Dubai Weather May Averages, Dubai
What's the Weather like in 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, highs that many native Brits are not accustomed to ranging from 23°C-36°C, with an average of 31°C, compared to June, which has an average temperature of around 33°C.
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.
Average Sunshine Hours
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.
Average Sea Temperature
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.
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Dubai Hotels for May
Radisson Blu Deira Creek Hotel
Overlooking the creek is the Radisson Blu Deira Creek 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 Pub to the New York inspired Up on the 10th to the Dubai hotspot Ku-Bu, there's something for everyone. Rooms at the Radisson cost from just £64 per night.
Dubai Palm Hotel
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.
Grand Excelsior Hotel
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.
Holiday Inn Express - Jumeirah
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 Beaches in May
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.
Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
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.
Bars and Restaurants
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.
Things to do in Dubai in May
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.
Wild Wadi Water Park
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 shoot water up to 152m high.