Averages for dubai in March
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...
Averages for dubai in March
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.
As expected Dubai experiences a dry hot desert climate. The month of March is characterized by rising daily high temperatures with daily high temperatures increasing from 26°C to 30°C, compared to the summer season this is considerable cooler and more comfortable as in August temperatures can exceed 41°C. However, on some occasions in March temperatures can even exceed a sweltering 36°C.
During March, as spring is under way the sunshine hours are starting to increase to nine hours, up an hour from the months of January and February. Over the course of March, the length of day is gradually increasing. The longest day falls on March 31st with 12:24 hours of daylight, whilst the shortest day of the month is March 1st with 11:40 hours of daylight.
During March the median cloud cover ranges from a mostly clear 19% to 25%. Even though cloud cover over the course of the year is very low, the trend in March is for the sky to be clearing with the median cloud cover decreasing by 6% from the start to the end of the month.
Precipitation at this time of year is very low, with the average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day at just 15%, with very little variation over the course of the month. On average only 10mm of rainfall is expected throughout the month, spread across just six days. February is usually the month that experiences the most rainfall, however this is still low at 40mm, spread over just four days. If it does in fact rain, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, thunderstorms and light rain.
- Dubai in March
During March the relative humidity ranges from a comfortable 33% to a very humid 92%, rarely dropping below a very dry 14%. The air is usually driest around March 31st, at which time the relative humidity drops below 44% three days out of four. The most humid day is likely to fall around March 1st, where humidity levels may rise above 76% three days out of four. Furthermore, over the course of a typical March the dew point ranges from a dry 9°C to a mildly humid 18°C, rarely dropping below 2°C or exceeding 21°C. This means that between March 1st and March 31st the air is relatively comfortable with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of a typical March wind speeds vary from 1 m/s to 7 m/s, which is considered as a light to moderate breeze. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually occurs around March 21st, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. The lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s occurs around March 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. At this time of year the wind is most often coming from a southern direction.
Over recent years there have been a small number of sand storms occurring in March. On March 10th in 2009 a moderate sandstorm reached Dubai which obscured visibility and covered the streets in sand and dust. Furthermore, on march 2nd in 2010, strong winds again hit Dubai and other regions of the United Arab Emirates. Sand storms in this region are usually caused by strong north-westerly winds blowing from Saudi Arabia which carry sand from the desert.
The sea temperature in March is pleasantly warm at 22°C, which is warm enough to go for a swim. During the summer months sea temperatures can get quite hot, for example in August the water temperature can increase to a hot 33°C.
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.
Dolphin Bay located at Atlantis is one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated dolphin habitats in the world. Visitors can choose from an array of dolphin experiences suitable for all ages and swimming abilities. Interactions range from standing in shallow waters and petting the dolphins to swimming and scuba diving alongside these majestic creatures.
Adrenaline junkies will love Gravity Zone, a 50m bungee jump located opposite the Dubai Bowling Centre. Free falling may seem very nerve racking to some people, but once you try it you will never regret it! To be able to bungee jump you must be over the age of 14 and weigh no more than 217kg.
- Dolphin Bay
Dates for the diary
From March 1st until March 29th the continuation of the Dubai World Cup Carnival takes place at the Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse at Nad Al Sheba. This is the finale of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, consisting of 11 competitive horse races.
The Dubai International Boat Show is another exclusive event to look out for which takes place from March 4th until March 8th at the DIMC, Mina Seyahi. This 22nd exhibition is the largest in the whole region. A wealth of yachts, supercars, boat building supplies will be on display; both indoors and outdoors.
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is held from March 4th until March 8th. This huge literary festival is the largest of its kind in the Middle East. Authors from all parts of the world participate in readings, debates, workshops and the spoken word. There will be simultaneous translations between Arabic and English at each event.
Thirteen-time Grammy winner Eric Clapton will be performing live at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on March 6th 2014.
On March 7th round 7 of the UAE National Race Day will be held at the Dubai Autodrome. This auto race is one of the biggest events on the racing calendar in Dubai, it is also considered as a family-oriented event.
