Averages for dubai in May

Situated on the Persian Gulf Coast, Dubai is a resort destination within the United Arab Emirates with white sandy beaches to the east and the Hajar Mountains to the West, with vast amounts of urban sprawl and desert in between. The area is hot and dry year round.

May is the start of the summer in Dubai and sees temperatures range from 23 to 36 degrees Celsius; highs that many native Brits are not accustomed to. Being a desert r...

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  • Temperature Temperature 31°C 87°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 37°C 99°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 24°C 75°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 11 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 10 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 0 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 28°C 82°F

Situated on the Persian Gulf Coast, Dubai is a resort destination within the United Arab Emirates with white sandy beaches to the east and the Hajar Mountains to the West, with vast amounts of urban sprawl and desert in between. The area is hot and dry year round.

May is the start of the summer in Dubai and sees temperatures range from 23 to 36 degrees Celsius; highs that many native Brits are not accustomed to. Being a desert region, rainfall during May is very rare so it's a great time for being outdoors, though beware of the high humidity levels, which may be uncomfortable for some.

May is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with temperatures increasing from 35°C to 38°C and even exceeding to 42°C! On the other hand daily low temperatures range from 24°C to 27°C and can occasionally fall below 21°C.

During May the sunshine hours are starting to increase up to 11 hours on average. However, the daylight hours stay relatively constant throughout the month. The shortest day in May is May 1st with 13:07 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day is May 31st with 13:36 hours of daylight in total.

At this time of year the median cloud cover ranges from a clear 1% to 6%. During this month it is very rare to see any clouds at all! The trend in May is for the sky to be clearing with the median cloud cover decreasing by 5% from the start to the end of the month.

Precipitation in Dubai is very rare; in May the average probability of rainfall on any given day is only 3%, with little variation over the course of the month. In total only 10mm of rainfall is expected, compared to February where on average 40mm of rainfall is expected to fall over just four days. If it were to rain, the most common forms of precipitation at this time of year are moderate rain, thunderstorms and light rain, however this is very unlikely.

During May the relative humidity ranges from a dry 26% to a very humid 89% over the course of the month, rarely dropping below a very dry 11% or exceeding a very humid 100%. May is actually one of the least humid months where humidity levels usually stay around 50%, compared to January and December where humidity levels can exceed 65% on a daily basis.

The dew point is often a better way to measure how comfortable you will find the weather. In May the dew point generally ranges from a dry 10°C to a muggy 24°C.

The wind speeds in May typically vary from 1 m/s to 7 m/s, which is considered as a light to moderate breeze, rarely exceeding 9 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually occurs around May 20th, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is a moderate 7 m/s. At this time of year the wind is most often coming from the south.

The sea temperature is also picking up in May at 28°C, compared to April, where the average sea temperature stays around 25°C. This makes it perfect for water sports such as windsurfing and kite surfing!

  • Dubai in May

Dubai in May

Things to do

Those who like a game of golf should try their hand at golf Dubai style. Instead of hitting the green, hit the white, with a round of sand golf at the Dubai Country Club's Al Awir course.

For travellers who aren't golf enthusiasts, head over to the Dubai Creek, which runs throughout the emirate, dividing it into two parts. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the banks, watching the loading and unloading of the traditional Arabic dhows. One end of the creek has become a wildlife sanctuary, providing homes for over 27,000 birds including flamingos.

To keep cool in the blistering heat make sure to visit the Wild Wadi Water Park situated next to the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. This water park offers a number of adrenaline-fuelled rides for all ages including the Wipeout Flowrider and Juha's Dhow and Lagoon for the little ones. 

The Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed fountain system located on the Burj Khalifa Lake. This impressive project features over 600 lights and 25 coloured projectors, which shoots water up to 152m high. 

  • Dubai Fountain

Dubai Fountain

Dates for the diary

The Arabian Travel Market takes place from May 5th until May 8th at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and Dubai World Trade Centre. This three-day event is to promote travel and tourism in the region. Exhibitors will showcase the many different locales and accommodations available throughout the Middle East.

