Dubai and Emirates

Key facts

  • Currency: AED:UAE Dirham
  • Language: Arabic
  • Flight duration: 7 hours from Gatwick
  • Timezones: GMT +4

Stay in United Arab Emirates

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WHEN TO GO

The UAE has a subtropical climate, so skies generally stay blue and cloud cover is rare. Rain is even scarcer – any that does trickle down usually falls between November and April. And it’s these months that are the best time to visit. At this time of year, temperatures hover around the mid-20s – great for sightseeing and sunbathing. If you do visit during the summer, though, come armed with plenty of sun block. The temperatures can reach up to 45°C, and lots of outdoor activities are closed for the season as a result of the heat. Thankfully, there are plenty of air-conditioned buildings to chill out in.

Weather

Average monthly temperature and rainfall for Dubai and Emirates.

TEMPERATURE (°C)RAINFALL (mm)

MonthTemperatureRainfall
JAN 24.0 19.0
FEB 26.0 11.0
MAR 29.0 22.0
APR 33.0 4.0
MAY 38.0 1.0
JUN 40.0 0.0
JUL 41.0 1.0
AUG 42.0 0.0
SEP 39.0 0.0
OCT 36.0 1.0
NOV 31.0 3.0
DEC 26.0 18.0

Health & Safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. For the latest health and safety information, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates/health.

Passports and Visas

As a British citizen, you must have a valid passport and you’ll be given a 30-day visa when you arrive in the UAE. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/united-arab-emirates/entry-requirements.

For more information visit the Foreign Office website - www.fco.gov.uk/en/