Expect hot and humid days year-round in Dubai. Although rain is rare, it is more plentiful in winter. Temps range from 73 degrees in January to a broiling 103 in July. Low season is in summer, from July to August. This being the desert, nighttime temperatures cool considerably, but most times of year light clothing is all you need. Many businesses close for the holy month of Ramadan, which falls on a different date each year depending on the Muslim calendar.
The most popular time to travel is November to April, and expect big crowds during high season’s major events, such as the Dubai Rugby Seven in December, when over 120,000 passionate sports fans arrive. A bastion of consumerism, Dubai naturally has its own shopping festival at the end of January, with over two million shoppers flocking for deals. February’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament puts $2.5 million at stake and is considered the crown jewel of the European Tour’s three-stop desert swing. The Taste of Dubai is March’s family-friendly event featuring a Kid’s Zone, live music, foodie workshops, and celebrity chefs whipping up delectable dishes. The marquee event, however, is reserved for the ponies, as 50,000 horse enthusiasts arrive in March for the Dubai World Cup, the richest horse race in the world.