Best Things to Do in Dubai in Summer

Dubai in summer gets hot – like really, really hot! While I would avoid traveling to Dubai between April and October, there are some people who actually love summer and heat, extreme heat.

So, if you are one of those, or just happen to be in Dubai in summer for another reason, you need to figure out what to do.

Many activities are not run in summer, and some restaurants are closed, but there are still some great things to do. Here are my top tips for activities in the summer for Dubai.

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Before mentioning the best things to do, here are some tips on what to pack for a summer vacation in Dubai and some more tips for your trip to Dubai in the summer:

DUBAI SUMMER TRAVEL TIPS

Weather

Dubai only has two seasons – summer and winter. So, basically, this means hot and warm to hottish.

Summer starts in the beginning/mid of April and lasts until the end of October. So, April is hot, May is even hotter, June gets crazy, July and August are unbearably hot, September gets a bit colder but is still hot and October is the start of a better time – though it is still hot.

During this time it gets really hot – in June it can get 40 degrees Celcius – with no wind and hardly any rain. In July and August, the average temperature is above 40 degrees Celcius.

It does cool down after the sun sets but you can expect around 30 degrees Celcius during the night.

The ocean is also quite warm – and many consider it too hot to swim.

It starts getting cooler in September but the temperature is still almost at 40 degrees Celcius – it gets better in October but some restaurants and places are still closed (like the Miracle Garden) as it is still hot (around 35 degrees Celcius).

While I am always up for a good walk and long strolls, the summer months are not great to walk a lot – Dubai´s streets do not offer loads of shadow and walking is a terrible option to get around (and so is getting around by bike). Unfortunately, taxis are the best way to get around as they have AC and you do not have to rub shoulders with many others as you have in the metro.

However, the metros and the metro station are quite cold and perfect to cool down if needed.

Hotel prices drop in the summer – and you can find great bargains. If you want to experience the amazing hotels in Dubai – then summer is the time to visit (just make sure, the hotel has at least one pool).

Drink water – a lot as being hydrated is one of the most important aspects to stay healthy in the summer months.

What to Pack for a Summer Vacation in Dubai

I recommend buying these things in advance – so you do not waste much time in Dubai buying them (and Dubai is normally more expensive than the US, or Germany).

Sunscreen and more sunscreen

Little umbrella – not to protect you from the rain, but from the sun

Portable fan 

Hat

Sun Glasses

Wet Wipes

Bright clothes, ideally covering your whole body (no, less clothes in summer do not mean less heat; just pack airy and bright clothes).

Make sure to drink plenty of waters (alcohol in summer is not the best idea) – so you stay healthy!

Click here to find my complete packing list for Dubai

Where to Stay in the Summer

I highly recommend staying in a hotel that has some indoor attractions and some pools – and a nice spa area.

The 5-star luxury Atlantis – the Palm is perfect for a summer vacation in Dubai. Check out rates here.

The Ritz-Carlton at JBR – The Walk has a great location. Click here to find out more.

Summer Activities in Dubai

Okay, after reading all about the heat in the summer months you might be wondering “what to do in Dubai in the summer months then?” Here they are, the best tips for what to do in Dubai in summer.

Spend Time in Shopping Malls

While some might roll their eyes, the truth is that the shopping malls are like heaven on a really hot day.

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They are normally very well air-conditioned, so you can finally do all the mall sightseeing that you would not do in nicer weather (feeling that it would be a waste of time that would be better spent outdoors).

In the summer, there are also some good deals – so, you can kill two birds with a stone, so whether you are in Dubai in April, May, June, July, August, September, or October -this is one of the best places to visit in Dubai during summer. Some of the most popular places are the popular malls – e.g. Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates.

Go Ice Skating

Ice skating is not just for those living in cold countries, where lakes are frozen and people can enjoy a day at the ice rink. It is also a great place to spend a summer day in a hot country, like the United Arab Emirates.

Skating is a cold and perfect summer activity in Dubai for a hot summer day. Ice Dubai is a fun place for the whole family. Whether you ride the snow bullet (it is an indoor zip line that rushes you along the ice-skating hall, 16 meters in the air), or take ski lessons, or meet the penguins, there are worse places to be in the summer.

You can find the ice skating rink inside Dubai Mall – check out prices for Dubai Ice Rink here.

