Everything you need to know about visiting Dubai in February
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February makes a superb time of the year for tourists who like to avoid the peak crowds and enjoy great outdoor experiences in Dubai while the weather is still mild.
It’s also a great month for romantics looking for Valentine’s holiday deals in one of Dubai’s luxury resorts, adventure lovers that want to head to the mountains, and sports fans of all varieties with a huge lineup of indoor and outdoor events.
Dubai weather in February
Dubai’s average daytime maximum temperature in February is 25.6°C/78°F, with highs as much as 37.5°C/99°F and lows overnight averaging 15.6°C/60°F.
In February, you should expect sea temperatures on average of 22.4°C/72.3°F (maximum sea temperatures are expected of 23.5°C/73.4°F through to a minimum of 21.3°C/71.2°F).
Whilst the outside air temperature is starting to warm up for Spring, it is the coolest time of the year for water temperatures, albeit most resorts and hotels heat their pools for year-round enjoyment.
Fog and rain are both common occurrences in February, but on the whole, you will mostly experience bright sunny days.
You can read more about expected Dubai weather in February here, along with our suggested ideas of what to pack for Dubai in February.
Further Reading: The best times to visit Dubai: Every season explained
Dubai Special Events February 2023
A superb lineup of events in Dubai in 2023, from live entertainment to literature, sporting and outdoors, here’s what you’ll find in Dubai this month:
- Emirates Airlines Annual Festival of Literature is to be held from 1 to 6 February 2023 at their new home in Al Habtoor City; you’ll find a varied lineup of literary events suitable for all age groups to enjoy #EmiratesLitFest
- Taste of Dubai, Dubai’s largest culinary event, held February 3 to 5 2023 – Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
- Dubai World Cup – horse racing Carnival action is happening throughout the month – check the race schedule for weekly events
- Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships – held at the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Stadium from 19 February to 4 March 2023 #DDFTennis
- Dubai Polo – a huge lineup of events at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, including the IFZA Gold Cup from 11 February to 4 March 2023
- Elrow XXL outdoor festival will take place on 18 February 2023 at Dubai Design District
- Valentine’s Day – Let’s not forget 14th February 2023 – Expect popular rooftop bars and romantic restaurant hotspots over the city to book out!
Note that some water parks do their annual maintenance in the coolest winter months, and some rides and attractions may be closed; check before booking tickets to avoid any disappointment:
Suggested Dubai activities in February 2023
As the mild winter days continue into February, it’s the perfect time of year to do some outdoor exploring. In and around Dubai city, we suggest you try:
- Get to know Old Dubai and the streets of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Plan a visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and enjoy the many laneways, galleries and cafes that surround the area – our favourites include the Coffee Museum and XVA Cafe.
- Take a traditional Abra across Dubai Creek to visit Deira on the east bank and tour the gold & spice souks.
- Seek out a traditional Emirati feast at a local restaurant, or join an organised tour taking you through the oldest parts of the city.
- If you would prefer a guided tour, check out the Old & Modern Tour of Dubai for a taste of both sides of Dubai
- Take an abra through the canals around Madinat Jumeirah Souk, with the stunning Burj al Arab backdrop and exquisite luxury Arabian surroundings, or experience the new guided tour offering inside the opulent Burj Al Arab.
- Walk a stretch of the Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk, covering 11kms of the outer frond of the Palm. Start from Atlantis in the centre, or Rixos Hotel to the east, and One&Only The Palm to the west.
- Take a trip to the new observatory floor of The View at the Palm on Palm Jumeirah for a stunning new perspective of the city.
- A great lineup of entertainment at Dubai Opera, as always, including comedy act Billy Bailey, The Sound of Bond and Symphonic Middle East – don’t miss catching a meal at one of these superb restaurants near Dubai Opera pre-show.
- Don’t miss a day out at Expo 2020 Dubai, ongoing until 31 March 2022; grab a sundowner from one of our favorite Expo bars while it’s still cool enough in the evenings.
Day trips this February from Dubai
This is the perfect time of year to discover more of Dubai’s backyard and heard into the mountains and desert for a unique Dubai experience. Why not try:
- A day tour to Hatta in the mountains where you can experience the Heritage Village of Hatta, or enjoy a kayak ride and hiking around Hatta Dam.
- Or even better, an overnight stay in the unique Hatta Sedr Trailers Resort for a stunning nature experience.
- A romantic night at Dubai’s most exclusive and romantic desert resort Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa – or check out our complete collection of Dubai’s most romantic places here.
- Take on an early morning balloon ride and desert safari.
- Enjoy a luxury yacht tour departing from Dubai Marina.
- Dine at one of Dubai’s most exclusive and romantic restaurants with your Valentine.
- Enjoy a trip to a traditional fishing village in Ras al Khaimah and take a unique modern pearl farm tour using traditional methods
Dubai with Kids in February
Whilst the days are still so mild, the perfect activity with kids is to enjoy the parks and gardens that the city has to offer – yes in the desert! It’s also a local mid-term break for schools so expect a few extra activities to be going on around mid-month. Our favourite Dubai parks for winter are:
- Dubai Garden Glow and Dinosaur Park – you will find this close to the city in Zabeel Park. A nightly event from 4:00 pm where you can watch giant animated dinosaurs roar to life, before the sunset, and the park comes alive with totally instagrammable glowing creations.
- Dubai Miracle Garden – where you will find the world’s largest flower garden by total number of blooms, a truly magical walk through floral houses to the centrepiece Emirates A380 floral creations. Swing and hammock your way around and enjoy one of the city’s prettiest little spots.
- Safa Park – a favourite with locals, this is where you will find your slice of tranquillity in inner Dubai. Barbequing, ball games and picnicking are all popular activities in this family park, along with bike riding and boating on the lake, a bargain day out for just a few dirham entry fee.
- You can find our complete guide to Dubai’s best parks and gardens here.
- Families won’t want to miss the opening of the new Legoland Hotel Dubai at Dubai Parks & Resorts, adding to the sensational list of things to see and do on the eastern side of town.
- Harry Potter fans will want to check out the new Wizarding World store, at the Mall of the Emirates
Note that some water parks do their annual maintenance in the coolest winter months; some rides and attractions may be closed, so check before booking tickets to avoid any disappointment:
- Legoland Water Park Operational Updates – NB Water Park is closed Wednesdays
- Wild Wadi Updates – 2023 reopening date still to be announced
- Aquaventure at Atlantis is currently open though parts of the park remain under renovation
If you find yourself with a rainy day, try the entirely indoor theme park IMG Worlds of Adventure, or partially indoors Motiongate Dubai. There’s a bumper list of indoor ideas here to keep you busy too if you do hit one of those rare wet experiences on your trip to Dubai!
Check out the best things to do every month in Dubai here
More Frequently Asked Questions About February in Dubai
February is historically the second coolest month of the year in Dubai. Daytime temperatures generally do not exceed 30 °C, you can expect an average high of a very mild 25.6°C/78°F.
You most definitely can, though locals might tell you it’s on the cooler side!
If you’re coming from the depths of winter elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll likely find it pleasant with average February sea temperatures of 22.4°C/72.3°F.
If you are staying in a resort hotel, they will almost certainly have pool heating on still in February.
It wouldn’t be unusual to experience some light rain – or even a thunderstorm – when visiting Dubai in February.
Although an arid desert climate, the cooler winter months can bring sporadic rainfall in Dubai. On average, the city experiences 35mm of rainfall in February, the highest of the year, though the last few years have been very dry.
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