dubai: February Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||64 %|
|Rainfall days||4 days|
|Chance of Rain||7 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||5 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||15 %|
Averages for dubai in February
The second largest, and most densely populated of the United Arab Emirates is Dubai. It’s also one of the most multicultural areas, with many Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, American and European residents. Dubai enjoys a hot desert climate and provides white sandy beaches coupled with modern and unique sightseeing opportunities.
March brings temperatures ranging from 17 to 28 degrees Celsius in Dubai, with only a half inch of rain expected during the entire month. UV is high so sunscreen is advisable and the humidity increases slightly from previous months, but shouldn’t cause too much, if any, discomfort.
Dubai has a hot desert climate, the month of February is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, where it is very possible that temperatures can exceed the 30°C mark. However, it is possible for temperatures to fall below 12°C on rare occasions. If you want to visit Dubai when it is slightly cooler, January may be a better option when temperatures average out at 19°C to 20°C.
During February the amount of sunshine hours stay the same as December and January at eight hours in total. However, the length of day is starting to gradually increase. The longest day of the month is February 29th with 11:37 hours of daylight, whilst the shortest day of the month in February 2nd with 11:01 hours of daylight.
The skies are usually very clear in February, when median cloud cover is at a mostly clear 25%, which does not vary substantially over the course of the month. February 15th is predicted to be the clearest day of the month, when the sky is clear or mostly clear 57% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will form in Dubai during February is only 16% likely, with little variation over the course of the month. On average 40mm of rainfall is likely to fall spread over just four days, compared to January when 10mm of rainfall is predicted, spread over just six days. The most likely form of precipitation at this time of year is moderate rain; it is most likely to fall around February 27th.
- Dubai Beach
In February humidity levels are relatively comfortable in Dubai. The relative humidity typically ranges from a comfortable 40% to a very humid 92% over the course of a typical February, rarely dropping below a dry 21%. The air is usually driest around February 29th, at which time the relative humidity drops below a mildly humid 50% three days out of four. The most humid time is predicted to be around February 28th, where humidity levels can rise above a very humid 86% three days out of four.
Over the course of February, the dew point varies from a dry 8°C to a comfortable 16°C, rarely dropping below 3°C or exceeding 19°C. The time of the month between February 1st and February 29th is one of the most comfortable times of the year, with dew points neither too dry nor too muggy.
Typical wind speeds in February vary from 1 m/s to 6 m/s, which is considered as a light to moderate breeze, rarely ever exceeding 9 m/s. The highest average wind speed is likely to occur around February 22nd at 4 m/s, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is a moderate 6 m/s.
On February 26th 2012, strong sandstorms raged across the UAE, closing off roads in Dubai and even causing flight delays in some UAE airports. Sandstorms occasionally occur in Dubai as it is located in the middle of the desert. They are usually caused by strong north-westerly winds blowing over from Saudi Arabia which pick up sand along the way, usually they are not harmful but can last up to several days and reduce visibility.
If you fancy going for a dip the sea temperature in February is pleasantly warm at 21°C, however this is significantly colder compared to August where sea temperatures can exceed 33°C!
February is a superb time of year to visit Dubai, as even though the temperatures are getting warmer, it is a lot more comfortable than visiting in the peak of the summer where temperatures can reach the mid 40’s!
Things to do
Dubai is an Arabic country and as such it holds a lot of history, tradition and custom that is largely unknown to foreign tourists. To understand more about the area, a trip to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding is recommended. The centre strives to educate non-muslims on the religious and cultural aspects of the United Arab Emirates and offers cultural breakfasts and lunches which can be arranged in advance online. These sessions cost between £10 - £13 per person.
For an up close and personal glimpse into Dubai’s rich history, be sure to visit the Al Ahmadiya School and Heritage House. The school was opened in 1912 and became famous throughout the UAE for being Dubai’s first educational establishment. Behind the school is the founder’s old home which, along with the school building, has been renovated to allow visitors to understand life in Dubai before the modern advancements and architecture seen today. Admission is free and the air conditioning makes it a great place to cool off.
When in Dubai one thing you must do is visit the World Islands, which are a collection of 300 artificial archipelagos constructed from sand dredged from Dubai’s coastal waters. As the name suggests the islands were built to look like the world map. If you’re a wealthy millionaire there is the possibility to purchase one of these islands, but it would set you back at least $28.6million.
