Everything you need to know about visiting Dubai in August
It’s hard to use any other adjective than hot to describe Dubai in August! It is the peak of the desert summer and very much defines the way of life in the Middle East over the hottest time of the year.
That said, Dubai is a modern city built for the heat, you won’t find yourself going too far without airconditioned comfort to enjoy. You do need to plan your days carefully to avoid being outside in the peak heat of the day.
Dubai weather in August
The hottest month of the year, you can expect daily maximums as high as 48.8c (120F), averaging around 41.5c (106.7F). There’s little reprieve from the heat overnight as temperatures only drop to an average low of 30.6c (87F). Humidity starts to pick up in August making it feel even hotter and muggier.
Sea temperatures are not very enjoyable in August at a balmy 33.1c (91.6F), even over 34c in the water can be experienced.
You can read our complete guide to Dubai Weather in August here, as well as our suggested ideas of what to pack for Dubai in August.
Dubai Special Events in August
It’s a quiet month for special events in August, most attention this year will be on the holy occasions of Arafat Day and Eid al Adha. This religious holiday marks the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and the Festival of the Sacrifice. It is expected to fall in 2020 from 30 July to 2 August, marked by at least 3 days but sometimes up to a week of public holidays.
There are also ongoing summer-long events the Dubai Summer Surprises, a shopping-related event with venues all over the city and Dubai Sports World, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, keeping kids and adults alike active in Dubai over the hottest month.
Suggested Dubai activities in August
We’re keeping it all indoors still in August with some favourite suggestions to try in the city
- Catch La Perle by Dragon – the stunning stage show at Al Habtoor. It runs throughout the year but August is the perfect time to catch the show in air-conditioned comfort.
- Try afternoon tea at the famous Burj al Arab – it may be too hot for the stunning infinity pool but pull up a chair inside for a special treat on the 27th floor of Dubai’s “7-star” luxury jewel.
With the Kids – Dubai in August
There’s still plenty going on indoors for the little ones in August. Why not try:
- Dreamworks at Motiongate – although Dubai Parks and Resorts on the city’s outskirts is partially outdoors, once you7 get inside, huge parts of Motiongate particularly are indoors at the giant Dreamworks Factory. There are super ticket savings to be had in the hottest months of the year – in 2019 they offered free summer membership if you bought a one day ticket!
- Jumble – Indoor Adventure Park – best for your tween to teenage group, this is the ultimate indoor challenge, expanding on the escape room concept with physical and mental challenges to solve as a team.
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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