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When to go

With a calendar chock full of events from the Dubai Rugby 7evens to the Food Festival, you’ll be guaranteed a vast range of things to see and do, regardless of when you visit.

If you’re after sun, sea and sand, spring and autumn are the optimum times to visit: temperatures are hot enough to top up your tan during the day, and cool down at night.

For budget travellers, summer months are the cheapest to visit, due to the sticky, sweltering heat. You’ll find some great deals – and remember that air-conditioning is a part of life in the Emirates; it’s rare to find a building without it.

Consider the activities you’ll do on your visit: if you want to ride a camel, learn to sand surf or explore the country, the 40 degree heat in the summer will make this impossible. To get the best experience out of your trip, spring and autumn are ideal in temperature, and welcome many international events to the country.

Dubai is an Islamic country, so many laws and social graces change during the month of Ramadan, so make sure you know exactly when this is, and what to avoid doing to ensure a pleasant stay.

You may choose to plan your stay around major international events and festivals:

January Dubai Shopping Festival
Dubai Marathon
Dubai Desert Classic
Dubai Show Jumping Championship
February Dubai Food Festival
Dubai Food Carnival
Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival
March Dubai World Cup
Dubai Festival of Lights
April Gulf Film Festival
Julius Baer Beach Polo
June Ramadan 2014: this date moves forwards 9 days each month, so check in advance before travelling, as usual routines are changed for locals and tourists
July Eid in Dubai
August Dubai Summer Surprises
October Eid in Dubai
November Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7evens
Dubai International Motor Show

Dates for festivals and events change slightly every year, so if you’re planning to see something, make sure you double-check when it’s due to be held!