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Visiting Dubai In August – The Definitive Guide

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The lure of Dubai goes way beyond the glitzy skyscrapers and thrilling amusement parks. The city is a testament to the extraordinary and impossible feats humankind can achieve. From constructing the world’s tallest building to raising Gentoo penguins indoors, Dubai has proved that nothing will stop the city from becoming a true oasis. Whether you are a family with kids, a couple on a romantic vacation or a solo traveler looking to indulge in selfcare, Dubai is the place to be. Dubai in August experiences the peak of summer but it also means unbelievable discounts on shopping and summer special events to keep you entertained. Dubai makes an effort to entertain like no other city does!

What makes Dubai in August special?


Dubai in August
Dubai in August

  • Off-season perks – Dubai in August is at the peak of summer and many international tourists shy away from the heat. It also coincides with the start of the school year in many countries and hence there is a marked decrease in crowds. You can enjoy fewer crowds in tourist attractions and low fares on everything from flights to accommodation.
  • Indoor Fun – Dubai is built on the edge of the desert in the Persian Gulf and has developed into a city that has its treasures within the cool confines of air-conditioning. Rainforests, aquariums, theme parks, snow parks, art galleries, entertainment and concerts, you can find everything indoors in Dubai. You won’t ever have to step out in the sun while enjoying the perks of discounts on everything!
  • Summer of surprises – If you love shopping, there is no better time to be in Dubai! Dubai in August hosts the summer of surprises, a shopping extravaganza when all stores run sales and deep discounts. Shopping in the summer is better as you have fewer shoppers to compete with and the bounty is equally enticing!

Dubai Weather in August


August in Dubai is the second hottest month of the year, with temperatures that sometimes soar above 40°C. With no rainfall in sight and all time highs with humidity and UV levels, tourist footfall is the least in August in Dubai. Mall crawl and stay indoors all of August!

Dubai in August : Things to do


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Burj Khalifa

Dubai in June - burj khalifa


Head to the world’s highest observation deck ‘At the Top’ located in the 828-metre tall Burj Khalifa. Enjoy fewer crowds in August and take in the views at your own pace. Choose to buy combo tickets with other attractions like Dubai Aquarium, Desert Safari and enjoy up to 47% discounts.

August Timings
Sunrise: Daily 5:30 am-8 am
At The Top: 8:30 am-11 pm

Location

1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
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Ferrari World - Abu Dhabi

Dubai in August - ferrari world


Take a short road trip and visit Abu Dhabi to ring up the high-adrenaline fun at Ferrari World. The indoor amusement park is perfect to get away from the sun and has rides for the entire family. Take the excitement to the next level by getting combo tickets to Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros.World.

August Timings
Sun to Wed: 11 am-8 pm
Thu to Sat: 11 am–10 pm

3

Dubai Frame

Dubai in August - dubai frame


It happens only in Dubai! The city has constructed a fabulous 150 feet building that looks like a picture frame and offers a unique perspective to view the city. Buy a ticket to the observation deck of Dubai Frame and soak in extraordinary views of old and new Dubai.

August Timings
Daily: 9 am-9 pm

Location

Al Kifaf, Zabeel Park Jogging Track, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
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4

Dubai Dolphinarium & Seal Show

Stay cool in Dubai in August and get into an indoor aquarium to watch a 45 minute show at Dubai Dolphinarium, with friendly Dolphins and Seals. The only such kind of a show in Dubai, it will feature the lovely and intelligent animals dancing, juggling, jumping through hoops and playing ball.

August Show Timings
Mon to Sat: 11 am, 2 pm and 6 pm

Location

Riyadh Street, Umm Hurair 2, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
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5

La Perle by Dragone

Dubai in August - la perle


The air-conditioned water stage of the La Perle Dragone is the best place to find yourself in summer evenings. La Perle Dragone is Dubai’s first permanent live entertainment show and showcases the wonderful history and culture of Dubai through acrobatics, and mind-blowing aerial and aquatic feats.

August Timings
Mon to Thu: 7 pm and 9:30 pm
Fri & Sat: 4 pm and 7 pm

Location

260 Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
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Ski Dubai

Dubai in August - Ski Dubai


Take a respite from the summer afters in Dubai in August and head to the cold environs of Ski Dubai. Dubai’s best indoor adventure park it includes a ski slope, a full-fledged snow park with rides for the entire family and a penguin nursery with King and Gentoo Penguins.

