Everything you need to know about visiting Dubai in March
There really isn’t “Spring” in Dubai per se, but March is as close as it gets! You will see a quick transition from the milder days of winter through to long warm days bathed with sunlight for most of the month.
You will experience perfect temperatures in March for enjoying activities on the water and still mild enough that you can spend the daytime outside without roasting.
For this reason, it tends to be one of the most action-packed months for events around town, trying to squeeze every last minute of enjoyment out of the outdoor lifestyle in the city’s vast beaches, parks, and outdoor entertainment precincts.
Dubai Weather in March
In March, you can expect average daytime temperatures of 23.1°C/73.6°F through to 28.7°C/83.7°F and seawater temperature of 23.6°C/74.5°F.
Expect mostly long, sunny days but it’s not unusual to experience rain showers still in March – February has been quite dry in 2022 so we expect we may still have a few more rain showers left this season!
You can read our complete guide to Dubai Weather in March here, as well as our suggested ideas of what to pack for Dubai in March.
Dubai Special Events March 2023
- Dubai World Cup – Racing is held at Meydan Race Course throughout the winter; however, the highlight is undoubtedly the World Cup Carnival running from mid-January, culminating in the Dubai World Cup on March 25.
- World Art Dubai will take place this year at Dubai World Trade Centre from 9 to 12 March 2023.
- Dubai International Boat Show – enjoy everything from luxury superyachts to fishing boats and everything in between at this world-class event in its 29th year, held at the Dubai Harbour from 1 to 5 March 2023.
- Get your colour on with Holi festivities during a 12-hour Color Beach Party event taking place at La Mer, Saturday, 11 March 2023. Tickets are on sale with Platinumlist – 100AED single/150AED couples.
- One your furry friends can join in too, The Dubai Festival inaugural event will take place 18-19 March 2023 at The Square @ISD, Dubai Sports City.
- The Grand Ball of Monte Carlo will take place at the Burj Al Arab Hotel on Friday, the 17th of March. It may be the experience of a lifetime, but it will set you back AED 4000 per person.
- American singer-songwriter Demi Lovato will be wowing crowds at Coca-Cola Arena on March 18.
- McGettingan’s St Patrick’s Day Festival at the Dubai Media City Ampitheatre will feature Irish band The Script as well as The Coronas on the 18 March.
- Don’t miss the always-packed lineup of musical events and theatrical performances at Dubai Opera throughout the month.
Suggested Dubai Activities in March 2023
March is starting to warm up but still mild enough to be out and about, so let’s make the most of the outdoor weather with these suggestions perfect for your March itinerary:
- AquaFun on The Beach, JBR – test your agility and fitness in this giant outdoor playground off the shore of one of Dubai’s most popular beaches, The Beach.
- Explore the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve – rent a bike for one of the most unique desert riding experiences, or a local favourite is the walking track around the incredible Love Lakes for wildlife spotting and sensational sunsets.
- Take a Dubai Canal Dinner Cruise through the city’s latest man-made phenomenon the Dubai Canal, passing by the Burj Khalifa from the water beneath and the Dubai Canal Waterfall Bridge whilst enjoying a buffet dinner.
- Zipline across the Dubai Marina at speeds up to 80km/hr! Take on this thrilling city zip line through the highrises and over one of the most picturesque urban scenes below.
- Do as the locals do and pack a picnic, head to Al Mamzar Beach Park – a huge park cum beach on the Sharjah border; it’s the perfect spot for picnicking and BBQs.
- Enjoy a night under the stars at a traditional Bedouin camp in the desert.
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Best Kids Activities in Dubai this March
- Try the Aventura Parks high ropes and tree surfing course in Mushrif Park – Dubai’s very own nature park on the city’s doorstep for an active outdoor adventure all the family will love (suitable from 6 years old) – you won’t believe you’re still in the city as your surf amongst the trees in Dubai’s very own Ghaf forest.
- Try out the inflatable water park at JBR, operated by Splash n’ Party, or their second venue at the chilled-out Kite Beach.
- Move aside Expo – visit the original worldwide experience in Dubai at the incredible Dubai Global Village for a world travel experience – 70+ countries to experience all in one spot!
- Take a visit to Dubai Safari Park for a unique animal experience in Dubai.
- Get in before the end of the season to see Dubai Garden Glow & Dinosaur Park in Zabeel Park.
FURTHER READING – Best of Dubai for Families – 80+ engaged activities to enjoy for all age groups
Hitting The Road – Best Dubai Day Trips in March 2023
Have you ever heard of the UAE’s Oasis City of Al Ain? Steeped in history dating back 5,000 years and the country’s only UNESCO World Heritage Listed site, discover more about the country’s heritage in Al Ain on a day trip from Dubai, just over an hour drive through the desert
- You can learn more about what to expect in Al Ain and the most significant sites here.
History buffs will also enjoy learning more about the country’s historical past at Mleiha Archaeological Centre. Situated in the neighbouring emirate of Sharjah, this UNESCO-nominated site includes Bronze Age tombs, pre-Islamic forts, and many other fascinating geological finds. There’s a fabulous new exhibition centre, plus walks to enjoy.
We’re also got our eyes on a new Off-Road Aventure Park opening nearby in Sharjah, XQuarry. Obstacle courses to mountain biking, hikes, and 4×4 Tracks – learn more here!
For more mountain adventures, head south of the city to the exclave of Hatta in the Hajar Mountains. Here you can enjoy camping and glamping experiences, mountain hikes to horseback riding, and plenty of adventure experiences through the dramatic and rugged desert mountainscape, a completely different and unexpected side of Dubai!
More Frequently asked questions about Dubai in March
Without a doubt, March is one of the best times to visit if you want to experience the best of Dubai whilst it’s still mild enough to be outside during the day but cool enough that you’re not sweating all day.
This really depends on your heat tolerance. The average daytime temperature in Dubai ranges from around 23°C/73°F to 28°C/83°F during the month. You might start to find it quite hot in the sun by month-end, but it’s nothing like the somewhat intolerable heat of mid-summer in Dubai.
This depends on who you ask! Locals will no doubt tell you it’s still a little bit chilly in the Persian Gulf waters in March still, but we’re guessing if your coming from Europe and many colder parts of the world, the average sea temperature of 23.6°C/74.5°F is probably quite appealing!
If you’re staying in a resort hotel, they will most likely have their pools still very much heated for your comfort and enjoyment in March.
It wouldn’t be unusual to experience an odd rainy day or even a thunderstorm in Dubai in March. Rainfall is traditionally very low in Dubai (around 10mm), but it does happen.
Don’t go packing your umbrella; just take cover if it does and find an indoor activity in Dubai until it passes.
Humidity in March is usually around 50%, you are approaching the least humid time of the year.
In 2023 the Holy Month will start to fall in March.
The moonsighting committee is expected to announce that Ramadan 1444 will commence on the Gregorian date 22 March 2023. Ramadan will fall during the month of March until 2027.
While Dubai doesn’t really follow traditional seasons, March is the start of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and the weather heats up substantially during the month.
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