dubai: April Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||10 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||81 %|
|Rainfall days||2 days|
|Chance of Rain||8 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||6 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||10 %|
Averages for dubai in April
Dubai, one of seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates, is a popular holiday destination. Dubai boasts some of the world’s tallest and most intricately designed buildings, housed amongst traditional Islamic architecture and Arabic history.
Although Dubai is hot year round, April is when temperatures really start to spike. They rise to between 19 and 32 degrees Celsius, the humidity increase,s meaning some visitors may begin to feel a little uncomfortable in the conditions and the UV levels rocket so it’s important to take care in the sun. Rainfall is a low 0.3 inches.
The highest temperature which has been recorded in April in recent years was 40°C, it is also unlikely for temperatures to drop below 20°C. April is mainly characterized by rising daily high temperatures and if you were to travel to Dubai in the summer months it is likely you would experience daily average temperatures in the high 30’s.
The sunshine hours in April are gradually starting to increase to 10 hours, compared to nine hours in March. Overall, the length of day is increasing too, the longest day falls on April 30th, with 13:05 hours of daylight, whilst the shortest day of the month is April 1st with 12:25 hours of daylight.
During April the median cloud cover ranges from a clear 6% to a mostly clear 18%. April 30th is usually the clearest day of the month, when the sky is predicted to be clear, mostly clear or partly cloudy 74% of the time. April 1st is usually the cloudiest day of the month, where the sky is predicted to be overcast, mostly cloudy or partly cloudy 22% of the time.
On April 18th in 2008 a severe sandstorm hit Dubai causing reduced visibility up to 1,500 metres. Motorists across the region faced hazardous driving conditions, however flights in and out of the UAE were not disrupted. Sandstorms in Dubai are usually caused by strong north-westerly winds blowing from Saudi Arabia.
Precipitation at this time of year in Dubai is highly unlikely. On average April only sees 10mm of rainfall over just two days, compared to December which is slightly higher at 20mm over four days. The probability that precipitation will be observed in Dubai varies throughout the month. Rain is most likely on April 1st, when it is 13% likely, whilst precipitation is least likely around April 30th at 5%. Throughout the month, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, thunderstorms and light rain.
- Dubai in April
Humidity levels are gradually starting to decrease in April, the typical humidity levels range from a dry 26% to a very humid 89%. Over the course of a typical April humidity levels rarely drop below 12%. The air is usually driest around April 30th, at which time the relative humidity drops below a comfortable 35% three days of out of four, on the other hand the most humid day is around April 1st, where humidity levels can rise above an uncomfortable 81%.
Throughout April typical wind speeds vary from 1m/s to 7 m/s, considered as a light to moderate breeze, rarely exceeding 10 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s occurs around April 3rd, at which time the average maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. At this time of year wind is most often coming from a southern direction 16% of the time.
Things to do
To really experience the true Dubai, travellers should experience both the old and the new aspects of the emirate. For the old, head over to the Jumeirah Mosque. This mosque is the largest in Dubai and is also one of the most photographed sites in all of the UAE thanks to its spectacular traditional Islamic architecture. Tours for non-muslims are conducted every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10am, but make sure to come back in the evening to see the building lit up.
No trip to Dubai is complete without visiting the world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa. At over 828 metres tall and more than 160 stories the Burj Khalifa offers panoramic views over the rest of Downtown Dubai. Make sure to check out the exhibit of the building’s history and then take the fastest life in the world.
After visiting the world’s tallest building you could go for a boat ride along the stunning Dubai Creek. The Creek is one of Dubai’s oldest and most peaceful areas. For just £10 you can ride along on a traditional private abra boat and watch the sunset or listen to an evening call to prayer singing out across from the local mosques.
To escape the heat, make sure to visit one of the world’s largest shopping malls the Dubai Mall. This 20-billion-dollar complex offers over 1000 shops to choose from, selling anything from fashion and leather accessories to musical instruments. Other facilities at the shopping centre include a number of restaurants, an aquarium, ice rink and a cinema featuring 22 screens.
- Burj Khalifa
Dates for the diary
On April 1st the Dubai International Garden Competition comes to Downtown Dubai, near the Burj Khalifa. Thirteen landscapers from around the world will compete to give Dubai a “green makeover.” The winning designs will then be put in place in Dubai and the surrounding area.
If you’re getting married you may be interested in the Bridal Show taking place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Dubai World Trade Centre from April 2nd until April 5th. This enormous bridal exhibition will display the latest trends in fashion and beauty. In addition to wedding attire, there will be jewellery exhibits and a VIP lounge. However, children under 12 will not be admitted.
