Dubai Weather in January

Dubai Weather in January 2021: What to Expect & What to Know

Are you planning a trip to Dubai in January and would like to know what the weather will be like?

In this post you will find all the information that could be useful to you, regarding the weather in Dubai in January, the average air temperatures, and the sea temperature! Plus, you’ll also find some helpful tips on what to pack and what to do this month.

Dubai Weather in January

January is a pleasant month to visit Dubai, especially for those who can’t stand the excessive heat. Temperatures are generally milder and the sky is usually clear.

In January the sun in Dubai rises around 7 AM and sets just before 6 PM.

In the morning and at night there may be some fog, which makes the view of the Dubai skyline and waking up in the desert quite impressive for those who choose to spend the night there.

Sometimes the fog could cause some problems for air traffic, and even more rarely there could be thunderstorms or even snowfall this month, but not in Dubai. Some snowfall can be seen on the peaks of Jebel Jais, in the colder emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

Although this is the coldest month, the only snow you will find in Dubai will be the one inside Ski Dubai, the impressive indoor artificial ski facility located in Dubai.

Although January is the wettest month in Dubai, the probability of rain is only 1 day per month, and usually it is short rains. So, you can forget about putting the umbrella in your suitcase!

Dubai Temperature in January

Dubai’s average temperature in January is 19 °C and typically fluctuates between a minimum temperature of 14 °C (57 °F) and a maximum temperature of 24 °C (75 °F).

January is the coolest month of the year in Dubai, however given its geographic location quite close to the Tropic of Cancer, the temperature remains quite mild, making January a great time for desert safaris and road trips across the UAE and to Oman.

Dubai’s average UV index in January is 6, which means it is quite high and it is recommended to protect the skin and eyes from direct sun exposure.

Dubai Sea Temperature in January

Dubai’s average sea water temperature in January is 21 °C (70 °F) and can usually reach 25 °C (77 °F) during the day.

Even though it is considered too cold by the locals, most tourists still find it acceptable for a swim in the ocean!

In resorts and hotels the pools are generally heated, so guests can enjoy their holidays to the fullest.

What to pack for a trip to Dubai in January?

January is the perfect month to wear a comfortable pair of jeans and your favorite shirt. Temperatures are fairly mild, but it tends to get quite cool in the evening, so be sure to pack some pullovers and some sweatshirts.

Especially if you’d like to experience sleeping in the desert by participating in an overnight safari, or if you’d like to experience the magic of Dubai at night, enjoying an unforgettable dinner cruise on Dubai Creek, something warmer to wear might come in handy.

Remember to pack some sunscreen as well, as the sun can still be pretty strong, a hat and your favorite pair of sunglasses.

If you plan to stay in a resort or hotel with a swimming pool, or if you want to splash in the ocean, don’t forget your swimsuit! By the way, you may find it useful to read this guide to the Dubai Dress Code.

What are the best activities to do in January in Dubai?

January, due to the mild temperatures, is one of the best months to enjoy a desert safari.

Then you could rent a car and experience an incredible road trip through the 7 emirates that make up the UAE. You may find it useful to read this guide on Dubai’s most reliable and cheapest rentals. In the same guide I also give you some advice on possible destinations to explore!

The winter sky also allows you to enjoy a breathtaking view from the top of the Burj Khalifa and to take extraordinary photos at the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque.

Find out the weather in Dubai in the other months!

Discover the Month by Month Guide to Dubai, with all the information on weather and temperatures and the best tips from locals on things to do and see!