Out of the seven emirates that make up the U.A.E., one is Dubai. This is a city of skyscrapers, swimming pools, and golf courses rising out in middle of a desert. When traveling to Dubai, dressing for its arid desert climate and keeping Islamic tradition in mind can be a little challenging. Even though it is a little liberal as compared to other emirates, you must know what to wear in Dubai, so that you don’t offend anyone here or disrespect your hosts’ culture.
Weather of Dubai
This famous city holds a reputation of being too hot and sunny. Temperatures in the 40s are very common here and even the winter nights experience temperatures in the teens. Its climate is desert-like; in fact, it is more of an arid subtropical climate.
Summer – Summers see extremely hot and uncomfortable temperatures in Dubai, with June to September being the hottest months of the year. Temperature does keep changing, but never falls below 30s. Rainfall is also very low during these months; in fact, when averaged, it turns out to be negligible.
Winter – Winters see somewhat comfortable temperatures with a lot of rainfall. December to February have the nicest of temperatures with averages of 20 degrees C. It is an ideal time to visit if you are not accustomed to high temperatures. Winters also experience occasional rainfall which is sometimes heavy and sometimes just drizzles. These are also some of the most humid months of the year.
Spring & Autumn – Spring and autumn experience similar weather conditions like summer and winters, but are milder. Late spring and early autumn are very hot. Spring has chances of rainfall while autumn is relatively hot and dry.
The best part is that sea temperature remains above 20 degrees Celsius all year round, making it perfect to take a dip anytime.
What to Wear and How to Pack for Dubai?
More than what to wear here what matters is what not to wear in this city! Dressing right for Dubai could be quite a task but you can take a deep breath as the city is a cultural mashup. Three-quarters of its population is from countries outside U.A.E. Which provides leniency in the dressing over its neighbors. However, it is still an Islamic place and dressing modestly is the key here. Here are some suggestions on clothing:
Women – The city has some dress codes in public places and for your own sake you must follow them. Even though it is hot but bare shoulders and dresses above the knees are strict no here. No matter where you go, keep your shoulders covered with half-sleeve shirts and go for trousers or long skirts instead of shorts. Bikinis and shorts are meant for the beach only; don’t go shopping in them or walk around the city. As soon as you leave the beach, cover up! No tight clothing or see-through dresses, too.
Men – The dressing rules apply to men, too. Though you can have it easier than ladies, but only pack clothes that don’t disrespect their culture. First of all, bare chests in public are not allowed, so vests or shirtless strolling in the market isn’t acceptable. If you are going for shorts, the same should be up to the knees. We would still advise you to go for full-sleeve shirts and long trousers besides most of the places have AC here. Also make sure you don’t roam around in your swimwear away from the pool or beach. Dressing decently will help definitely help.
Kids – As it is hot, pack cotton clothes that are breathable. Avoid shorts and miniskirts and go for knee-length shorts or three-quarter pants. Don’t go sleeveless for your kids, too; you can opt for half-sleeves instead. Polo-neck T-shirts and shirts along with Bermuda shorts and chinos will work.
Footwear – Comfortable footwear is absolutely required in the city. Though transportation is great here, but you will still have to do a lot of walking; so, don’t go for heels; instead, you can keep wedges or flat ballets. Men can go for loafers and sandals. Suede shoes or leather ones will also do.
Accessories – Keep a Pashmina or scarf handy as it will help you cover up instantly. Sunglasses and hats will be required in summers while umbrellas will be required during winters.