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Why We Love Dubai in January – And We Bet You Will Too!

by Dubai Travel Planner

Everything you need to know about visiting Dubai this January

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January enjoys the mildest weather of the year, making it a popular time of year to visit Dubai and enjoy its many outdoor events and natural highlights.

The first week after the New Year is still quite busy, but you will find for the rest of January, there are fewer crowds than you’d ordinarily experience in Dubai in December, making it the ideal time to visit.

The weather is on the cool side for water-based activities – some water parks may close late in the month for annual renovations – but there are still plenty of things to enjoy around the city and beyond without the stifling heat of the hotter summer months.

Dubai Average Weather in January

Dubai’s average daytime maximum temperature in January is 24.2°C (76°F), with highs as much as 31.8°C (89°F) and overnight lows averaging 14.6°C (58°C).

In January, you should expect sea temperatures of 23.9°C (75°C) on average. Maximum sea temperatures are expected at 25.9°C (77°F) through to a minimum of 22°C (73°F).

Both rain and fog can commonly occur in January. There is little you can do to prepare for these natural occurrences, but if it rains, seek cover fast, as it can pour hard and fast but tends to clear quickly.

Fog tends to form overnight and burns off during the morning – do factor this in if you are planning an early morning Burj Khalifa visit – you may be looking out on a blanket of white, or with brilliant views of the skyscrapers poking through the clouds!

You can read our complete guide to Dubai Weather in January here, as well as our suggested ideas of what to pack for Dubai in January.

Dubai Special Events January 2024

  • One of the biggest names in showbiz, Ed Sheeran will be live at the Sevens Stadium on Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th of January.
  • The Dubai Shopping Festival will be held from 8 December 2023 to 14 January 2024 at venues all over the city, culminating in the 321 Festival on Saturday, 13 January at Skydive Dubai.
  • One of the family-favourite highlights is the free nightly DSF Drone Light Show, which will take place nightly until January 14th over Bluewaters Island at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM.
  • The Hankook 24H Dubai is the second largest grid race in the world, taking place at Dubai Autodrome from 12th to the 14th January 2024.
  • Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament will take place from the 18th to 29the 21st of January 2024 at Emirates Golf Club.
  • The Sketchers Performance Run will take place on the 6 January 2024. The 3km/5km/10km/16km event takes you past some of Dubai’s most iconic buildings.
  • Another fun family racing event, the Bubble Run, will be held at Expo City on 20 January 2024, offering 4km and 8km distances.
  • Bringing live music, art exhibitions, dance shows and more – the Quoz Arts Festival is expected to return 27-28 January 2024Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz

Suggested Dubai Activities in January 2024

January is perfect for cooler weather outdoor activities but possibly too cold for being in the water, so why not try Dubai from the sky while daytime temperatures are manageable?

If you’re still keen to hit the water in Dubai, these activities will keep you slightly drier in the winter!

**Note that some water parks do their annual maintenance in the coolest winter months; some rides and attractions may be closed in January. Check these dates with popular attractions such as Aquaventure, Wild Wadi, and Legoland Dubai before booking tickets to avoid any disappointment.

Places to Visit in Dubai in January 2024

Keeping with our theme of the great outdoors, we suggest in January in Dubai you visit:

Flamingoes at ras al khor

Day Trips from Dubai in January 2024

It’s a great time of year not only for exploring Dubai but exploring around the Emirates. We suggest January is the perfect time of year to make a day trip to:

  • The Liwa Desert – head beyond Abu Dhabi and toward the Saudi border to experience the rich red dunes of the empty quarter and historic forts from a bygone era. Best to go with an experienced 4×4 driver to tackle the giant dunes.
  • The Musandam Peninsula – a whole other country in a day? Why not?! Musandam is our absolute favourite part of the Arabian Peninsula. It’s the tiny enclave of Oman that sits to the very northeast of Dubai & the UAE, jutting into the straight of Hormuz. Here, you can sail by traditional boat amongst the giant mountainous that have earned it the nickname “the Norway of Arabia” and enjoy dolphin spotting on a truly magical day out – best tackled with a guided tour to get you through the border crossing process.
boat anchored in the Musandam Peninsula
  • Visit the historic Oasis City of Al Ain – home to the UAE’s listed UNESCO World Heritage sites. Situated in the Abu Dhabi Emirate on the Oman border (south of Dubai), Al Ain is a treasure trove for culture-seekers. Birthplace of the country’s founding Father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayhan, there are many museums and historic forts to explore, as well as the Al Ain Oasis and the 5000-year-old Jebel Hafeet beehive tombs.

Dubai with Kids in January 2024

Try one of the exquisite outdoor family Brunches for delectably delicious food and kids’ entertainment galore – from candy bars to bouncy castles. Most hotels will let under 6s in for FREE, and 6- to 12-year-olds eat at 50% off.

For a real treat, we highly recommend you try Bubbalicious at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi (also one of our top pick family hotels) or head out to Dubai Parks and Resorts to enjoy the Lapita Daycation package, including pool access.

Elsewhere across the city, a favourite for active kids is venturing out to Mushrif Park to see the International Village and take on the ropes courses and ziplines at Aventura – courses are ideal from about six years old plus, or they have a juniors area too.

If you happen to catch a rainy day, check out these indoor trampoline centres and multisports venues in Dubai or our complete list of indoor venues.

More Frequently Asked Questions About Dubai in January

Does it rain in Dubai in January?

It is possible to experience rain in Dubai during January. It can be difficult to predict in advance, but Dubai can experience occasional winter thunderstorms. The city averages between 10-20mm of rainfall in January. There can also be cloud seeding activity, which increases the possibility of rain.

A heavy downpour may be experienced during your January trip to Dubai but it certainly won’t put a dampener on your whole trip, with plenty of blue skies on the forecast. We wouldn’t go packing an umbrella ‘just in case’; a sun hat and sunscreen will be far more useful.

Is it cold in Dubai in January?

This depends on where you’re heading and what you’re doing. In the city of Dubai, you can expect mild days to around the mid-20s, and cooler evenings when you might feel more comfortable in jeans and a pullover.

If you are heading to the mountains of the desert overnight, it can be substantially cooler than on the coast, so you’ll want some warmer layers (though, in truth, it rarely goes below 10°C, which most visitors would still consider very mild for January!)

Is January a good time to visit Dubai?

We’d argue that January is the best month to visit Dubai, especially if you’re not a big fan of the heat and want to explore more of Dubai’s outdoor attractions.

The major crowds in Dubai normally dissipate within a week of New Year’s. The rest of January is busy but manageable (though we suggest if you’re a visitor, avoid key attractions on weekends if you don’t like queues!)

January is on the cool side for a beach or water park vacation, but you’ll find hotels with heated pools you can still use.


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


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