Hit the Beach And Do Water Sports

Whenever you can, head to the beach – not to get a tan and burn in the sun, but to cool down – kind off of coolong down.

Not all water activities will be offered throughout the summer (after all, there are not many tourists and a lot of locals escape the heat, too, and head to places like Switzerland), but there are fly-boarding and jet-skiing activities.

While I mentioned before that I do not recommend spending a day at the beach in the summer, it is actually a good idea if you rent one of the cabanas, which protect you from the sun (but not from the heat).

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The beaches are quite empty, so you do not have to share them with too many others – just make sure to have an umbrella and sunscreen with you.

And do not expect to be cooled down in the water. Consider your time in the water as a whirlpool experience – just without the whirl. It gets up to 35 degrees Celsius just in the water, so it is more like a steam bath. It is probably not the best place to visit in late June, July, and August though (unless you really like heat!).

Relax at the Pool

The good thing about summer in Dubai is… the prices for accommodations drop. As you might be aware, Dubai´s hotel prices are extremely expensive. Seriously, this is not fun. But summertime means fewer people and way cheaper rates.

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So, you can book a place with a great pool (or better yet, with many great pools) and spend your days by the water.

Ask the service people to bring all available umbrellas to your lounge so you are protected from the sun and then just enjoy a day at the pool. Here is my full Dubai accommodation guide with the best areas to stay in Dubai.

Click here to find the best rates for your stay in Dubai

Do a Speedboat Tour

While I could spend hours on a boat each day, the truth is that the breeze of a normal boat will probably not be enough when you are in Dubai in July or August.

For the coolest boat tour experience with a lot of fresh breezes, I recommend a speedboat tour. You won’t feel the heat too much, and you also get to do some sightseeing – so it is actually 2 for 1!

What else could you ask for? Well, you probably want to find out more about the tour and the prices – click here to find out more.

Visit a Water Park

Dubai has some pretty good water parks – namely Aquaventure at Atlantis – The Palm Hotel and Wild Wadi Water Park which belongs to the Jumeirah Group and is located just in front of Burj al Arab.

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Both are fun and great places to visit – in summer and winter. The water is chilled, so you will get some refreshing time in the water. There are many slides and different pools, so you will enjoy even as an adult.

There are cabanas or sunbeds with umbrellas – just make sure to bring your suncream and everything your need as items are sold to expensive prices at the shops there.

Find out about prices for Aquaventure Atlantis.

Have a Drink at the Ice Lounge

Ice bars are popping up in many parts of the world, and Dubai has gotten its first chill out ice lounge (actually, it is the only one in the Middle East), named Time Out.

If you are looking for a really, really cool place, then have a drink in this interesting bar. If you do not have thermal clothes with you, don’t worry. You will be provided with some, so you can still enjoy the negative temperatures.

Get the tickets for the Ice Lounge here.

Explore Hotels

Dubai has some of the most amazing hotels in the world. If you seized the chance and booked a luxury hotel for a fraction of what you would have had to pay during the high season, you can experience it firsthand.

Where to stay in Dubai for all budgets - Atlantis
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However, if you do not book a luxury hotel, you can do hotel sightseeing.  The hotels are very well air-conditioned, so there is no sweating – apart from the trip from the taxi to the hotel.

Most of the hotels can be checked out even if you do not stay there – the exception is Burj al Arab, where you need a written reservation confirmation.

I often go to one of the restaurants for lunch/dinner if I do not stay there overnight, but I like to check out new hotels. While I use the chance to do some work in the restaurants (blogger stuff), you can just stroll along – the top-notch hotels in Dubai are really impressive. 

Go Skiing

One of the best summer activities in Dubai is to do a winter activity.

You can ice skate but did you know you can also ski in Dubai? Yes, as often some of the great places the ski hall is located in the mall and if it is too hot outside just head to the Mall of Emirates and get a day ticket to spend a day at the in the air-conditioned ski hall.

Whether you take skiing lessons, rolling down the Giant Ball run, sliding down with tube slides – there is, even more, to do there.  There is even a chairlift – so it feels a bit like skiing outdoors 🙂 While I would not do it myself in the winter months in Dubai, this is a nice place to spend time in the summer months in Dubai. Find out more about packages and rates here.

Looking for more ideas on things to do throughout the year? Read my tips for  50 things to do in Dubai

Wondering about things NOT to do in Dubai? Click here to find out more.

Safe Travels, Arzo
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