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DUBAI - WHEN TO GO

October through April

Dubai experiences two seasons: hot and hotter. Temperatures range from the upper 70s to the low 90s. A few rain drizzles may be expected here and there, but they are rare and short-lived. This is the high season when sun-seekers from around the globe flock to the Persian Gulf`s white sands and desirable weather. It is recommended hotel reservations be made in advance to ensure availability.

May through September

During these months the city`s temperatures rarely drop below 100 degrees. Although rainfall is scarce, humidity levels remain in the 90% range. Outdoor activities in weather like this can be unbearable and even dangerous. It is advised to stay away from the mid-day sun, wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water in order to avoid heat stroke. Visitors who know they will be mainly indoors during these summer months should be able to manage the extreme heat. Hotel rates will generally be lower than they are during the high season, but not by a significant amount.

Ramadan

Ramadan is the 9th and holiest month in the Islamic calendar and lasts 29 - 30 days. Muslims fast every day for its duration and most restaurants will be closed until the fast breaks at dusk. Nothing (including water and cigarettes) is supposed to pass through the lips from dawn to sunset. Non-Muslims are exempt from this, but should still refrain from eating or drinking in public as this is considered very impolite. Working hours are decreased as well in the corporate world. Exact dates of Ramadan depend on local astronomical observations and may vary somewhat from country to country. Ramadan concludes with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which may last several days, usually three in most countries.

Estimated dates for Ramadan for the next four years - 27 May - 24 June 2017 - 6 May - 14 June 2018 - 6 May - 3 June 2019 - 24 April - 23 May 2020 - 13 April - 12 May 2021