This is especially important if you’re visiting during the holy month of Ramadan. 

June in Dubai

The sweltering heat of summer continues to intensify, and with 12 hours of daylight, it doesn’t cool down much in the evening either. 

Average maximum temperatures are in the mid-30s and there’s very little chance of rain. You’ll most likely want to spend as little time as possible outdoors, seeking out the air conditioning of malls and hotels instead. 

The city is still pleasantly free of the large crowds of winter tourists, and hotels offer some really great deals. 

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July in Dubai

The hottest month of the year is here, bringing average high temperatures of 40°C. It’s even too hot for lying by the hotel pool which feels more like bathwater and does little to cool you down. Most activities take place indoors in the blissful air conditioning. 

This is the cheapest time to visit Dubai, with hotel and flight prices dropping even further. Tourist attractions are mostly empty and there are few other tourists around. 

August in Dubai

August’s weather is much like July’s – hot and hot. Being outdoors for even just a few minutes is unbearable. 

The harsh weather keeps many tourists away and leads hotels to offer exceptional value deals to attract visitors. While it is hot and unpleasant outdoors, the city is well equipped for the heat and there’s still plenty to see and do indoors. 

September in Dubai

The oppressive heat finally starts to dissipate, with average maximums dropping into the high 30s. It’s possible to hit the beaches again in the mornings and late afternoons when it isn’t as hot, especially towards the end of the month. 

There are still few tourists around so sightseeing is pleasant and relaxed, and hotel prices are still attractive. 

October in Dubai

Temperatures are coming down and locals and tourists alike are venturing outside more. Average daytime temperatures are in the mid-30s and there’s very little chance of rain.

Tourist numbers start to increase again, but are still not at their peak, meaning sightseeing is still relatively crowd-free. 

November in Dubai

Average daytime highs are in the mid-20s and it’s much more pleasant to head outdoors. It’s mostly sunny and rainfall is rare. 

While the rest of the northern hemisphere is bundling up against the cold, visitors to Dubai can still spend lazy days on the beach. Because of this lovely weather, many visitors head to Dubai for relief from the cold. 

It’s now peak season, so in addition to increased tourist numbers, hotel prices are significantly higher. 

December in Dubai

The pleasant weather continues, offering average highs in the low-to-mid 20s. It’s more likely to rain this month, but that said, rainfall is still relatively low. Mornings and evenings can get chilly, so make sure to pack a light jacket. 

Tourist numbers steadily increase causing hotel prices to reach their peak. Having said that, it’s one of the top places around the world to spend December , so maybe that’s why!

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Visiting Dubai During Ramadan?

Visitors tend to shy away from visiting Dubai over the holy month of Ramadan. While it’s true there are certain restriction and observances, it’s still a great time to visit, and offers a wonderful opportunity to experience Islamic traditions.

When is the Rainy Season in Dubai?

Dubai is not known for being a rainy destination. The city receives most of its precipitation in the winter months between November and March, and this usually falls in brief showers and occasional thunderstorms.

When is the Coldest Month in Dubai?

Cold is not a word that one would often associate with Dubai. The coldest month of the year is January which sees temperatures averaging around 20°C, sometimes reaching the mid-20s.

When is the Worst Time to Visit Dubai?

This all depends on what kind of experience you’re after. Generally, June, July and August are oppressively hot, so being outdoors is out of the question. That said, it’s the most affordable time of year to visit.  The winter months, while offering pleasantly mild weather, are the worst time to visit in terms of crowds – it’s the busiest time, and also the most expensive time to visit. 

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Whether you choose to visit Dubai in the peak season when the weather is milder or during the summer heat when prices are at their lowest, you’ll not leave this thriving metropolis disappointed. 

While temperatures in the low season are extreme, remember that there’s still loads to experience without venturing outdoors. You’ll also benefit from some attractive deals on flights and accommodation. 

If you prefer a peak season visit, remember to plan and book your trip well in advance to avoid disappointment and to try to keep costs down slightly. Peak season also usually comes with stricter booking and cancellation terms.

Whenever you decided to visit, the dazzling city of Dubai has many layers just begging to be explored. Dubai really is so much more than just a stop-over destination.

