UAE climate guide

Read our complete guide to the climate in the UAE.

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Below are average maximum temperatures at popular destinations in the UAE for next month - May. Select a destination to see the climate guide for all months of the year.

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The climate guide for UAE (Dubai) shows long term monthly weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia), the Met Office & the Netherlands Meteorological Institute. Find out more about our data sources.

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United Arab Emirates climate overview

The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the southern coast of the Persian Gulf between Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Created in 1971 from what were the Trucial States under British rule, the UAE now boasts an affluent petro-economy, which has been diversifying into tourism.

The Arabian Gulf coast is blessed with white sand and warm sea. An increasing number of luxury hotels offer carefully manicured beaches with palm trees but plenty of wilder, deserted shoreline still exists.

The bright lights of downtown Dubai, UAE © Ilirjan Rrumbullaku - Flickr Creative Commons
The bright lights of downtown Dubai, UAE © Ilirjan Rrumbullaku - Flickr Creative Commons

All the major cities lie along the coast, which is dry, sunny, and hot during the summer with high humidity making it feel oppressive. Winters are warm or hot with occasional showers between November and March. Due to the thick haze that plagues the coast, blue skies can often appear white.

Further inland the sparse scrub vegetation gives way to undulating dunes of yellow sand that becomes orange and eventually red at the heart of the Empty Quarter bordering Saudi Arabia.

The desert here is very accessible with a tarmac road cutting a swathe through even the highest and most impressive dunes, found towards Liwa. The desert is sunny and very hot by day but cool at night, even cold during winter nights. Rainfall is non-existent in summer, and quite rare in winter.

In the East the Hajar Mountains run down the coast towards Oman, a barren and desolate backdrop, which supports little or no vegetation despite frequent afternoon summer showers. Their imposing bleakness is spectacular in itself.

Dubai has become the glitzy tourist hub of the Middle East with a proliferation of futuristic buildings making for a unique and bizarre skyline.

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