Everything you need to know about visiting Dubai in August – climate, attractions, tours & events
It’s hard to use any other adjective than hot to describe Dubai in August! It is the peak of the desert summer and the weather very much defines life in the Middle East.
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 though to avoid being outside in the peak heat of the day and benefit from the plethora of activities still on offer in the evening.
Do note that due to COVID-19 health and safety measures, some venues may still be running at a restricted capacity to allow social distancing or events may be cancelled.
Dubai weather in August
In the hottest month of the year, you can expect daily maximums in Dubai as high as 48.8°C (120°F), though averaging around 41.5°C (106.7°F). There’s little reprieve from the heat overnight as temperatures only drop to an average low of 30.6°C (87°F).
Humidity starts to pick up in August, making it feel even hotter and muggier than July (NB, look for the “feels like” temperature in your weather app to get a better gauge of just how hot it is outside).
Sea temperatures are not particularly refreshing in August either at a balmy 33.1°C (91.6°F), even temperatures over 34°c in the water can be experienced in Dubai in August.
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. There are ongoing summer-long events to enjoy such as 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. Stick around for dinner and drinks in Al Habtoor City.
- Get out on the water in airconditioned style, enjoying a night cruise with dinner from Dubai Marina, or even catch the Dubai Ferry for a spectacular view of many of the city’s highlights in air-conditioned comfort.
- Ski Dubai – hit the slopes indoors at Mall of the Emirates, keeping you active during the hottest months.
- 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.
If you’d still like to enjoy the heat and get out in the sun, then we’d suggest cooling off at one of the city’s many beach clubs. Head out in the late afternoon and stay hydrated to make the most of Dubai’s beaches in summer.
With the Kids – Dubai in August
There’s still plenty going on indoors for the little ones in August. Why not try:
- Motiongate Dubai, part of the Dubai Parks and Resorts complex offers most of their family-friendly rides and attractions indoors + complimentary daytime shuttles from the car park making it bearable still in the summer months.
- Oli Oli – the indoor children’s museum has plenty to keep the younger kids active in a wonderfully chilled and safe environment, Tosho’s net is a real hit.
- Dubai Mall is home to many family attractions indoors from KidZania to the VR Park, even ice skating!
- Take a walk in a tropical rainforest, in the centre of Dubai! The Green Planet biodome brings an incredible nature experience to the heart of the city.
Before you go… More important things you should know when planning a trip to 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.
- Check out this incredible list of 150+ places you should visit when you’re in Dubai.
- Pick up a Dubai Pass to save up to 50% on top Dubai attractions
- Don’t forget to pack your travel insurance!!!
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