Dubai is known as the City of Gold and it justifies the title in every way, from the shimmering, vast desert to the opulence of the malls and the glimmering trinkets in the local souks. It’s also home to Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building,   Legoland, and all sorts of museums and amusement parks.

 

A trip to Dubai is ideally planned between the months of November to February when the city experiences winter. However, this is also the peak tourist season. . 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 and it won’t be scorching hot for you to travel. Flight and accommodation rates will be lower this time of year, and attractions won’t have long queues. Here’s a guide to enjoy the largest United Arab Emirates’ city in the beginning of summer.

Dubai Weather in April & May

There’s no getting around the fact that Dubai is a city in a desert. It gets hot. While winters are relatively mild, the temperatures can be high in April and May. April is warm but still habitable., In May, 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 38C, sometimes even exceeding 42°C, so it’s best to participate in indoor activities. 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 do it all whether you visit the city in the middle of December or during the offseason of summer. Get a glimpse of the city’s futuristic architecture with the Dubai Frame and the iconic Palm Jumeirah, all in air-conditioned transport.You can also visit  the Dubai Aquarium, Underwater Zoo, and end the day with a visit to the Dubai Fountain.

 

Want to explore more? Dubai won’t disappoint. Get a view of the twisted Cayan Tower, or spend some time looking up the contemporary architecture at hotels or simply walk around the city soaking in the mélange 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. In 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, 90 minutes away from the city. Nestled high in the Hajar (“Rocky”) Mountains, Hatta is a great place to escape the city. A place equally fun for adventure-lovers and history buffs, Hatta is one of the oldest preserved historical zones in UAE–and a fantastic place to go mountain biking.  Hatta is also a great destination for camping and kayaking. However, avoid the Hatta in May completely to escape the heat.

 

 

3. Amusement Parks

The unofficial fun capital of the world, Dubai has a host of amusement parks for 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 leg 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 in Atlantis, The Palm. Be sure to check the temperatures beforehand so you visit on a relatively cooler day.

 

However, theme park tickets are likely to be cheaper in the summer months. Look for promotions and discounts, and book your tickets online to prevent eye-watering prices. 

 

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

It’s called the ‘City of Gold’ for a reason. If you’re looking for retail therapy, look no further. Dubai is the world’s one-stop shop-till-you-drop destination. 

 

It is where you go if you’re in the market for gold. A major gold trading hub, jewellery is cheaper here than in India, and you can try your hand at bargaining (check the daily gold rates first!). The Gold Souk and Gold & Diamond Park are good places to shop. You can also buy carpets, perfumes, and Bateel dates. 

 

And if you want to taste the high life, Dubai is famous for its malls. Check out City Walk, Mall of Emirates, and the dizzyingly colourful Mercato Mall, designed to look like an Italian village from the Renaissance era.

  

Additionally, the traditional markets such as the Perfume Souk are a treasure trove of rare finds across the year. From vintage collectibles to souvenirs, you’ll find it all here. If you’re worried about the April heat while you street shop, relax – most of the important stores are well covered. Besides, you can always start your shopping trip early in the day.

You can also 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 artists.

Festivals in April and May 

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

 

World Art Dubai

 

The World Art Dubai gets hundreds of artists, dealers, retailers, collectors, and designers together for a four-day-long extravaganza. It emphasises affordability, so you’re sure to find some exquisite art pieces start at USD 100 (Approximately INR 7000). In addition, visitors can also be a part of activities like live painting, virtual reality art, interesting talks, and workshops.

 

Dubai Opera

 

 

For an elegant evening with the arts, the Dubai Opera should be high on your list. They have live shows all year-round. The Dubai Opera stuns you with an iconic architectural design and a space that can seat about 2000 people, and host events like musicals, ballets, talks, and even conferences. When you find a show you like, remember to book early. 

 

Dubai Challenge Cup

 

This is one of the biggest events for polo, attracting some of the most respected names in the field. As a spectator, you’ll be among royalty and celebrities, so feel free to wear your fanciest outfit. The Dubai Challenge Cup boasts of being the only polo tournament in Dubai certified by the World Polo Tour.


Ramadan 

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, iftar can be a  delight,with a scrumptious spread of food, cultural offering and more. During Ramadan, you will see a new side of the cit. 

 

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 offseason.

 

Beautyworld Middle East

Find a bespoke foundation for your complexion, or a lipstick you’ve loved 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.