The Photo-World Dubai event is held at the same centre from May 6th until May 8th. There will be various exhibitions in the imaging areas of video, photography, copy machines and more. There will even be seminars on various topics and displays showcasing the latest in cutting edge technology at this two-day event.

The Airport Show is the largest of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa. It is a business-to-business event, with companies presenting aviation-related products and services at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Dubai World Trade Centre from May 11th until May 13th.

On the other hand Dubai also hosts the Beautyworld Middle East event at the same centre from May 27th for three days. This 17-year-old event exhibits the latest in beauty products, fragrances, hair products and wellness products.

Sports fans will love to know the 4thEmirates Cup takes place on May 31st at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai. This is the second in a series of three different swimming competitions. This is a 25m race for both junior and senior swimmers. 

Where to eat & drink

For an evening with a difference why not try the elegant Bateaux Dubai dinner cruise 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 unforgettable restaurant to try is the Pierchic at Madinat Jumeirah. This fine dining restaurant offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the Burj Al Arab and the rest of the Madinat Jumeirah resort.

Dubai is also renowned for having an excellent nightlife. Armani/Prive at the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa is known as one of Dubai's best super clubs. This place offers a spacious dance floor and the largest LCD screen in the world!

On the other hand Boudoir at the Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa is one of Dubai's most beloved nightclubs. This place has been running for over 10 years and still remains a popular place for tourists and locals on a Friday and Saturday night. 

Hit the beach

This time of year may be too hot for some people to sunbathe on the beach as temperatures can reach a sweltering 37°C. However, if you really want to top up your tan make sure to put on plenty of sun cream and stay cool by taking a regular dip in the sea and drinking plenty of water.

Wollongong Beach otherwise known as 'Kite Beach' offers a long pristine stretch of sand and is a great place for sunbathing, as it is very quiet. As the name suggests this beach is also popular for water sports such as kite surfing.

Many of the beaches in Dubai are private and you have to pay to access them, however, Jumeirah Beach is one of the most popular and cheapest beaches in the area. This beach is 1km long and is great for sunbathing, swimming, beach volleyball, walking, or enjoying the stunning views of the world famous Burj Al Arab Hotel.

Club Mina is a massive beach club located in front of the Barasti and Westin. This place offers a wealth of facilities including five swimming pools, tennis courts, a gym, volleyball, basketball and water sports!

If you want somewhere a bit more cosy and intimate head to the Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa located in Jumeirah 1. This club offers three swimming pools, a gym, tennis courts, a spa, a kids' play area, table tennis, plus beachside and poolside bars. 

  • Kite Beach Dubai

Kite Beach Dubai

Where to stay

Overlooking the creek is the RadissonBluDeiraCreek hotel, situated in the heart of Dubai. UAE laws prohibit alcohol sales without a permit, but many hotels are licensed to serve tourists, and the Radisson is one of them. Guests have a huge choice of venue, from the British-themed ThePub to the New York inspired UpOnThe 10th to the Dubai hotspot Ku-Bu, there's something for everyone. Rooms at the Radisson cost from just £64 per night.

The Dubai Palm Hotel is an affordable three-star hotel located on Muteena Street, in the heart of Dubai's shopping district. It offers two restaurants and five nightclubs. All of the rooms come with air-conditioning and include a balcony, satellite TV and refrigerator.

The Grand Excelsior Hotel Al Baharis, is situated within a 10-minute walking distance from the Mall of the Emirates and the local metro station. This beautiful hotel was designed in the style of a cruise ship and offers a number of luxurious, spacious rooms to its guests.

Another affordable hotel to look into is the Holiday Inn Express – Jumeirah. This two-star hotel is located within walking distance to Jumeirah Beach and the World Trade Centre. 

  • Dubai Beachfront

Dubai Beachfront

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