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I disagree with you regarding June’s weather. I have been living in the UAE ever since I was born in Abu Dhabi in June of 1995. My experience in June’s weather in both cities, Dubai and Abu Dhabi is not so bad especially around early to mid-June. To tell you the truth, June is the best summer month to visit the UAE compared to July and August, because in June, although outdoor temperatures generally soar out to 45+ degrees Celsius outside during the day and lows of not less than 30 degrees celsius, but at least on some days in June, especially early June, you would still get some chance of pleasant weather similar to the shoulder monts April, May, September (even better than September), and October with highs of 37 degrees Celsius and lows of 26 degrees Celsius during the night. So no, I don’t think June is the worst month to visit Dubai or Abu Dhabi, in fact, June is the best month to visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi for Thrilling Rides and Activities, such as Skydiving in Dubai or visiting Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.

At least in June weather is pretty much similar to September’s weather, you get a nice and crystal clear weather, even if it gets hot at 50 degrees, the night-time temperature and the mornings of June is even cooler than in September, as it is similar to May, hovering at around 25~28 degrees celsius, making it pleasant. Standing under the sun of course it feels boiling hot, but under the shade, it is breezy nice. Sometimes you sweat because of the increasing humidity as you approach July. Nevertheless, June is not a bad month to visit Dubai, in fact it is of the best months to visit the beach in early mornings or watch the beautiful sunset during the evenings at the beach. Average Sea temperature in June is 30 C which is cooler when compared to September of 32 degrees celsius, making June a better month for visiting the beach or going for a dip in the swimming pool. Hotels are at the cheapest levels in June, so you would get a great deal at this time. For best weather conditions in June, visit Dubai in the first two weeks of June or before the Summer Solstice (before June 21), as afterwards, the weather gets worse as you approach July. Between June 1st and June 21st would be a great time visiting Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.

July and August is by far I would say they are definitely the worst two months in Dubai, temperatures are sizzling hot, and even in the evenings and mornings, the temperatures barely hits below 30 degrees. Trust me, the weather conditions in July and August is far worse than June’s weather, especially the weather over there is far too humid, even standing in the shade feels like you are in the oven, and visiting the beach won’t give you much relief, as the Average Sea temperature is over 32 degees celsius, the maximum temperature the sea can cool you off during this intense heat, sometimes it goes up to 35~37 degrees celsius, making it an unpleasant time to visit the beach. Hotels are not so cheap either, since most of these hotels you can find are fully booked or reserved. Better avoid traveling to Dubai in July and August.

If you come from a climate similar to Dubai, or hotter, I think June will be a perfect month to visit. Otherwise, if you come for a cooler climate and cannot bear temperatures above 40 degrees celsius, then better avoid traveling in this period (May to September).

Although June is a summer month, I don’t consider it a low season. I would rather consider it part of the shoulder season instead, especially when it comes to the first 10 days of June, in fact, I would say the Best Time To Visit Dubai – April to June, September and October, and Best Time For Sightseeing – April to June, September and October

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The official language of Dubai is Modern Standard Arabic, but in casual conversation, Emiratis speak a local dialect called Khaleeji (Gulf Arabic). However, most people living in Dubai are from other countries, so English is commonly spoken and most signs are written in both Arabic and English.

The currency of Dubai is the United Arab Emirates dirham (AED). ATMs are widespread and cash is the primary means of payment throughout the city, though credit cards are widely accepted everywhere except the souqs.

Tipping in Dubai is completely discretionary and down to personal preference. Only food and drinks outlets in hotels are legally allowed to add service charges to your total but they’re often not passed on to serving staff, so you may want to add an additional tip. Independent restaurants don’t typically add service charges, so leaving a 10% tip is appreciated.

For the latest travel advice for Dubai, including entry requirements, health information, and the safety and security situation, please refer to the State Department website .

In Dubai, you can unwind on sandy beaches, visit lavish shopping malls, peruse traditional bazaars, go on a desert adventure, and sample cuisines from across the globe. It’s also the kind of place where you can zip-line across the marina, visit coffee and pearl museums, and get a gold-leaf facial. In other words, Dubai is a city of excess.

For a more traditional take on the city, why not take a walking tour through Old Dubai  to see its gold and spice souqs, wander down narrow lanes lined with mosques and minarets, and see the original fishing village that blossomed into the glittering modern city? You can also get an introduction to Middle Eastern culinary traditions on a guided food tour  or venture outside the city to explore the sea of endless dunes on a desert safari .

