Everything you need to know about visiting Dubai in November
November brings some of the most pleasant weather of the year, perfect for exploring Dubai’s great outdoors again and seeing many seasonal events return for the winter season.
The removal of mask rules in the UAE in late September (with exemptions for public transport, medical facilities and houses of worship) means the city is as open as ever for tourism.
The kick-off of the world cup in neighbouring Qatar will bring vast numbers of tourists to the region, and a real party atmosphere is sure to be had in Dubai. Let’s take a look at everything that will be happening around the city.
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Dubai Weather in November
Temperatures drop significantly over the month of November from highs of 38°C/100°F at the start of the month down to the high 20s/low 80s by month-end. Overnight lows are around 20°C/68°F, and morning fog can be a common occurrence as the humidity starts to fall, leading to some spectacular cityscape views.
The sea temperature averages 28.4°C/83°F, so it is still pleasant to take a refreshing dip in the water and perfect for the sun worshippers, too, without getting too hot and sweaty.
Dubai Special Events November 2022
- Flag Day – Held every year on 3 November, Emiratis take great pride and honour in displaying their National Flag. Signalling the unification of the 7 Emirates – the flag represents justice, peace, tolerance, power, and moderation. Homes and businesses will unfurl their flags on this day, and all the way through to National Day on 2 December, you will see the city blanketed in red, green, white & black.
- Dubai Design Week – The region’s largest creative festival, held in Dubai Design District between 8 November and 13 November 2022, covers architecture through to interior design and graphic design.
- The Legends Team Cup – 9 to 12 November 2022 come and see many tennis legends, including Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer, smashing it out on the ATP Champions Tour at Dubai Harbour.
- Entertainment galore at Dubai Opera this month, including Peter Bence, The Fastest Piano Player on 11 November 2022, Enrico Macias and his orchestra on 12 November 2022 and One Night at Dubai Opera with Iyad Rimawi on 15 November 2022.
- Thanksgiving – US expats will be celebrating in style at venues across the city! Thursday, 24 November 2022
Suggested Dubai Activities in November
As the weather is starting to cool, it’s a great time to check out the return of some amazing seasonal events and enjoy the great outdoors.
- Dubai Global Village reopened for Season 27 on 25 October 2022 and will run through until early April 2022. An incredible world showcase of food, shopping, and entertainment (like a mini Expo every year!) – and only 15 AED entry, it’s one of the bargain night spots in Dubai.
- Explore the city from the water. Many services offer tours from several locations now, including the Dubai Canal, Dubai Creek, and Dubai Marina. Our top pick is to hire a small group boat and choose your own itinerary, BYO your own snacks and let your captain whisk you around Dubai’s top sites!
- Take on an evening desert safari, quad bike, ride a camel and enjoy a traditional Bedouin feast while watching a belly dancing show and smoking shisha! Check out just some of the available options here, or even consider an overnight desert camp.
- Attend an outdoor market, such as Ripe Markets held every Saturday & Sunday.
- Try out one of Dubai’s evening Brunches, many are held in outdoor gardens, for a unique Dubai experience.
- Enjoy sundowner drinks from many of Dubai’s most exclusive beachfronts and rooftops.
Day trips from Dubai in November
Entry into neighbouring Emirate Abu Dhabi has become a whole lot easier with the removal of the border crossing point and COVID tests; you no longer require an Al Hosn green pass to enter public spaces in Abu Dhabi emirate from 7 November 2022.
- Check out the Yas Island theme park trio of Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi and Ferrari World.
- Don’t miss the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix; the season closer will take place from 17 to 20 November at the Yas Marina Circuit, just one hour from Dubai.
- Enjoy an evening at the exciting new waterfront destination Yas Bay, attached to the incredible new Etihad Arena (see the lineup of Etihad Arena shows this November, including the Lion King).
- Take in the important cultural sites of Abu Dhabi, including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and Qasr Al Watan (Presidential Palace).
There’s still plenty to explore beyond Dubai city, too; there are 7 Emirates in the UAE to be explored! If you head south to the mountains and northeast to the Northern Emirates, you’ll discover a whole different side of the country.
Some suggestions for the cooler days of November:
- Day trip to Hatta in the Hatta Mountains – enjoy a variety of outdoor sports at Wadi Hub and water-based activities on Hatta Dam. You can hike mountain bikes or even horse ride through the mountainous desert terrain at this outdoor adventure hot spot, super popular on weekends.
- Take on the UAE’s tallest peak Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah and enjoy a huge variety of outdoor adrenaline activities from the world’s longest zipline to the Jais Sky Maze perched atop the mountain.
- Enjoy a snorkelling trip to the country’s east coast, Fujairah.
With the kids in Dubai this November?
- Spend an afternoon and evening at the ultra-fun new beachfront venue La Mer. Here you will find the Laguna Water Park, not as big as Dubai’s main water parks, Atlantis & Wild Wadi, but a perfect size for families and still plenty of classic rides with thrills and spills. Head onward to an evening of fun with the colourful beachfront and food outlets of La Mer.
- The nighttime extravaganza Dubai Garden Glow is back for its 9th season from early November 2022. A beautiful evening light display; get there early to also experience the Dinosaur park as day turns to night, then watch the light show come alive.
- Get kids active outside at Aventura Parks. A ropes and zipline course will see them confidently flying through the treetops of the Ghaf forest in Mushrif Park.
- Dubai Safari Park – A nature experience not far from the city, the new and improved safari park promises family’s the opportunity to see over 2500 through interactive experiences and large enclosures.
You can find our complete guide of things to do with your kids in Dubai here.
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.
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