Everything you need to know about visiting Dubai in September
September is the month that can catch most visitors off guard when it comes to weather and what to expect in Dubai. Dubai remains incredibly hot in September. Whilst the temperature might drop a tiny bit off August 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 by the end of the month and it can be less crowded than August with stopover passengers.
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.
Whilst Dubai is open to tourism – most nationalities can now apply for a visa or receive a visa on arrival – some Covid-19 restrictions are still in place. Limitations apply to crossing the border into Abu Dhabi.
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 takes into account humidity and wind is usually much higher.
Water temperatures remain incredibly warm 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, as well as our suggested ideas of what to pack for Dubai in September.
Dubai Special Events in September 2021
- Inclassica International Music Festival will be taking place at Dubai Opera and Coca-Cola Arena from 28 August to 26 September 2021.
- Catch Mamma Mia at Dubai Opera, showing from 13 to 25 September 2021.
- Saudi National Day – recognising their neighbour and ally, there’s always lots of colourful celebration around town including the lighting of the Burj Khalifa for Saudi National Day on September 23.
- Extreme sports fans check out the first event in the winter 2021/22 season of Mantra X Hatta Adventure Race on 24 September 2021.
- Chase the city lights with the Super Sports Night Run series, returning on 28 September 2021 (further night runs are held in November, January and April)
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.
- The Dubai Frame – get a birds-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, the other, superb views of Downtown and the Burj Khalifa.
- Cruise with airconditioned comfort around the Dubai Marina at night on a luxury yacht.
- Treat yourself to an indulgent spa day during the off-peak season at a luxury resort.
- Try our the newest record-breaking opening Deep Dive Dubai – the deepest indoor pool in the world.
- 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.
- Laguna Waterpark at La Mer is a more manageable water park with kids, end your day with a stroll around La Mer
- Enjoy the combination of the Lost Chambers Aquarium indoors, then head to Aquaventure at Atlantis.
- Take on the Aventura zipline and ropes park under evening floodlights.
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 Dubai Go City 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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