Dubai offers a huge range of places to stay from five-star beachfront properties to family-friendly resorts, intimate guesthouses, and hotels in restored historic buildings. You might like to stay in a Moorish-style retreat  with opulent suites and a Michelin-starred chef, an adults-only escape  with a private golf course, or a palatial hotel in downtown Dubai  with a palm-lined pool and manicured gardens. Alternatively, you could leave the bustle of the city behind and stay in a Bedouin-style villa  in a desert conservation area. To get some ideas, browse our collection of places to stay in Dubai .

Dubai has a variety of distinct districts, and you’ll find different experiences in each from the super-sized shopping malls in the heart of the city to the traditional architecture of Al Fahidi, and the waterparks of the Palm. Downtown Dubai is where you’ll find some of Dubai’s best shopping along with the aquarium, opera house, Museum of the Future, and the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

Jumeirah is one of the city’s most fashionable addresses and has an array of smart restaurants to choose from, nearby Dubai Marina is another good spot for dining and nightlife. For a more traditional take on the city, head to historical Al Fahidi to wander meandering lanes lined with artists’ workshops, traditional wind towers, cafes, galleries, and small gift shops, or hop across Dubai Creek to visit the gold souq. Beyond the city lies the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, a rippling blanket of dunes with a surprising array of wildlife.

It takes around 13 hours to fly to Dubai from the East Coast of the USA and around 16 from the West Coast. Flights from Hawaii to Dubai take upwards of 24 hours.

The time zone in Dubai is UTC+4 hours. The clocks don’t change during the year.

The best way of getting around Dubai is by public transport because it’s clean, efficient, and easy to use. You can take the metro or tram to most places of interest, and there’s also a monorail that will take you to Palm Jumeirah and the Atlantis hotel. The Dubai Ferry runs along the coast, and you’ll find taxis everywhere. They can be booked in advance or hailed on the street. Taxis with a pink roof are driven by women and take female passengers or families only.

US citizens will need to get a 30-day visa on arrival in Dubai. If you plan to stay longer, please contact the UAE embassy.

Your doctor can provide you with vaccine advice for Dubai, but you should also ensure you’re up to date with the recommended vaccinations for your home country. You can also check the suggested vaccinations on the C enters for Disease Control and Prevention website .

You’ll need to check that your passport is valid for six months from your date of arrival into Dubai. You will also need to have confirmed onward airline tickets to your next destination.

You can take medication into Dubai, but some medications require a permit. You should check with your doctor before you travel to see if your medication requires one. If it doesn’t, you’ll just need to carry your prescription with you. However, if your medication is on the controlled list, you’ll need to apply in advance for a permit to import medicines for personal use . Applications are normally processed within five working days.

In Dubai, you should wear long, loose clothing that covers your shoulders and knees in public areas including shopping malls. Cotton or linen clothing is most comfortable in hot weather, and everyone is expected to dress modestly regardless of gender because the United Arab Emirates is an Islamic country.

If you’re visiting a mosque or religious site, you should wear full-length sleeves and trousers or an ankle-length skirt. Women will also need to bring a scarf to cover their heads. It’s a good idea to carry an extra layer in case you need to cover up or just feel cold in the air-conditioned shopping malls.

On the beach and at hotels, you can wear regular swimwear including bikinis, but you should always cover up when leaving the beach.

You can travel to Dubai during Ramadan and shouldn’t encounter any significant changes to your experience. Non-Muslims are not required to fast and there are no specific restrictions for visitors during Ramadan. Most restaurants, including those in hotels, operate as normal during the day, but you may find there are different opening hours at some on-site dining options in hotels.

It’s strictly prohibited to take photographs of military or government buildings, ports, aircraft, or in the airport in Dubai. You must also ask for permission before taking a picture with anyone else in it and you should never take photos of women or families in public areas.

Dubai is part of an Islamic country, so the customs and traditions may be very different from your home country. For example, it’s illegal to drink alcohol or be drunk in a public place, though you can still drink alcohol in a licensed hotel, and its restaurants or dedicated lounges.

Out of respect you shouldn't use your right hand for opening doors, greeting people, or for eating. Excessive public displays of affection are prohibited, and swearing, fighting, or using rude gestures in public can land you in a lot of trouble. It’s also worth knowing that the weekend is Friday and Saturday.

