August Weather Averages for Dubai

What's the weather like in Dubai in August

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...

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What's the weather like in Dubai in August

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.

Temperature

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.

Clouds

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.

Rainfall

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

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 DecemberJanuary 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

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. 

Sea Temperature

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 Hotels for August

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 Landmark Grand Hotel. 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. 

Dubai Beaches in August

Just down the coast from Jumeirah Beach is the Wild Wadi water 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.

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.

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.

Bars and Restaurants

The exciting 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.

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. 

Things to do in Dubai in August

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. This 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! 

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 many 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, it 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.

August events in Dubai

Religion

Eid Al Adha

21st August 2018 to 23rd August 2018

Eid Al Adha is one of the most important events in the Muslim calendar. Centred on prayer and animal sacrifice, Eid al-Adha symbolises Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son as a sign of devotion to Allah. It is usually celebrated with a day of prayers, and a feast and celebration in the evening.

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