What’s the Weather like in Dubai in January
The United Arab Emirates consists of seven emirates, with Dubai being the most densely populated and the most modern. Situated on the Persian Gulf Coast, this home of the 8th most visited city in the world enjoys a hot and dry desert climate year round.
January is Dubai’s coldest month, but is actually more in keeping with a British summer than the winter, with temperatures averaging out at about 19°C to 20°C, compared to February, which has an average temperature of around 20°C. The cold temperatures, at least by Dubai standards, mean that humidity is almost non-existent.
Even though January is considered to be one of the coldest months it is characterized by daily high temperatures around 24°C throughout the month and the possibility of exceeding 28°C. However, daily low temperatures are around 15°C and can fall below 12°C on a particularly cold day.
If you were to compare these temperatures to August they are considerably lower. During the height of the summer season, temperatures can soar to a blistering 41°C, which many British tourists may find uncomfortable, therefore most people tend to visit during the winter season.
Average Sunshine Hours
During January the average sunshine hours are around eight hours, which is the same as December and February. The shortest day of the month is on January 1st with 10:36 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day is January 31st with 10:60 hours of daylight.
At this time of year the skies are mostly clear, where median cloud cover is only 25% likely. Precipitation is also very low as expected at only 14%. Only 10mm of rainfall is expected to fall throughout the month, spread over just six days, compared to London in the UK which is likely to see at least 52mm of rainfall spread across 19 days. The driest months in Dubai are usually July to September where rainfall is extremely unlikely.
The typical humidity at this time of year ranges from a comfortable 43% to a very humid 91%. The air is usually driest around January 31st, when humidity levels are predicted to drop below 51%, whilst the most humid day is around January 1st where humidity levels can rise above 82%. January is actually one of the most comfortable months of the year as dew points are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Wind speeds are very low in January, typically varying from 1 m/s to 6m/s, which is considered as a light to moderate breeze. The highest average wind speed usually occurs around January 31st where wind speed levels can reach 4 m/s. On the other hand the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s occurs around January 1st. The wind at this time of year is most often coming from the south.
Average Sea Temperature
Overall, January is one of the best months of the year to visit Dubai as it’s warm enough to go sunbathing, swimming and sightseeing. The sea temperature at this time of year is also positively warm at 21°C, however it is considerably cooler compared to August where sea temperatures can soar above 32°C!
In January 2009 Dubai experienced a rare hailstone storm, where water accumulated up to 50cm deep on some roads, causing traffic chaos. Furthermore, on January 28th in 2011 Dubai also experienced a sandstorm for a short period of time. Sandstorms in this area are unlikely but usually occur once a year, they are usually formed by north-westerly winds blowing from Saudi Arabia across the Dubai desert and can last for several days.
You can check the weather forecast here.
Dubai Hotels in January
Premier Inn Dubai Silicon Oasis
The Premier Inn Dubai Silicon Oasis is an affordable three-star hotel situated near Dubai Airport. This hotel features a restaurant, bar, lounge, outdoor swimming pool and complimentary wireless Internet.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
On the other hand the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is an exclusive five-star resort, which is recognised as one of the most famous hotels in the world. The hotel offers a wide array of leisure facilities including a scuba diving centre, five swimming pools and unlimited access to the Wild Wadi Water Park.
Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Al Jaddaf
The Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Al Jaddaf has a number of luxurious self-catering apartments complete with a living room, dining area and fully equipped kitchen. Guests can also take advantage of the daily breakfast available at the on site restaurant.
Holiday Inn Express Dubai Safa Park
The Holiday Inn Express Dubai Safa Park offers comfortable and familiar accommodation for just £54 per night. The downtown location is convenient for sightseeing and beaches and is a mere 15 minute taxi ride from Dubai International Airport. A free continental breakfast is available for guests each morning.
Beaches in Dubai for January
Jebel Ali Beach
Jebel Ali Beach is a long beach located next to the Jebel Ali Beach Resort. Unlike many other beaches in Dubai this place is free to access. This beach is particularly popular with water sports enthusiasts as there are a wealth of activities available including jet skiing and kite surfing.
Jumeirah Beach Residence
Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the whole of Dubai. This is a free to use beach that doesn’t offer many facilities like toilets or showers, however a number of cafes and shops are within walking distance.
Club Mina is a large beach club located in front of the Barasti and the Westin. The club offers a 500m sandy beach, five outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a gym, volleyball, basketball and water sports. It’s best to arrive early if you want to bag a prime spot by one of the pools.
One ; Only Royal Mirage Palace
If you choose to stay at the One ; Only Royal Mirage Palace you will have access to a beautiful one-kilometer long private beach. There are a number of water sports on offer here such as water-skiing and speedboat rides.
Bars and Restaurants
Tagine is a Moroccan restaurant located at the One ; Only Mirage in Dubai. This place offers the finest Moroccan cuisine, served up in a Moroccan-themed room. If you visit this place once you will definitely want to return.
For a special occasion you may want to visit At.mosphere found on the 122nd floor in the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. This eatery serves modern European cuisine; also if you plan your trip at the right time, Michelin-starred guest chefs appear in the kitchen including the famous Philippe Etchebest.
Champions Sports Bar
The Champions Sports Bar, located in the JW Marriott, found next to the Hamarain Shopping Center is an excellent place to watch major live sporting events such as the Barclays Premier League and boxing matches.
Barasti Bar is located at the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. It’s one of the most popular bars in Dubai where you can go to relax on a hot afternoon with a cool drink. This place also serves international food throughout the day – from fish and chips to rib eye steak.
Things to do in Dubai in January
The Dubai Museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of showcasing the traditional way of life in Dubai and the Middle East. The museum includes local artifacts and several dioramas showing life in the emirates before the advent of oil.
If you fancy a bit of retail therapy head to the Gold Souk located in the heart of Dubai’s commercial district. This is the largest retail gold market in the world, selling anything from ingots to intricately worked jewellery at bargain prices.
Burj Al Arab
One of Dubai’s most iconic symbols is the Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs), which is the world’s only 7 star hotel, designed to resemble a billowing sail. No trip to Dubai would be complete without at least seeing this stunning building!