As you are basically in the desert you should definitely go on a jeep safari tour. Desert Safari Dubai offers several excursions to choose from, which can last anything from up to two to six hours depending on your price range.
- Jeep Safari Dubai
Dates for the diary
The Dubai World Cup Carnival is held at the Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse at Nad Al Sheba from February 27th until March 29th. This is the grand finale of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, consisting of 11 competitive horse races.
The 1st of February is the last day of the Dubai Shopping Festival so make sure to bag any of those last remaining savings. This is a month-long shopping extravangza which began in 1996. Discounts are available in some stores up to 75%. Other activities include music, raffles and children’s events.
There are a quite a few major sporting events taking place in Dubai in February. From February 12th until February 15th the Omega Dubai Desert Classic goes underway. This is a professional gold tournament that has been part of the European Tour Schedule since 1989 and attracts world-class players including Rory McIlroy and Stephen Gallacher. Another event to look out for is the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which takes place from February 16th until the 28th. This event includes players from across the globe such as Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.
On the other hand music lovers will adore the Dubai International Jazz Festival. This is a world-class music festival featuring international artists in several musical genres including blues, swing, contemporary, fusion, rock and more.
- Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Where to eat & drink
Over the last couple of years Dubai has made a name for itself in the restaurant industry.
Nobu is renowned across the globe for its mouthwatering Japanese cuisine, by using both modern and traditional Asian elements, with Arabian influences. Even though this eatery is rather pricey it is the perfect place to come to on a special occasion.
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit more affordable you must try Massimo’s Italian Restaurant located in the heart of Dubai’s marina. This restaurant often has many discounts on offer including 50% off lunch on certain days of the week.
For a relaxed night out make sure to head to the Jetty Lounge, this place has won the Best Outdoor Bar award for two years running and can be found on top of the One & Only Royal Mirage.
Another option would be the highly popular Bliss Lounge, situated at the far end of The Walk at JBR. This nightclub hosts themed weekly club nights, which channel some of the finest tunes out at the moment.
- Japanese cuisine in Dubai
Hit the beach
As Dubai has a hot and arid desert climate during a majority of the year a great way to cool off is by heading to the beach and taking a dip in the sea. Sea temperatures at this time of year are an inviting 21°C.
Jebel Ali Beach stretches out over 10 kilometers. This golden sand beach is one of the quietest in Dubai and is very popular among water sports enthusiasts, including kite surfers who want to escape the crowds. This beach is also frequented by campers and is the perfect location to enjoy a game of football or flying a kite.
Al-Mamzar Beach Park is another relatively quiet beach that is made up of four artificial beaches with swimming zones, garden lawns, picnic areas, two swimming pools and various restaurants to choose from. There is also a long promenade, which is perfect for a romantic walk and cycling.
Jumeira Beach is Dubai’s most famous beach found 30 minutes away from the city centre. This area offers a breathtaking view of the world famous Burj Al Arab and is ideal for small children as the waters around here are very shallow.
Where to stay
The 4* Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa is located in the old quarter of Dubai amongst many historical and cultural sites. Rooms costs as little as £50 per night and the on-site English-themed pub, the Sherlock Holmes, is great for those feeling a little homesick!
For a holiday with a difference why not book a romantic getaway to the world’s only 7-star hotel – the Burj Al Arab. This distinctive sail-shaped hotel is the symbol of Dubai and offers an unforgettable holiday. Facilities at this exclusive hotel include a private butler service, unlimited access to the Wild Wadi Water Park, an open-air swimming pool, and even the possibility to rent out a Lamborghini for the day! Furthermore, all guests will be offered a golden Ipad upon check-in.
If you’re looking for something a little more affordable the four-star Lotus Hotel located opposite Al Ghurair Shopping Mall, which is also within walking distance to the Union Metro Station. This hotel features a fitness centre, restaurant, bar, lounge and swimming pool.
The Ewa Hotel is an elegant urban hotel located down Al-Khaleej Road. The hotel is within close proximity to many of Dubai’s top attractions including the Dubai Heritage Museum and that famous Spice Souk. The hotel offers roof top swimming pool, a restaurant, underground parking and satellite TVs in every room.
- Dubai Beach