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Best Times To Visit Dubai

The best time to visit Dubai is from November to March. Weather-wise, Dubai really only experiences two seasons: hot and hotter. During the winter months, the city sees blue skies and primo beach weather. However, this is also peak tourist season, so expect plenty of company on Jumeirah's beaches. You can escape the crowds if you visit during the summer months, but be prepared for triple-digit temps and high humidity levels (it's only a "dry" heat in the winter).

Visiting Dubai during Islamic holidays is a special experience, but note that dates for these holidays change annually, based on the lunar cycle. The major Islamic holidays in Dubai include the holy month of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), Hijri (Islamic new year) and the Prophet Mohammad's birthday. An Islamic calendar can be found here , but it is important to understand that the exact date(s) may not be confirmed until a moon phase is sighted by the moon-sighting committee to call the official start of these holidays.

Keep in mind: Islamic holidays may impact business hours during your trip. Hours may be shorter and the nightlife scene may also be a bit quieter compared to other months of the year. Between sunrise and sunset during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat, drink or smoke. The dates for Ramadan are variable since they follow the lunar calendar.

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With Eid Al Adha around the corner, residents looking to spend time at the best outdoor spots during the festive holiday in Dubai have plenty of options.

UAE has announced the Eid Al Adha break for the private and public sector , and residents can make the most of the long weekend.

From sun-soaked beaches to green parks, the city offers a variety of destinations for everyone to celebrate and relax.

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For families wanting to spend their time at beaches, authorities have reserved entry to families at eight public beaches in Dubai during the long weekend. This is to regulate the number of visitors and ensure that everyone can enjoy the beaches in the Emirates during the holidays. Dubai Municipality announced that the beaches of Khor Al-Mamzar Beach, Corniche Al-Mamzar, Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah 3, Umm Suqeim 1, Umm Suqeim 2, and Jebel Ali Beach will be the ones where only families will be allowed.

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Dubai’s parks offer a green escape from the urban hustle, providing serene environments for relaxation and recreation. Al Mamzar Beach Park is a favourite among residents, with its lush gardens and beach access. Mushrif Park, with its extensive picnic areas, playgrounds, and cycling tracks, is ideal for families. Parks like Al Safa and Zabeel offer large open spaces and sports facilities, making them perfect spots for outdoor activities and family gatherings during the holiday.

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Whilst most of the northern hemisphere is gently gliding into the warm summer months in June, Dubai has already dived in head first!

Temperatures are already scorching hot, and for the most part, life in Dubai has moved indoors to handle the extreme heat in June.

The good news for June visitors to Dubai, is tourism numbers fall from their spring peak and before the summer REALLY starts. This means there are bargains to be had and queue-free attractions to enjoy, so let’s dive into the detail of what to expect in Dubai this June.

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The temperature in Dubai moves from hot to even hotter with an average daily maximum of 39.8°C (103.6°F).

Still, it’s not unusual to experience significantly hotter days up to 47.9°C (118.2°F), as well as days with higher than normal humidity . Temperatures drop to an average of 27.7°C (81.9°F) overnight.

Sea temperatures also rise from 30.4°C (87.8°F) up to 33°C (90.4°F) – you won’t get much reprieve from jumping in the sea but most hotel resorts should have chillers on their pools to keep the water refreshing.

You can read our complete guide to Dubai Weather in June here , as well as our suggested ideas of what to pack for Dubai in June.

Is June too hot in Dubai?

This is really a matter of personal preference and what you have planned for Dubai.

For the most part, it’s too hot to be out and about at the beach or tackling the desert in June during the peak of the day, but not impossible.

If you don’t mind sweating a little, evenings out are still manageable, albeit many restaurants close their outdoor terraces in the hottest months of the year, and many seasonal events have closed.

You can read more about what to expect in summer in Dubai here.

What you will find is that you can pick up a bargain on your accommodation from June through to August.

Hotels still look to fill their rooms in the off-peak season, and you’ll certainly avoid the peak Dubai crowds in June.

Waterparks and water-based attractions still remain quite busy in June too, though as water temperatures rise over the month even these outdoor activities can become unbearable for some.

