Averages for dubai in August

Weather lowdown

Dubai, located in the Arabian Desert on the Persian Gulf Coast, experiences year round warm and dry weather, with the summer months being particularly hot and windy. This desert climate, as well as the stunning beaches and blue seas, is a major selling point for the emirate.

August is one of the two hottest months in Dubai, and temperatures above 40 degrees Cel...

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Weather lowdown

Dubai, located in the Arabian Desert on the Persian Gulf Coast, experiences year round warm and dry weather, with the summer months being particularly hot and windy. This desert climate, as well as the stunning beaches and blue seas, is a major selling point for the emirate.

August is one of the two hottest months in Dubai, and temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius are considered normal. Visitors at this time of year are unlikely to see temperatures dip much below the 30 degree mark. There is practically no rainfall during August, and the humidity and UV levels are extreme.

In Dubai the warm season lasts from May 18th up until September 25th, with an average daily high temperature above 37°C.

August is characterized by gradually falling daily high temperatures, compared to July, with daily highs around 40°C throughout the month, on occasions exceeding 44°C and dropping below 37°C, only one day in ten! The highest temperature recorded in recent years in August was a blistering 48.7°C, while the coolest was 23.1°C, which is still nothing to complain about.

As the summer is gradually coming to a close, the length of day is slowly decreasing. The shortest day of the month is August 31st with 12:39 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day is predicted to be August 1st with 13:18 hours of daylight.

Cloud cover at this time of year is extremely low. On average the median cloud cover is a clear 4% and does not vary substantially over the month. An example day would be August 16th, where the sky is clear or mostly clear 74% of the time and only partly cloudy 5% of the time.

Throughout the year precipitation is very low in Dubai, however in August it is exceptionally rare. The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed on any given day throughout the month is only 1%! The wettest month of year is actually February, with an average of 40mm of rainfall throughout the month.

Humidity at this time of year is rather high ranging from a comfortable 30% to a very humid 89% over the course of a typical August, and rarely dropping below 15% or as high as 100%. On average, the air is driest around August 9th, at which time the relative humidity drops below a comfortable 38% three days out of four, while it is predicted to be most humid around August 31st, where humidity levels can rise above 76% three days out of four. On average the most humid months are December, January and February where humidity levels in Dubai can reach 65%. Whilst the least humid month is predicted to be May where humidity levels hover around a comfortable 50%.

Furthermore, the dew point is often a better way to measure how comfortable you will find the weather as it relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin. Over the course of August, the dew point varies from a mildly humid 17°C to a very oppressive 27°C.

Wind levels at this time of year are very low. Over the course of August the average wind speeds vary from 1 m/s to 7 m/s, which is considered as a light to moderate breeze, hardly ever exceeding 9 m/s. 

August sees the highest water temperatures of the year at a warm 33°C on average, so this is the perfect month to hit the beach and have a dip in the sea.

  • Dubai in August

Dubai in August

Things to do

While staying in Dubai you must visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest manmade structure in the world at 829.84 metres. This breathtaking skyscraper opened in 2010, after six years of construction and is located in Downtown Dubai. The tower is the centre of an exclusive business and shopping district, which contains other significant buildings and markets such as the Dubai Mall, the Gold Souk and Souk Al Bahar.

Another place worth a visit is the renowned seven-star hotel the Burj Al Arab. The building itself is one of the most photographed monuments in the world and it is recognized throughout the globe as the symbol of Dubai. The shape of the building was designed to mimic the sail of a dhow (a traditional sailing vessel).

Dubai is all about luxury and breaking barriers when it comes to architecture and development. Palm Island also known as Jumeirah Palm Island is one of the most ambitious real-estate developments on earth. This man made set of islands, made into the shape of a palm tree have been heralded as the eight wonder of the world as it can be seen all the way from space! Palm Island features a number of hotels, villas, apartments, marinas, beaches, restaurants and exclusive retail outlets.

The World is another set of archipelago islands. These set of islands were made to look like the world map, but on a so-called "miniature" scale. If you can afford it, can you been buy one of these islands for yourself! 

  • World Islands and Palm Island, Dubai

World Islands and Palm Island, Dubai

Dates for the diary

There are not many events taking place in August, however there are a number of significant sporting events coming to Dubai during this month.

From August 1st until the end of the month is the continuation of the Dubai Sports World at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Dubai World Trade Centre. This popular event includes indoor sports for all the family including football, rugby, basketball, badminton, volleyball, table tennis and more!

From August 8th until August 16th the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men comes to the Hamdan Sports Complex. This is a bi-annual basketball tournament that only began in 2010 which features some of the most skilled junior teams in the world.

Furthermore, the FINA Swimming World Cup will also be held at the Hamdan Sports Complex from August 31st until September 1st. This event is part of the competitive swimming series for FINA member countries. Races consist of short course swimming meets. It is also worth knowing that preliminaries are held in the morning while the finals continue at night.

  • FINA Swimming World Cup

FINA Swimming World Cup

Where to eat & drink

The luxurious Bateaux Dubai dinner cruise is located opposite the British Embassy on the Dubai Creek. This romantic cruise offers freshly prepared international gourmet cuisine and an extensive selection of beverages.

Another renowned restaurant worth a try is the Pierchic at Madinat Jumeirah. This fine dining restaurant offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the world famous Burj Al Arab and the Madinat Jumeirah resort. 

However, if these dining options sound too relaxed and quiet for you why not head to one of Dubai's many nightclubs on offer. Trilogy is a large nightclub that hosts fantastic international DJs on a weekly basis, playing the latest tracks in the chart. The club also features an outdoor garden area and two dancing rooms to choose from. 

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. 

  • Nightlife in Dubai

Nightlife in Dubai

Hit the beach

One of the best beaches in Dubai is the Jumeirah Public Beach. There is no better beach for those who want to sunbathe in a large, clean, open area, but those who are after spectacular views across the sea may be disappointed by obstructions from nearby skyscrapers and cruise liners.

Just down the coast from Jumeirah Beach is the WildWadiwater park. This Arabian-themed venue boasts many rides and adventures including Breaker's Bay, the largest wave pool in the Middle East and Wipeout Flowrider which is the first artificial barrelling wave in the world.

Al Mamzar Beach Park covers an area of 106 hectares and has even been awarded Blue Flag Beach status, making it one of the most desirable places to visit in Dubai. The area compromises of five beaches, which all contain sheltered areas, changing rooms, showers and rentable chalets. 

While swimming costumes are perfectly acceptable to wear on the beach and in the water park, it is important to respect the Middle Eastern culture. It is therefore best to avoid skimpy bikinis or going topless.

Where to stay

The Mercure Gold Hotel at Al Mina Road is a family-friendly hotel located close to Dubai Zoo and Jumeirah Mosque. This luxurious hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, health club, two restaurants, a bar and lounge and public areas equipped with wireless internet access.

On the other hand you could finish the day off with a Philippines-inspired buffet at the Fiestang Pinoy Restaurant located in the LandmarkGrandHotel. Rooms here cost just £55 per night including access to the gym, jacuzzi and on-site swimming pool, as well as airport and beach transfers.

The five-star Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort is located on the popular Jumeirah Beach, with access to Sheikh Zayed Road. This hotel is situated in the middle of a wealth of facilities and activities inlcuding an outdoor shopping venue, boutqiues and fine dining restaurants. The hotel offers a health club and spa, complete with a private sandy beach and outdoor swimming pools.

The Grand Hyatt Dubai is another five-star hotel, located nearby to the Mall of the Emirates and the Dubai World Trade Centre. This hotel features both indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a steam room and sauna. 

  • Beach in Dubai

Beach in Dubai

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