August Timings
Sun to Thur – 10 am-12 am (Midnight)
Fri & Sat – 9 am-12 am (Midnight)
Penguin March – 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm and 9 pm

Location

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
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7

Half-Day Dubai City Tour

Dubai in August - garden glow


Take a quick and comprehensive tour of Dubai and witness its architectural and cultural marvels. Enjoy a ride in an air-conditioned bus as you drive through iconic buildings like Jumeirah Mosque, Saga Mall, Al Qasar, Burj Al Arab view, Atlantis and King’s Palace. Upgrade your experience with a 4X4 drive or a visit to the Burj Khalifa observation deck at a small price.

August Timings
Depends on chosen tour

Location

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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8

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Dubai in August - Rotunda at Caeser's Palace


Children or adults, it will be tough for anyone to leave the Dubai Aquarium! The indoor aquarium is full of experiences ranging from shark encounters to the underwater zoo where you can view more than 140 species of aquatic animals. The cool blue environs of the aquarium will make you forget the Dubai heat!

August Timings
Daily: 10 am-12 am (Midnight)

Location

Financial Center Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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9

Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

Dubai in July - warned bros world


Warner Bros. has created a long list of unforgettable fictional characters that have attached themselves to people's lives for all time. If you're planning a trip to the United Arab Emirates in July, make sure to visit the Warner Bros. World. It contains many of the studio's all-time favorites, such as Batman, Scooby-Doo, and the Flintstones.The park is designed to look like a Hollywood backlot, and it features six different themed areas, each with its own rides, shows, and attractions.

August Timings
Daily - 10 am-8 pm

Location

Al Falah Rd, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
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Evening Desert Safari

Dubai in August - Day Trips from Dubai


You might want to steer clear of the desert in summer, but the deserts have a way of cooling down in the evenings and a perfect way to spend the nights in Dubai in August. Go on an evening desert safari and enjoy traditional desert activities like camel riding, quad biking and eating a BBQ dinner.

August Timings
Every day at 3 pm

Dubai in August : Events to Look Out For


Dubai in August events

Alan Walker + KSHMR

August 26
Another exciting night at Dubai's home of live entertainment is back in Dubai with Alan Walker and KSHMR. You may recognize Alan by his trademark mask and sweatshirt, but there's a lot more to him than that. His debut single, "Faded," quickly hit number one in over 20 countries and racked up more than a billion streams on Spotify.KSHMR is another immensely popular DJ, hailing from Berkeley, California.

Dubai in June events

Dubai Summer Surprises

All of August
Leave it to Dubai to make your summer memorable! From music concerts to shopping festivals, and exclusive discounts on everything from entertainment to dining, Dubai becomes a lively and exciting destination to spend with your entire family.

Dubai in August events

Modhesh World

All of August
The Modhesh World is a thrilling destination for families with kids. The event is conducted at the Dubai Trade Centre and offers games, rides, children’s entertainers, shopping and a colorful lively atmosphere for the kids to enjoy the cool air-conditioned venue away from the hot outdoors.

Dubai in June events

Laughathon 3.0

23rd August
Running in its third year, Laughathon is an event that features the best of Indian Stand Up comedians for an evening of laughter riot. In August, Abhishek Upamanyu will be performing at Queen Elizabeth 2, Dubai’s first and permanent floating hotel.

Dubai in August : 5-day Itinerary


Dubai in August : Essentials


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LanguageArabic

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Time zoneGMT+4

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Country Code+971

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CurrencyArab Emirate Dirham (AED)

Dubai Weather in August

August is one of the hottest months in Dubai and the day time temperatures reach up to 41°C/105°F and goes down to 31°C/87°F. There is absolutely no rainfall and low humidity, and the sea temperatures are around 33°C/92°F which is comfortable for a swim. Daylight is around 13 hours, the sun rises around 5:45 AM and sets around 6:45 PM, giving you ample time to explore the city.

Where to Stay in Dubai during July

Dubai in August is the low season and you can find deep discounts even on luxury hotels. Dubai Downtown (near Burj Khalifa), Jumeirah Beach Area, Dubai Marina Area, and Palm Jumeirah are some of the best places to stay in Dubai in August. Here is our list of favourite hotels to stay in Dubai –

  • Luxury – Raffles Dubai, Address Dubai Marina, Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah, Grosvenor House, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
  • Mid-Range – Al Bandar Arjaan Creek, Double Tree by Hilton, Ramada Downtown Dubai, The Retreat Palm Dubai, Hilton Dubai the Walk
  • Budget – Rove Dubai Marina, Centro Barsha, Oaks Liwa Heights, ibis Style Jumeirah Dubai, London Crown Hotel

What to Pack for Visiting Dubai in August

Dubai in August has soaring temperatures with harsh sunlight that can leave you sunburnt! The best way to tackle this is by ensuring you wear loose fitting and fully covered clothing. Wear cotton and linen that will help you stay cool, and don’t forget to carry accessories like hats, caps and scarves that you can use to cover your face like the locals do. Apply oodles of sunscreen, and always carry a bottle of water.

