Everything you need to know about visiting Dubai in September
September is the month that can catch most visitors off guard regarding the weather and what to expect in Dubai.
Dubai remains incredibly hot in September. While the temperature might drop slightly off August summer peaks, the humidity remains, and many will say September actually feels hotter.
Schools are back in locally, though, meaning much life and activity returns to the city. Many social events start to fire back up, and it can be less crowded in tourist venues than in August with fewer stopover passengers through DXB.
Make no mistake, it’s still not sunbathing weather throughout the middle of the day, but you can still pick up a September bargain trip in the sun and have a lot of fun in Dubai in September.
Dubai Weather in September
You can expect average daytime highs up to 39.2°C (102.5°F), but extreme days can still reach 45.1°C (113.2°F). The daytime average temperature in September is 33°C (91.4°F). The “feels like” temperature (which considers humidity and wind chill) is usually much higher.
Water temperatures remain hot throughout the month; expect an average sea temperature of 32.6°C (90.7°F) – you will still want a resort pool with a chiller to enjoy a splash in Dubai in September!
You can read our complete guide to Dubai Weather in September here and our suggested ideas of what to pack for Dubai in September.
Dubai Special Events in September 2023
- Saudi National Day – recognising their neighbour and ally, there are always lots of colourful celebrations around town, including the lighting of the Burj Khalifa for Saudi National Day on September 23.
- Bollywood-lovers, look out for Farhan Akhtar performing live at Coca-Cola Arena on 1st September
- See the program of events at Dubai Opera – from Swan Lake to Madame Butterfly, there’s always a reason to get dressed up and enjoy Downtown Dubai. This September will also see a performance by acclaimed British duo Seafret on the 15th of September.
- Peppa Pig will be bringing children a big adventure at the Coca-Cola Arena on the 16th and 17th of September.
- Step back to the boy band era with A1 and 911 live at The Agenda on the 22nd of September.
Suggested Dubai Activities in September
You can keep playing tourist around Dubai, even in the hottest months, with many attractions indoors and air-conditioned. It might still be a little uncomfortably hot for the beach or desert, but look out for these attractions.
- Visit the Museum of the Future – Not just a spectacular building but an incredible insight to society’s future.
- The Dubai Frame – Get a bird’s-eye view of how old meets new in this sensational Dubai attraction. Literally a giant frame, you ascend 48 floors above the city in a glass elevator, then walk the see-through glass floor if you dare! To one side, the old city of Deira and onwards to Sharjah; on the other, superb views of Downtown and the Burj Khalifa.
- Speaking of heights, how would you feel taking a glass slide over Downtown Dubai? Test your nerves at Sky View Observatory
- On a luxury yacht, cruise with airconditioned comfort around the Dubai Marina at night.
- Treat yourself to an indulgent spa day during the off-peak season at a luxury resort.
- Try the record-breaking Deep Dive Dubai – the deepest indoor pool in the world where you can scuba diving lessons.
- Check out the stage show spectacular La Perle at Al Habtoor City.
- Check out the city’s fun cafe scene with one of these incredible breakfasts.
Dubai Family Activities in September
With the little ones locally back to school from the end of August, September is a much quieter month at many of the city’s family attractions.
We would argue it’s still a little too hot outside to indulge in the famous waterparks, but you still might find some cooling water fun in the early evenings:
- Along Kite Beach, take on Aqua Parks Leisure – a freshwater pool obstacle course.
- Enjoy the combination of the Lost Chambers Aquarium indoors, then head to Aquaventure at Atlantis.
- Enjoy the entirely indoor theme park action at IMG World’s of Adventure
- Take on the Aventura zipline and ropes park in Mushrif Park under evening floodlights.
Dubai Day Trips in September
Whilst it is still quite hot for getting out and about, grab yourself an airconditioned set of wheels and consider these day trips within easy driving distance of Dubai:
- Neighbouring Abu Dhabi has plenty of indoor cultural attractions that should be on any UAE visitor’s wish list – think the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Watan – the Presidential Palace, and partially inside, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
- If you’re more of a theme park fan, head to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island – Ferrari World, SeaWorld, and Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi are almost entirely indoor theme parks.
- Adrenaline junkies will be delighted to know that Hatta Wadi Hub in the Dubai mountains will be opening early this year, with the new winter season commencing on Friday, September 15. Hatta in the mountains of Dubai offers activities ranging from archery and axe-throwing to paragliding and horse riding.
- Stay at incredible glamping locations in Hatta for the full outdoor eco experience (just remember plenty of sunshine and hydration!!)
More Frequently Asked Questions about Dubai in September
This depends a little on your tolerance for heat! Temperatures in Dubai in September still regularly exceed 40°C, and humidity can be high, so it’s still a little hot for most outdoor activities. Not all seasonal events have returned post-summer. However, tourist numbers tend to be at their lowest, and it’s the best time to bag a bargain without the crowds.
Sunset in September is 6:38 PM at the start of the month, changing to 6:06 PM by the end of September.
As it is still very hot in Dubai in September, you should dress appropriately for the weather, while observing the usual dress code rules in Dubai for cultural respect. Loose cotton and linen clothing works great in the heat.
As a general rule of thumb, shoulders and knees covered for men and women when out in public. You can find our complete Dubai packing list 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.
- Pick up a Dubai Pass from iVenture or a Go City Dubai Pass to save up to 50% on top Dubai attractions.
- Don’t forget to pack your travel insurance!!!
- Discover the best areas to stay in Dubai, or bag a bargain on your accommodation here:
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