Everything you need to know about visiting Dubai in October
October is when Dubai starts to see a glimpse of a return to the milder days of winter. Outdoor seasonal events and al fresco dining venues around the city begin to dust off their covers and re-emerge from the summer heat, ready for a busy new winter season.
Is October a good time to visit Dubai? Weather in October
The start of the month is still extremely hot in Dubai, and you should expect temperatures in excess of 40°C/104°F. However, by month-end, the humidity starts to drop, and the air temperature cools significantly, giving way to bearable outside heat during the day.
The average daytime high you should expect in October is 35.6°C/96°F.
Average sea temperatures drop down to around 31°C/76°F, which is great for swimming, but the ground will still be very hot (i.e. the sand still scorches your feet!!)
Dubai Special Events October 2023
- Fans of Shakespeare can see Macbeth on board the QE2 on October 6th, 2023.
- Take the little ones to see Cinderella, a bite-size ballet performance at the Zabeel Theatre on the 22nd of October.
- Extravagant rockers Kiss will bring their ‘End of the Road’ tour to the Coca-Cola arena on the 13th of October, 2023.
- Boy band fans get set to enjoy iconic favourites including Blue, Five, and Boyzlife in a one-off event, The Boys are Back in Town at Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Stadium.
- The Coca-Cola Arena will also host Phillipino folk band Ben & Ben on the 14th of October, rapper Sean Paul on the 21st of October, and Indian singing sensation Neha Kakkar on the 22nd of October.
- British MC and rapper Dizzie Rascal will be performing live at the Emirates Golf Club on Saturday 28th of October.
- Mai Dubai City Half Marathon – a return of the outdoor sporting events calendar kicks off with this 5km/10km/21km event through the city streets on 29th October 2023
Note that many schools locally take a mid-term break towards the end of October; this can be a few days or a full week. It shouldn’t make attractions significantly busier, but you will see more families out and about mid-week. When many European schools take a break at the end of October, it can also increase crowds in Dubai.
You can find a complete guide to all the best events in Dubai in 2023 here, or take a forward look to the 2024 Dubai events calendar
Suggested Dubai Activities in October
As it’s still pretty hot outside, we’re all about keeping our cool in October, but we don’t need to be trapped all day indoors. It’s a great time of year to enjoy the beaches and water parks when the air temperatures not so stifling and the water temperatures are beautifully warm.
Top Tip: If you stay at Atlantis the Palm then your hotel stay will include your entry to Aquaventure!
Top Tip: Guest staying at any of the Jumeriah Hotels can get tickets to Wild Wadi Water Park, attached to Jumeirah Beach Hotel
- Ripe Market will make its triumphant outdoor seasonal return at Academy Park on 14 October 2023. This is one of winter’s hottest local hangouts, from fresh food to handicrafts and family activities.
- It’s also an ideal time to enjoy the city’s beach clubs that hit back into full swing with the cooling days. You can see our complete collection of favourite Dubai Beach Clubs offering day passes here.
Enjoy afternoon tea at the city’s most iconic building, the acclaimed “7 Star” Burj Al Arab. You’ll need to save your pennies for one of Dubai’s most luxurious dining options at Skyview Bar & Restaurant.
October Day Trips from Dubai
Abu Dhabi has thrown its borders back open to domestic travel, which moves it right back to the top of our suggested day trips from Dubai.
Easy to reach either public bus, or by private tour or transfer; here’s what you can expect to find in the neighbouring capital:
- You can see the “Big 3” Cultural sites in Abu Dhabi on a single day trip tour from Dubai; the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and Qasr al Watan, the Presidential Palace.
- The “Big 3” theme parks of Yas Island – namely Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterpark, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and now the brand new SeaWorld Abu Dhabi!
Some suggested day tour operators that will help you with transfers to Abu Dhabi:
- Take a trip to the highest point in the UAE! As the daytime temperatures drop away a little, plan an early morning visit to Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK).
- While you’re there, take on the longest zipline in the world! Jebel Jais Flight will see you soaring up to 150km/hr through the Hajar Mountains. There’s also the Jais Sky Tour and the Jais Sky Maze for adrenaline-seekers to try their hand at and make it a full day in the mountains. At the peak, you are approximately 2.5 hours away from Dubai.
Dubai with kids in October
Family activities are back in full swing in Dubai. It is still quite hot for outdoor adventures, but by October, first thing in the morning and early evening are pleasant enough to be out.
If you’ve already tackled some water park fun, as we mentioned above, and looking for something new, why not try:
- Aventura Parks – a tree surfing and ziplining adventure through the Ghaf trees of Mushrif Park. A floodlit option is available to enjoy the park in the evenings.
- October is the perfect time to enjoy the best public beaches in Dubai.
- Kite Beach is another local favourite for a simple splash, to join in some water sports, or to combine a day at the beach with a picnic in the park at the popular outdoor spot Al Mamzar Beach Park.
- A trip to Dubai isn’t complete without experiencing Dubai Global Village. This evening extravaganza is due to return in late October 2023 to brighten Dubai evenings once more with a taste of food, dance, and shopping from around the world.
- Dubai Garden Glow and Miracle Garden Dubai are also expected to re-open by month-end. We eagerly await opening dates for these seasonal events!
More frequently asked questions about Dubai in October
Yes! We’d argue one of the best months if you really like your heat. The edge has gone from the peak of summer, but you’ll still find the days are hot and the evenings are mild.
If you are a little averse to the heat, though, we’d recommend you restrict travel to the UAE between November and March.
Dubai starts October with average daytime highs of 42°C/108°F, dropping to highs of 32°C/90°F by month-end. It is the month you’ll experience the biggest drop in temperature as the country transitions around mid-month from the summer heat to the milder winter months. You can learn more about Dubai’s weather in October here.
October temperatures can’t really be described as cold. You’ll find average lows during the month overnight of 24.5°C/76°F.
It is quite unusual – though not unheard of – for rain to occur in Dubai in October. No need to pack an umbrella, but it can happen. If it does rain in Dubai, it usually leaves as quick as it arrives.
Dubai doesn’t really follow traditional seasons – more a long hot summer and a mild winter starting from October. Based in the Northern Hemisphere, October could be said to be fall/autumn in Dubai.
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