Dreamworthy Destinations

Dubai 

Best Time to Go

Keep in mind that it will be warm to hot, no matter when you visit Dubai. Between November and March, the weather is milder and more suitable for outside tourist activities.  Peak season is generally the winter months, November to May. While off-peak is the summer months June to October. But, if your schedule and budget will allow, the luxury service, education, cultural experiences, and bond-building will be well worth it.

Weather

Dubai’s general climate is hot. However, the hot season only lasts for about four and a half months, mid-May until the end of September. These summer months can have scorching temperatures reaching triple digits. More specifically, the average temperature in August is 106 degrees Fahrenheit.  The cooler season lasts for about 3 months, from the beginning of December until the beginning of March.  During this season, the average daily highs are 81 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainy period of the year is from January to mid-March.

Transportation

The best ways to get around Dubai are by taxi or the Dubai Metro, which links the airport area with the other end of town, towards Jebel Ali, with plenty of stops in between. There is also a local bus service, but buses can be crowded at rush hours and are not always on time because of detours and delays caused by construction projects. 

Walking is a good option in certain areas, such as along the Creek or in the souks, but the weather is generally too hot for you to cover long distances on foot in summer, and the city is not designed for pedestrians. 

Language

Arabic, Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu, Tagalog, Farsi. English is more widely spoken than Arabic. 

Things to Do & See

  • Burj Al Arab – One of the tallest hotels and the “World’s only 7 Star Hotel”.

  • Burj Khalifa – The World’s tallest building (mixed-use: apartment, hotel, office) connected to the Dubai Mall. It has 163 floors. 

  • Gold Souk & Spice – One of the largest retail gold & spice markets. 

  • Jumeirah Mosque – Arguably Dubai's most beautiful building, especially when it's lit at night. The mosque is an excellent example of modern Islamic architecture, with minarets, arches and intricately carved and sculpted detail. Recommended for its educational value and cultural significance.

  • Visit the Dubai Mall – one of the largest shopping centers in the world with more than 1,300 stores

  • Jumeirah Beach – Calm turquoise waters, white sand, children’s playground, plenty of barbeque and picnic areas, and water activities. 

  • Dubai Museum – Displays a glimpse at where the great city has been, and it’s going.

  • View Dubai Fountain – Just outside the Dubai Mall, the fountain features nightly shows to western and eastern music.

Memorable Meals

  • An Italian evening meal under the stars at the beachside Bussola

  • A spread of Lebanese meze at Bastakiah Nights, in one of the oldest buildings in town

  • A seafood feast in the glow of the Burj Al Arab at Pierchic

  • A dinner cruise on the elegant glass-crafted vessel Bateaux Dubai 

Must-Have Experiences

  • Desert Conservation Reserve – The national park allows you to experience sandboarding, archery, dune driving on a luxury 4-wheeler, and camel rides.

  • Wild Wadi Water Park – 30 water rides and play areas for all ages

  • Ski Dubai – Indoor winter wonderland that has 5 ski runs, a snowboard lane, chairlift, and more.

 

Especially for Kids

  • The Palm's Aquaventure 

  • Wild Wadi Water Park

  • Riding go-karts at Dubai Autodrome

  • Cycling around Creekside Park

  • Ski Dubai snow center at The Mall of the Emirates