Everything you need to know about visiting Dubai in April
April is what we like to call Dubai’s golden month! Whilst Dubai does not have traditional seasons, it’s most definitely the city’s transitional month. The mild days of winter are rapidly replaced by long hot sunny days, though still not quite the blistering heat of summer, making it perfect for those who love the warmth on their skin along with beach and water-based activities.
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Dubai weather in April
There can be a rapid increase in day time maximum temperatures from late March through to late April. At the start of the month, Dubai normally experiences day time highs around 30c/86F and by the end of April 35c/95F with an average of 33.3c/92F.
Be prepared for a few scorching hot days thrown in too, with only a low probability of rain.
The sea temperature takes a little longer to reach summertime peaks. You can expect a mild average of 25c/77F in the water in April – but reaching 28c/72F by month-end.
You can read our complete guide to Dubai Weather in April here, as well as our suggested ideas of what to pack for Dubai in April.
Dubai Special Events April 2020
IMPORTANT UPDATE: MOST EVENTS LISTED BELOW HAVE BEEN CANCELLED IN 2020 DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK AND CONTAINMENT MEASURES PUT IN PLACE BY THE UAE AUTHORITIES.
- The Holy Month of Ramadan – the 9th month on the Hijri calendar will this year start on 24 April 2020 through to 23 May 2020 (subject to moon sightings) – you can see our complete Ramadan guide here.
- Dubai Global Village – say goodbye to a seasonal favourite and nab a bargain as vendors look to sell up their last stock on 4 April 2020 [NOW CLOSED UNTIL LATE 2020]
- World Art Dubai exhibition at Dubai World Trade Centre from 8 to 11 April 2020 [POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 2020]
- Ripe Market – catch the end of the outdoor market season, the last market to be held on 25 April 2020 [Markets closed early for the season order online only until autumn 2020]
- Al Marmoom Heritage Festival – An Emirati cultural experience based around the Al Marmoom camel racing track [2020 event cancelled and race season ended early]
- Arabian Travel Market – the regions biggest travel trade event at the Dubai World Trade Centre 19 to 22 April 2020 [postponed to June 28 to July 1 – pending]
Suggested Dubai activities in April
April is undoubtedly one of Dubai’s busiest tourism months due to its perfect beach weather and coinciding with school holidays for many countries. It’s one of those months in Dubai we strongly suggest having your tickets for any top attractions booked well in advance (also in December and March), but also build yourself in some downtime to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
Ramadan in Dubai during April 2020
The occurrence of Ramadan during the busy tourism month has certainly raised questions in the tourism industry. Traditionally, many businesses have significantly altered their hours over Ramadan and restaurants closed to all but a few during the day.
Over the past few years, however, this landscape has changed. The message is very much “business as usual” for tourism during Ramadan in Dubai, but there are a number of courtesy points you should bear in mind – we cover these in much more detail here.
To have a great Ramadan experience in April, why not try these activities:
- Visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding – this amazing foundation has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years as tourists seek to learn more about the Emirati and Muslim culture during their visit. Look out for daily walking tours, cultural meals and many additional programs throughout the year.
- Ramadan Iftar Program – run by SMCUU experience a traditional iftar (“breaking of the fast”) in Al Fahidi Historical District during the Holy Month.
- Attend a Jumeirah Mosque visit – one of only two mosques in Dubai open to non-Muslim tourists – 10am & 2pm (Sat-Thu) – altered program during the Holy Month.
- See the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi – a day trip to the capital is a must to experience one of the world’s most beautiful mosques.
- See the Firing of the Cannon at Burj Park – a small hidden park near the Dubai Mall is home to the nightly firing of the cannon, which signifies the end of the daily fast, a wonderful tradition still practised across the UAE nightly during Ramadan.
And for those wanting to make the most of the April sunshine, why not try getting out on to the water for a unique view of the city. There are many choices available from sunset cruises to breakfast buffet as you cruise around the Dubai Marina and the luxurious new Bluewaters development as well as the iconic Palm Jumeirah.
And of course, enjoy the best of Dubai’s beaches, whether you are staying at a beach resort or visit one of the many free public beaches in Dubai.
With the kids in April?
As it’s glorious beach weather still, why not try Splash ‘n’ Party on Kite Beach. This giant inflatable water playground adds a fun new touch to one of Dubai’s favourite beaches for local residents. A 50AED ticket lasts the kids all day, plenty of fun in the sun.
And of course, there are Dubai’s big water parks, including Wild Wadi, Aquaventre and Laguna Park at Le Mer – you can check out all our favourite splashing adventures in Dubai here.
Before you go… things to know before you visit Dubai
- Pop into our essential planning information page, it includes everything you need to know about getting around Dubai, a handy guide on what to pack and top tips for first-timers on the do’s and don’ts, laws and customs to be aware of.
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