Burj Al Arab along the soft go9lden beach front in Dubai in may

As most activities have now moved indoors, there has been a slowdown in large festivals and events over the hottest summer months . You can still experience these fun indoor and outdoor experiences in June 2024:

Live Music, theatre and comedy

  • Kick off the month with Garage Nation at the P7 Arena on June 1st. With resident DJs and big-name artists, this is a must for lovers of Garage vibes. Find out more here.
  • Comedy fans can catch the Hyperactive Russell Kane on the QE2 on June the 2nd .
  • The legendary WATERBOMB Festival is making its way to Dubai Festival City from South Korea on June 7th/8th. With the hottest K-pop, EDM and regional stars providing the entertainment, you’ll need the water cannons and jets to cool you down!
  • Enjoy the best of Swan Lake with the European Ballet Soloists at Zabeel Theatre on 7th June .
  • Tawainese singer Jeff Chang will take to the stage at the Coca-Cola Arena on the 9th of June .
  • ABBA fans can catch the tribute act ABBA REUNION on board the QE2 on the 14th and 15th of June .
  • Jason Derulo will be returning to the Coca-Cola Arena in support of Earthsoul on the 15th June .
  • Five-time platinum artist Amr Diab will be live at the Coca-Cola Arena on June 18th .
  • On the 19th of June , The Ocean , Berlin’s post-metal powerhouse, will rock the P7 Arena in an unmissable show for metal fans.
  • Arab superstars Hussein Al Jassmi and Sherine Abdul Wahab promise an unforgettable night at the Coca-Cola Arena on the 21st of June .
  • American-Moroccan hit maker French Montana will be joined by Turkish sensation Mustafa Ceceli , Filipino band December Avenue and Lebanese singer Amanda Maalouf in a night of epic entertainment hosted by the Earthsoul movement at the Coca-Cola Arena on 22nd of June .
  • Dubai Opera is yet to announce its summer line up, although it is advertising a concert by violinist Johanna Pichlmair on the 9th June .
  • Rumour has it that the 28th and 29th of June will see the UK’s number 1 Adele tribute act, Helen Ward-Jackson , rolling in the deep on the QE2 . For more details click here.
  • La Perle , a mesmerising acrobatic show featuring hydraulics, pyrotechnics and motorbikes, continues to run in Al Habtoor City.
  • You can also see Pluma , the ultimate circus experience at Dubai Festival City until 20 June.

Temporary Exhibitions

  • Immersee: Digital Art by Danny Rose is a captivating digital art experience featuring a blend of light, sound and imagination. Running at Sustainable City until the 23rd of June .

Local cultural and heritage events in June

  • There are no cultural festivals planned for June. However, Eid Al Adha is set to fall from 16th to 18th June 2024, sure to bring some traditional performances and activities throughout the city.

Sporting Events in June

  • The EUFA Euros 2024 will take place from 14 June to 14 July 2024, with screenings due to be held at many of the city’s best sports bars and lounges – we will shortly be publishing our list of venues, stay tuned!
  • For more hands-on sporting action, Dubai Sports Wor ld will take over the exhibition halls at the Dubai World Trade Centre for this annual summer event. Starts June 22nd.

You will want to explore some of the city’s best indoor attractions in June. Basing yourself around Dubai Mall and Downtown Dubai is a great idea at this stage of the year to minimise walking. The best things to do in Dubai in June include:

  • A visit to the city’s beautiful Museum of the Future is an otherworldly experience sure to wow (NB advance booking is essential).
  • A trip to At The Top Burj Khalifa – the highest observation deck in the world is a total bucket list experience not to miss, mostly indoors (Even in off-peak times, it’s still best to book your Burj Khalifa tickets well in advance, especially if you want the coveted sunset spots).
  • Visit the largest suspended indoor aquarium tank in the world The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo . It is totally free to observe the free tank inside the Mall, but a visit inside and the up-close encounters cost extra. For a big day out, it’s easy to combine your ticket to At The Top with the aquarium .
  • For an icy cold treat, try your hand (or your feet!) at the Olympic-sized ice skating rink in Dubai Mall.
  • Take on the slopes of Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates, or enjoy a snow park pass to enjoy Bobsledding, Zorb balling, and more!
  • Once the sun goes down, venture out to the Dubai Mall promenade to capture the evening Dubai Fountain show – the world’s largest dancing fountain show on the Burj Lake. Taking a traditional abra out onto the water at night is one of the most popular central city activities in June.
  • Another great nightspot to enjoy the nightly fountain show is Time Out Market , found in neighbouring Souk al Bahar. Terrace views are possible here, and there is a superb dining hall atmosphere.

