Dubai is known as the City of Gold and it justifies the title in every way, from the shimmering, vast desert and its safari ride to the luxe opulence of the malls and the glimmering trinkets in the local souks. And that’s not all that makes it one of the top tourist destinations in the world, from the tallest building, to Legoland and other amusement parks, this city has it all.

A trip to Dubai is ideally planned between months of November to February when the city experiences winter. However, this time can also be crowded with travellers from across the globe wanting a glimpse of the fast-paced city. If you want to avoid the crowd, plan a visit to the city during the months of April and May. It is just the right time to avoid groups of people yet it won’t be scorching hot for you to travel. The lower flight and accommodation prices due to lean tourist season, and queue-free indoor activities makes it just right for a vacation there.

Here’s a guide to enjoy the largest United Arab Emirates’ city in the beginning of summer.

Dubai Weather in April & May

Let’s face it Dubai with all it’s glory unfortunately has only two weathers – hot and hotter. While winters are relatively easy to travel there, the temperatures can be high in April and May. The former, however, is the shoulder season, which means that it does get hot but the weather is not unbearable. In the latter month, it can get quite hot during the day and still be warm during sunset. So you can plan your day accordingly.

During the day in April, the temperature can reach up to 32°C while at night, it can drop to a pleasant 19°C and the sunsets are usually around six in the evening. In May, the day-time temperature can go up to 37°C, sometimes even exceeding 42°C, so it’s best to pick an indoor activity. The nights are cool with 24°C to 27°C.

What to Do

Dubai has almost everything to entertain the old and young, art and technology lovers, as well as history enthusiasts and those who want to explore futuristic architecture. And all of this is open to tourists even in the shoulder season of April. Here’s what you can do while visiting during this time.

1. Sightseeing

From the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa – to Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabic mini city inside Dubai, you can really do it all whether you visit the city in the middle of December or during the off season of summer. Get a glimpse of the city’s futuristic architecture with the Dubai Frame and the iconic Palm Jumeirah, all in a comfortable air-conditioned transport and venue. You can always add the indoor aquarium and underwater zoo as well as an evening visit to Dubai’s dancing fountain, to the list.

Want to explore more? Dubai won’t disappoint. Get a view of the twisted Cayan Towers, contemporary architecture at hotels or simply walk around the city soaking in the melange of different cultures from across the world.

2. Other Adventures

Get your adrenaline pumping with various adventure sports while in Dubai. From skydiving to sailing, water sports, diving, hot air ballooning, and desert safari you can do it all here – all year round. In April, however, it is advised you take the evening or early morning slot for your activities to avoid the afternoon heat. During May, you can avoid outdoor adventure altogether unless it is from an air-conditioned car or service station.

In April you can take a short trip to Hatta, a small section that is green and calm amidst the fast moving city. Here you can embark on a mountain adventure on foot or bikes on the Hajar mountains or explore the Hatta Dam. You can even explore your wild side by camping a night at the plains here. Avoid the Hatta in May completely, it is can be hot and humid.

3. Amusement Parks

The unofficial fun capital of the world, Dubai has a host of amusement parks for the young and old alike. And what better than to soak in a water park or enter a fully air-conditioned virtual reality in the middle of a hot afternoon in April. Dubai has it all – whether you want to shake a log at the Bollywood Parks or relive your childhood at Legoland and IMG Worlds of Adventure. You can even check out the Wild Wadi waterpark and the Aquaventure on Atlantis, The Palm. Be sure to check the temperatures beforehand so you visit on a relatively cooler day. May sun is not kind, hence visit to the open-air parks in this month is not advisable.

If you have more days in the city, especially in summer, the Ski Dubai is a must-see. You can even get some respite from the heat at The Green Plant a tropical rain forest in the middle of a desert city. These two venues can be visited any time of the year, irrespective of the outside temperature.

4. Shopping

Not much needs to be said about the City of Gold’s shopping offerings, its retail therapy escapades are world renowned. You can find a few of the world’s most expensive items and one-of-a-kind designer products at the grandiose malls here. These include the Mall of the Emirates, The Dubai Mall and City Walk. While shoulder season doesn’t have the famous Dubai Shopping Festival. The low tourist crowd offers you a good view at the items at your time and pace. It is ideal to spend a whole day at the mall during April and May.

Additionally, the traditional markets such as the Gold Souk and Perfume Souk are a treasure trove of rare finds across the year. From vintage collectibles to souvenir you’ll find it all here. If you’re worried about heat of April during street shopping, don’t be – most of the important stores are well covered. Besides, you can always start your shopping trip early in the day.

Besides, these attractions, the city has a lot to offers. You can explore the thriving art scene of the city with a glimpse at the Al Quoz, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and even the street art by unknown artist.

Festivals in April 2019

If you are planning a trip to Dubai in April 2019, then you are in for treat as there are a few exclusive festivals that will enhance your experience in the city.

1. World Art Dubai

The World Art Dubai gets hundreds of artists, dealers, retailers, collectors and designers together for a four-day long extravaganza. It emphasizes on affordability, so you are sure to find some exquisite art pieces start at USD 100. In addition, visitors can also be a part of activities like live painting, virtual reality art, interesting talks and learning workshops.

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Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
When: April 3rd to 6th, 2019

2. Middle East Film and Comic Con

If you’re a superhero lover or a comic book geek, you will find yourself right at home at the Middle East Film and Comic Con. From meet-and-greet with the local artists, to guest appearances, workshops and exhibitions, the event has it all. If nothing else you can always shake a leg at the live music and DJ competitions here.

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Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
When: April 11th to 13th, 2019
Cost: AED 110 to 350

3. Beautyworld Middle East

Find a bespoke foundation of your skin tone or a lipstick you’ve love on your favourite celebrity at the largest international trade fair for beauty products – The Beautyworld Middle East. At this annual event, you will also find hair products, perfumes and more.

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Where: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre
When: April 15th to 17th, 2019

4. Sleeping Beauty at Dubai Opera

The Dubai Opera will soon feature the classic story of Sleeping Beauty by the National Ballet of Ukraine. As the troop celebrates its 150th anniversary of this exceptional live symphony orchestra, it offers a special show in the city only for two days. An event of this magnitude cannot be missed.

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Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
When: April 26th and 27th, 2019
Cost: Tickets starts from AED 150
Festivals in May 2019

While options for tourists are limited in the month of May in Dubai, you can always enjoy a few things if you already are taking a trip there. The entry to most shows and venues will be much lesser compared to peak season time.

1. Ramadan 2019

The holy month of Ramadan is a season to celebrate and follow Islamic rituals in the city for locals. Dubai has a distinct persona during this holy time and businesses, stores, party venues all work as per the prayer schedule.

For tourists, this can be a tough time as they need to adjust to various, strict norms of the city. However, it can be a delight after hours with a scrumptious spread of food, cultural offering and more. You will see a new side of the city during this month.

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When: May 5th to June 4th, 2019

2. La Perle By Dragone

The creative brain behind top shows in Las Vegas and Macau, Franco Dragone, has introduced a world-class show in Dubai – La Perle. The city’s first resident show uses state-of-the-art technology for stunning waterfalls and features over 65 international- level performers from 23 countries.
It is advised to book tickets in advance, even during the off season.

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When: January to December 2019
Where: Al Habtoor City