Furthermore, from March 7th until the 14th, the Golf Photo Plus Photography Event takes place at the Conference Centre in Dubai. At this prestigious event professional photographers and instructors meet with other professional and amateur photographers to share their knowledge. There are plenty of workshops, special events, exhibitions and more for the avid photographer.
March 8th will see the continuation of the Dubai World Cup Carnival at the Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse in Nad Al Sheba. The Dubai World Cup is the final of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, consisting of 11 competitive horse races.
Foodies will adore the Taste of Dubai Food Festival takes place from March 13th until March 15th at the Dubai Media City. This special event hosts a number of cooking classes given by world-class chefs (including some from the “Food Network”). There are also many restaurants, drinks suppliers and a host of interactive programs to enjoy.
On March 13th until March 25th the Art Week 2014 festival showcases a collaborative effort of schools, art organizations, and galleries. The main aim of the festival is to promote the UAE as a centre of the arts in the Middle East.
From March 20th until March 29th the Downtown Festival of Lights by Emaar takes place in Downtown Dubai. This is a 10day spectacle of lights and offers spectacular light shows throughout the downtown area. Admission is free to this event making it even more popular.
March 29th is the last day of the Dubai World Cup carnival, so make sure to come along to the Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse in Nad Al Sheba and see the winner of the Dubai World Cup Carnival.
- Dubai International Boat Show
Where to eat & drink
The Cheesecake Factory is a well-known chain of restaurants found across the world. In Dubai there is one located in the Dubai Mall, which serves an extensive menu catering to all tastes and ages. Make sure to finish off your meal with one of their signature cheesecakes including the Snickers bar chunks cheesecake or the ultimate red velvet cheesecake.
The Buddha Bar is one of Dubai’s most sought after venues, located inside the Grosvenor House Hotel. This restaurant and bar offers a mouthwatering menu inspired by the cuisines of Japan, Thailand and China, with fresh seasonal ingredients from Saudi Arabia.
The Bahri Bar is one of the best places in Dubai to catch a glimpse of the Arabian Gulf and the Burj Al Arab. This place serves light snacks and delicious cocktails from 4pm everyday, excluding Mondays.
On the other hand JW’s Steakhouse is a popular option for steak lovers. This laid-back restaurants offers a relaxed interior complete with comfortable overstuffed armchairs and a mahogany bar. This award-winning restaurant serves anything from Maine lobsters to fillet steak for a reasonable price.
- Cheesecake Factory Dubai
Hit the beach
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.
Club Joumana is located just 15 minutes away from Dubai Marina. This long stretch of beach comes with three swimming pools, a water sports centre and a beach bar/restaurant. One of the most popular activities to take part in at this time of year is stand up paddle boarding which can be booked at the Watercooled Water sports centre on site.
Nasimi Beach is a must whilst visiting Dubai. This exclusive beach club offers a range of plush day beds, sun loungers and private cabanas available for hire. On Saturdays Nasimi Beach pumps out laid back chill out music, played by the resident DJ, who is also happy to take requests.
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit quieter head to Kite Beach, otherwise known as ‘Wollongong Beach’. This is a long pristine stretch of golden sand which is superb for sunbathing and relaxing, but unfortunately doesn’t have any facilities.
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!
Suha City Hotel is located just 3km away from Dubai International Airport. This modern hotel offers air-conditioned accommodation, spacious rooms and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms even include a separate living room with a DVD player, IPod docking station and kitchenette.
The three-star Mayfair Hotel is situated in the heart of Dubai’s central business district and is located within close proximity to the Dubai Creek Golf Course. The hotel offers high standard facilities including a roof top swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna rooms and a fully equipped health club.
Enjoy a central location at the Holiday Inn Dubai, located close to Dubai International Airport and the famous Gold Souk. This affordable hotel is located in the thriving Deira neighbourhood close to many of Dubai’s tourist attractions.
- Dubai Beach