The Arabian Gulf water Dubai with the Burj Khalifa and Jumeirah Beach

How to Enjoy the Best of Dubai in August (Even When it’s Hot!)

by Dubai Travel Planner

Everything you need to know about visiting Dubai in August – climate, attractions, tours & events

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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.

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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.

The Arabian Gulf water Dubai with the Burj Khalifa and Jumeirah Beach

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.
  • Ski Dubai – hit the slopes indoors at Mall of the Emirates, keeping you active during the hottest months.
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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.

Wghite Beach Atlantis the palm
White Beach Club at Atlantis

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 its 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.
  • 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.

You will find a detailed indoor summer guide for families here | Check out this family guide if you’re travelling with teens or especially for the little ones we have this detailed guide to Dubai with Toddlers


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


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