Indoor kids’ entertainment is Dubai’s speciality; in fact, you probably won’t find more indoor activities and fun centres in the world!

Here’s just a sample of some of the biggest indoor attractions you can try – or check out this awesome listing of summer indoor activities for kids

  • Kidzania Dubai – the life-like city built just for kids where they can take on jobs, earn money from flying a FlyDubai plane through to working at the bank and enjoy lunch from their own creations at Pizza Express! Found within Dubai Mall.
  • Play DXB (formerly VR Park) offers a huge indoor virtual reality park to explore within Dubai Mall .
  • Explore the entirely indoor rainforest biodome The Green Planet – featuring rescued exotic wildlife through to animal encounters and “Zoo Keeper for a Day” opportunities.

The Green Planet Dubai

  • Head to Dubai Hills Mall, where you will find the giant Adventure Park. Here, you will find all things adventure! From climbing walls to rope courses and even an indoor rollercoaster (yes, inside the shopping mall!) The Storm Coaster .
  • For the creative types, book yourselves a session at Wild Paint Hosue to unleash that inner artist, and some energy!

Rain in Dubai during June would be an extremely rare occurrence. It can rain in Dubai, but predominantly, this will occur in the winter months – November to April.

Yes. Dubai doesn’t experience the classic four seasons, just a mild winter and a hot summer. June is near the start of the hottest months of the year.

The water temperatures rise significantly during June. Although the water in Dubai is still pleasant for swimming at the start of June, it becomes less pleasant as you approach the peak of summer, around 33°C (90.4°F), which feels more like bath water!

It depends on your tolerance for the heat! If you’re looking for a vacation in the sun without the crowds, June is a great time to be in Dubai. If you want to undertake outdoor activities and visit the desert and the mountains, June is probably going to be too hot to be enjoyable, and there will be many attractions.

Check out the best things to do in every month in Dubai here!

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Went to the beach in Mamzar on both 2nd and 3rd of June 2022, both starting from 4:00 PM. Weather was okay on the 2nd of June, but on the 3rd of June, the weather was unbelievably beautiful! Of course during the daytime, weather was normally hot, it reached the average high of between 38 to 42 degrees celsius which is too hot obviously, but this is normal for late May / early June. Sea water temperature was just perfect on both days, taken from May, and around 4:00 PM the weather cools down. From that time to 7 PM, on 2nd of June, the weather was fine, except it was humid. The same time at 7 PM on 3rd of June, the weather was so beautiful, it didn’t felt like June at all, it felt more like April-end or early May, it was clear and it was beautiful, the sunset was more colorful and beautiful, the wind is blowing off cool air which kind of made me feel cold, it was awesome, later that night it sinked to 28 degrees celsius unlike to 32 degrees on the night of 2nd of June. Nevertheless, if people say, “oh June is a bad month to visit, because it is too hot” Hell no, June (especially early June) in my opinion is the BEST month to visit Dubai, and also Abu Dhabi UAE for beach outings!

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Great, thanks for that really insightful feedback. Dubai weather can undoubtedly be quite variable from one day to the next, hot comes in many different formats in Dubai! June can definitely be a great time to visit the beach without the crowds.

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Dubai: Dubai International Airport (DXB) issued a travel advisory on Tuesday ahead of the upcoming peak travel season, including Eid Al Adha and the summer school holiday breaks in the UAE.

Dubai Airport authorities said in a statement that the world's busiest hub is expected to welcome 3.7 million passengers from June 12 to 25, during the Eid break and ahead of the school summer holidays from July to August.

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DXB predicts that the average daily traffic will hit 264,000 passengers, and June 22 is expected to be the busiest day, with passenger numbers likely to exceed 287,000.

Last summer, Dubai's flagship carrier, Emirates, which operates out of its home base in DXB, logged one of its busiest summers, carrying over 14 million passengers. In 2023, DXB witnessed a surge in guest numbers, reaching 86/9 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 31.7 per cent. Q3 remained the quarter with the highest traffic since 2019, with 23 million passengers, while August, with 7.9 million guests, was the month with the highest traffic.

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