For something completely different head to the Dubai Camel Racing Festival from April 6th to April 17th at the Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, Dubai Al Ain Road. The organizers of this event hop to bring back the love of ancient traditions and spirit. Nothing says that better than camel racing in the Middle East.
From April 9th the Julius Baer Beach Polo Cup takes place at the Palm, Jumeriah for three days. At this event international polo players will vie to win the coveted Beach Polo Cup.
Furthermore, the 1st Dubai International Open Water Swimming Championships will be held from April 18th until April 19th. This is the first competitive swimming competition in the Emirates. Promoters hope to make Dubai a venue for international competitive swimming. Several international and national swim teams will compete at this two-day event
On April 26th the prestigious Dubai Desert Road Run will take place at the Sevens Stadium. There will be several races over the course of the year for runners. This race includes a 10km race for adults and those over 14 years old. There will also be a 3km junior race for 6 – 18 year olds and a 3km untimed race just for fun.
- Dubai Camel Racing
Where to eat & drink
The Arabian Tea House is a delightful little eatery located in the courtyard of an old wind-tower in Dubai’s Persian quarter. This place specialises in salads, sandwiches, wraps and freshly squeezed juices. This café is great value and a superb place to waste away an hour or two.
The Pierchic is a stylish open-plan restaurant located at the Madinat Jumeirah. This restaurant serves gourmet seafood, including freshly caught oysters and crab risotto. This place also overlooks the stunning Burj Al Arab hotel.
Trilogy is a large nightclub that hosts fantastic international DJs on a weekly basis. The club also boasts an outdoor garden area and two dancing rooms. This is one of the best places in Dubai to hear modern music. However if you want somewhere a bit more exclusive head to People by Crystal, located at the top of Raffles pyramid. This electric club offers flashing light shows, comfortable seating areas and live music acts.
- Dubai Nightlife
Hit the beach
The Quay Healthclub offers 2km of pristine golden sand, with stunning views of the world’s first 7-star hotel the Burj Al Arab. The Quay Club is rather pricey but you are granted access to two swimming pools, towels, free kids’ beach toys, a beach butler service and a delicious restaurant and bar serving drinks and snacks throughout the day. This beach is very popular; so if you want to bag a sun bed make sure to arrive early.
On the other hand Club Joumama is a quieter option, located just 15 minutes away from the Dubai Marina. This beach club offers a long stretch of fine sand and three swimming pools to choose from. There are plenty of sun loungers available here, however, you must arrive early to guarantee a place as the hotel visitors take up a majority of the loungers on offer.
Al Mamzar Beach Park is divided into five large beaches, offering soft clean sand and crystal clear waters. The area around here is superb for snorkeling and there are a number of barbecue areas dotted around the park if you want to grab something to eat.
Many beaches in Dubai are privately owned so if you don’t want to pay Jumeirah Open Beach is a safe option. This beach was formerly known as Russian Beach and is popular for joggers, cyclists and rollerblades who use the 1.8km promenade. There are several small tuck shops along the beach serving cheap snacks, drinks and even towels, as well as lifeguard posts.
Where to stay
Dar Al Masyaf at Madinat Jumeirah are a set of five-star summer houses that are a luxurious interpretation of authentic Arabia. The houses are accessible by private waterways and paths that wind through landscaped gardens. It is here where you’ll experience the height of luxury! Facilities at this holiday complex include restaurants, the Talise Spa, tennis, squash and a state-of-the-art gym.
The three-star Premier Inn Dubai Silicon Oasis is one of the cheapest options available in Dubai. This comfortable hotel offers a rooftop pool and gym, free Wi-Fi and a free daily shuttle service to the local beach, city centre and various shopping malls. All of the rooms at the Premier Inn are air-conditioned and come with a 32-inch flat-screen TV and work desk.
The Winchester Grand Hotel Apartments is a four-star aparthotel located in the centre of Dubai, close to the Beach, the Grand Mosque and the Dubai Museum. The apartments feature an outdoor swimming pool, kitchenettes and complimentary Wi-Fi.
For a stark contrast, visitors should check out the Burj Al Arab Hotel, a building designed to replicate the sails of traditional Arabian dhows but on a much larger scale; the hotel stands at 321 metres high. Make sure to pop inside, too, as the interior incorporates an ‘Arabian fantasy’ theme with bright colours and interesting shapes.
Prices for rooms at this hotel are sky high, starting at around £300 per night. If this is a bit much much for the holiday budget, why not stick around for a drink at the 200 metre high Skyview Bar before heading to bed at the nearby Corp Executive Hotel Apartments which offer accommodation at the far more affordable price of £60 per night with use of the outdoor rooftop pool, sauna and jacuzzi.
- Dubai Beach