Dubai Weather in May

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

Are you planning a trip to Dubai in May 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 May, the average air temperature, 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 May

May is a great month for a trip to Dubai: temperatures are already quite warm, but still not excessive.

In this month, the weather is hot and dry, with low humidity allowing for better enjoyment of outdoor activities, desert safaris, and road trips to the east coast, with the beautiful emirates of Ras Al Kahimah and Fujairah.

The chance of rain in March is practically nil, at most you might run into some rare sandstorm.

The days begin to be longer, in May in Dubai the sun rises around 5.30 AM and sets around 6.55 PM.

At sunset, the city comes alive, and you can make the most of its incredible skyline and lively atmosphere.

Dubai Temperature in May

Dubai’s average temperature in May is 31.5 °C (88.7 °F) and typically fluctuates between a minimum temperature of 25 °C (77 °F) and a maximum temperature of 38 °C (100 °F).

Temperatures in Dubai in May begin to rise to typically summer levels. This makes Dubai a perfect destination for lovers of the sea and warm places.

Here you can benefit from the proximity to the Tropic of Cancer, with its warm and not excessively humid climate, you can take a splash in the crystal clear waters of the Arabian Gulf, and experience unforgettable adventures in one of the most beautiful deserts in the world.

The May weather is ideal for outdoor activities, because although the temperatures are typically summer and the sun is starting to get quite hot, it is still quite pleasant to go out and explore the city and its beautiful surroundings.

Dubai’s average UV index in May is 11+, which means it is very high (it is classified as “Extreme” on the UV Index scale) and it is recommended to protect the skin and eyes from direct sun exposure.

Dubai Sea Temperature in May

Dubai’s average sea water temperature in May is 29 °C (84 °F).

Ladies and gentlemen, summer in Dubai has officially started!

The ocean water temperature is starting to be quite pleasant and it’s definitely a great time to take the opportunity for a nice splash!

Popular beaches and top water parks, such as the Atlantis Aquaventure on the famous Palm Jumeirah Island, the Wild Wadi Waterpark near the Burj Al Arab and the Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi, are quite crowded and lively!

This is a great time to snorkel or dive, from Dubai you can easily reach the Fujairah area, known for being one of the best in the world for diving.

What to pack for a trip to Dubai in May?

If you are planning a trip to Dubai in May, then pack some summer clothes, as it will be quite hot.

You could also bring a few extra layers to wear in case you feel chilly, for example to protect yourself from the air conditioning of the shopping centers, or in the evening, especially if you spent the day in the scorching sun, as can happen on a desert safari.

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

In 2021 the first half of May will coincide with the holy month of Ramadan, this means that you will have to dress in a bit more conservative and respectful way. You may find it very useful to read this guide on how to behave during Ramadan in Dubai.

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

In May you can experience Dubai to the fullest!

You can start by visiting its most famous buildings: the Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world, and the iconic Dubai Frame. Then you can go to the Jumeirah Beach area, where you can see the prestigious 7-star hotel Burj Al Arab and where you also find one of the best water parks in Dubai, the Wild Wadi Waterpark.

Another area that you can’t miss is Dubai Marina, where you’ll find tons of fun things to do at this time of year. Close to Dubai Marina you can’t miss the iconic palm-shaped island: Palm Jumeirah. Here you can find one of Dubai’s must-see water parks: the Atlantis Aquaventure. Inside there is even a fantastic aquarium, you have the opportunity to swim with dolphins, and you can also access one of the most beautiful and exclusive beaches in Dubai.

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!

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!