UAE weather

Read our complete guide to the weather in the UAE.

Below are the temperatures expected today at popular destinations in the UAE. Select a destination to compare today's forecast with average weather conditions.

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UAE weather overview

The seven Sheikdoms which comprise the United Arab Emirates lie on the southern coastline of the Arabian Gulf.

Much of the UAE consists of barren, rocky desert and unless you would enjoy living in a sauna, you should avoid visiting between mid- May and September. At this time, the fierce sun is at its most unforgiving and there is a serious risk of heatstroke for the unwary, particularly on the coast.

The magnificent Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, UAE © Sam Valadi - Flickr Creative Commons
The magnificent Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, UAE © Sam Valadi - Flickr Creative Commons

During the rest of the year, a visit to the UAE can be a great pleasure: from mid-October to April, the climate is warm and sunny with sparse and sporadic rainfall.

What to pack for UAE weather

Take light clothes, whatever the time of year, and warmer wraps to combat the winter weather, summer air-conditioning and evenings in the inland desert which can grow chilly.

More about the UAE

Which is the hottest month in the UAE?

The hottest time of year in Dubai, UAE is normally August. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 41°C with extreme heat and humidity.

Does it ever rain in the UAE?

It never rains much in Dubai, UAE but February usually has the most rain with an average of 34mm. There are normally 4 days in February with some rain.

When is it sunniest in the UAE?

The sunniest time of year in Dubai, UAE is normally November with bright sunshine on average for 86% of daylight hours; that's 9 hours of sunshine per day.

When is the sea warmest in the UAE?

The sea is usually at its warmest in Dubai, UAE in August when the water temperature reaches 33°C.

What is the flight time to the UAE from the UK?

The flight time to the UAE from the UK is typically 7 hours.

What is the time difference between the UAE and the UK?

The time difference between the UAE and the UK is GMT+4 hours.

What is the main language spoken in the UAE?

The main languages spoken in the UAE are Arabic and English.

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What is the currency in the UAE?

The currency in the UAE is the United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED).

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Which plugs are used in the UAE?

UAE uses electrical plug type G (230 Volts) - the same as the UK.

Which side of the road do they drive on in the UAE?

They drive on the right side of the road in the UAE.

Do you need a visa for the UAE?

Yes, UK passport holders do need a visa to enter the UAE.

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Compare UAE weather with the USA

Below the UAE weather chart shows average maximum daytime temperature for United Arab Emirates (Dubai) and the USA (Washington).

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