Getting Around Dubai in August

Dubai is a city that thrives on its tourist footfalls and if you are using tours, including the ones from Headout, you can avail their pick up and drop service. However, if you wish to venture out on your own the public transport is efficient, and the first thing you can do is buy a Nol Card to use transport.

Here are your options for public transport in Dubai –

  • Dubai Metro – Quick, cheap and has two lines covering 49 stations.
  • Dubai Tram – Covers the area from Al Sufouh to Jumeirah Beach Residences and has 11 stations.
  • Buses – Extensive network and cheap.
  • Water crafts – The newly opened Dubai Ferry has 5 routes and the Dubai Water Taxi serves 43 stations that will help you get around quickly.

Read our complete guide on Dubai Public Transportation and getting around Dubai economically here.

Dubai in August - Must-Try Delicacies

Manakish

The heat outdoors can leave you exhausted and the best way to relax and fill up on the calories is the Manakish! The traditional pizza-like dish is unleavened bread that is baked and spread with toppings like zaatar leaves, tomatoes, onions, mince meat and cheese.
Where to eat: Man’oushe Street, Dubai Mall

Manakish

The heat outdoors can leave you exhausted and the best way to relax and fill up on the calories is the Manakish! The traditional pizza-like dish is unleavened bread that is baked and spread with toppings like zaatar leaves, tomatoes, onions, mince meat and cheese.
Where to eat: Man’oushe Street, Dubai Mall

Ful Medames

A spicy and wholesome stew is just the right pick me up after a long day of sightseeing. Also known as Fūl or Foul, this dish is made of fava beans and Arabic spices, and garnished with parsley, garlic, onion, and lemon juice. You can eat it with bread or just as it is!
Where to eat: Foul w Hummus, Al Barsha

Qamar al-Din

While this drink typically comes out in the month of Ramadan, its cooling properties make it a great choice during summers in Dubai. The drink originally from Syria is made of dried apricots that are mixed with rosewater or orange blossom water and topped with ice.
Where to eat: Zahr El-Laymoun, Souk Al Bahar

Knafeh

This dessert is as decadent as they come! The Kanafeh or Kunafa is made with thin noodle-like pastry that is soaked in sweet sugary-syrup and layered with cheese, clotted cream, and nuts. The medley of textures is unlike any other dessert you would have tasted.
Where to eat: Firas Sweets, Al Hudaiba

Tips for Visiting Dubai in August


  • Hotel rates reduce up to 50% of displayed rates during Dubai in August. Make use of the discounts and choose to book a hotel with an indoor swimming pool. A swim is the best way to cool off at the end of the day.
  • Plan your vacation avoiding the weekends on Friday and Saturday, as all the locals will prefer heading out to amusement parks and indoor arenas. You will find that Monday to Thursdays are blissful in shopping malls and tourist attractions with very few tourists, it’s especially ideal when you are queuing up for the rides in the amusement parks!
  • Book all the tickets in advance; you will save time in queues at the ticket counters. You can also enjoy the skip the line access that is offered with Headout tickets for many of the tourist attractions. Dubai always has many combo offers on desert safari , theme parks and other attraction tickets. These combo offers help you save big bucks and allow you to explore more of the city.
  • Despite the fewer crowds thanks to the summer in Dubai in August, restaurants are often booked out with visitors who want to escape the heat. If you are planning to visit high-end restaurants, it is a good idea to book reservations.
  • You can turn off your early morning alarm as most of Dubai comes alive only in the evenings. Many places are open till midnight and since the days are long you don’t have to worry about calling it an early night. Sleep in and enjoy a truly relaxing vacation in Dubai.

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FAQs


What is there to do in Dubai in August?

There is plenty to do in Dubai in August, from enjoying the beaches and pools to exploring the city's many attractions, shopping malls and restaurants. There are also a number of events and festivals taking place throughout the month.

What is the weather like in Dubai in August?

The weather in Dubai in August is hot and sunny, with temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees Celsius. However, the evenings are cooler and much more comfortable.

What should I pack for Dubai in August?

For Dubai in August, you will need to pack light summer clothes such as t-shirts, shorts and skirts. However, it is also a good idea to pack a few items of clothing for the cooler evenings. You should also pack sun cream, a hat and sunglasses.

What is the best way to get around Dubai?

The best way to get around Dubai is by taxi or Uber as the public transport system is not very reliable. If you are planning on doing a lot of sightseeing, it might be worth hiring a car for the day.

What are the best indoor attractions in Dubai?

Some of the best indoor attractions in Dubai in August are Ski Dubai, IMG Worlds Of Adventure, Ferrari World, and Warner Bros Abu Dhabi.