Dubai does not need an introduction. Home to the tallest building in the world as well as the largest manmade island on earth, Dubai is the owner of several world records. Moreover, Dubai is constantly planning and developing unique structures, buildings, and attractions that people have never seen before. Apart from all these, the city hosts some interesting events and festivals throughout the year. Hence, a holiday in Dubai is something that people look forward to. But as Dubai has hot and humid weather throughout the year, it is important to know the best time to visit the place. The months between November and March are considered ideal for a Dubai holiday. Here, we talk about the experience of visiting Dubai in January.

Dubai Weather in January

Dubai Weather in January

Weather-wise, January is a great time to visit Dubai. November to March is the winter season in Dubai. The weather during these months is mellow. While the daytime in January is pleasant, the evenings and nights can be a bit chilly. The maximum temperature in January is around 25oC, while the minimum is around 14oC. While the possibility of sunshine is greater, there is still a small chance of rainfall in Dubai. Overall, January’s climate is pleasantly cool, making it one of the best times to visit the city.

Why You Should Travel to Dubai in January

Apart from the climate, several other reasons make January a great time to visit Dubai.

  • One of the most popular reasons to visit Dubai in January is the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), the biggest shopping festival in the world.
  • After the tourist crowds in December for the Christmas and New Year holidays, January is less crowded, as schools and offices around the world open during this month.
  • Several seasonal attractions like Dubai Garden Glow, Dubai Miracle Garden, etc., remain open during this time.
  • As the climate is pleasant, January is a great time to visit all the outdoor attractions, including beaches, gardens, and water parks.
  • Besides the Dubai Shopping Festival, you can witness several other interesting events in January.

Things to do in Dubai in January

Dubai Shopping Festival:


The Dubai Shopping Festival is definitely the best thing to do in Dubai in January. The festival usually begins in December and goes on until mid-January. Although Global Village Dubai is where most of the action lies, almost all shopping malls and stores in the city are part of the Dubai Shopping Festival. Amazing deals, heavy discounts, and fabulous prizes await you at this amazing festival.

Watch the Dubai Shopping Festival Drone Light Show:

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As the fourth edition of this striking light show makes a come-back on Bluewaters Island as well as the Beach, don’t miss it! It is the most stunning and longest-of-its-kind show in the Middle East. See the country’s enlightening past come to life as you witness the spectacularly choreographed 3D animations. There will be special fireworks display to add to its splendor. It is a free attraction that will take place every evening (from 19:00 hrs) until January 14, 2024.

Dubai Expo City:

The legendary venue of Dubai Expo 2020 has now turned into a full-on leisure, entertainment, and educational platform with tons of things to do and experience. You can visit its four iconic pavilions (Alif, Women’s, Terra, and Vision), delight in the surreal water feature, ride the Expo train, take your kids to its several playgrounds, and mostly watch the stunning Al Wasl shows. Make sure you visit the Winter City at Expo City before it ends on January 7, 2024.

Dubai Desert Classic:

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If you are a golf enthusiast, this is something you should not miss. The European golf tour has been held at the Majlis course at Emirates Golf Course since 1989. This tournament usually happens in January, and the course has hosted some of the stalwarts of golf, including Paul Casey, David Howell, Richard Green, Tiger Woods, etc. The prize money of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic is USD 9,000,000. It will take place from January 18 to January 21, 2024.

Skydiving Dubai:

Skydiving Dubai

January is a great time to go skydiving in Dubai. You can choose between two locations for sky diving: the Desert or the Palm Jumeirah zone. If you are a novice, you can tandem skydive with a professional, where you would be tied to a professional diver when you jump from 13,000 feet above the ground. Besides promising you the rush of a lifetime, this adventure treats you to the grandest and most unobstructed views over the region’s iconic sights. Know more about this epic adventure with our exclusive skydive Dubai guide.

Hot Air Balloon Ride:


For a romantic experience in Dubai, head to the desert early in the morning for a hot air balloon ride. This experience starts really early while it is still dark so that you can enjoy a gorgeous sunrise while floating above the vast desert dunes. This is also a great way to check out the unique flora and fauna of the desert. A hot air balloon ride mostly ends with a traditional Emirati breakfast.

Desert Safari:


The desert safari in Dubai is something that you should not miss. The desert safari gives you the chance to experience adventure and entertainment at the same time. From a thrilling dune bashing session to a delicious BBQ dinner, you can expect to have a fun-packed evening in the desert. You also get to know more about the culture and heritage of the Emiratis during the desert safari. There is also a morning safari and an overnight desert safari. Whichever you prefer, we have the most ideal, safety-verified desert safari packages at your disposal.


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Limo Tour:

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It lets you take in Dubai’s marvelous sights with a dash of luxury. You can sign up for a limousine tour on an hourly basis, which ranges from one-hour limousine and two-hour limousine to four-hour limousine tours. All limo packages provide access to a high-performance limousine, complete with top-end comforts as well as the services of a friendly chauffeur.

Dhow Cruise:


With cool ambience and pleasant weather, it is hard to complete a Dubai trip in January without going on a dhow cruise. It lets you have a striking sightseeing cruise experience aboard a traditional Arabian dhow, with buffet dining and live entertainment. You can choose your cruise location at Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina. Now if you wish to spruce up your cruise adventure, sign up for 1 Hours Yacht Rental Dubai!

Places to See in Dubai in January

Burj Khalifa:


The Burj Khalifa is a place that you must definitely visit in Dubai. It is the tallest building in the world, and the observation deck (on the 124th or 148th floor) gives you an incredible view of the entire city. However, it is best to avoid sunrise visits to the Burj Khalifa in January, as early mornings tend to be foggy during this month. On the other hand, a visit during the sunset would give you the chance to see the city both day and night.

Dubai Miracle Garden:


Visit Dubai Miracle Garden to see the world’s largest natural flower garden up close! The largest natural flower garden in the world, the Dubai Miracle Garden is a seasonal attraction that is open from October to April. A visit to this marvelous garden would give you the chance to see more than 150 million colorful flowers and plants. Moreover, the way these flowers are arranged makes it even more fantastic. Walk around the garden to see your favorite Disney characters arranged with flowers. There is also a floral clock, a floral Emirates A380, and several floral castles and houses here. With so much to see and experience here, be sure to check out our Miracle Garden Dubai guide.

Dubai Garden Glow:

Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow is another seasonal attraction that is open in January. While the park has several zones, the Glow Park is the most amazing. Here you will find several interesting models that are made with eco-friendly materials. But the highlight of these structures is that they glow in the dark. Some other attractions of the park are the Dinosaur Park, Art Park, Ice Park, and Magic Park. Visit this park in the evening to enjoy its many delights.


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Love Lake:

Love Lake Dubai, located in the middle of the Arabian Desert, is another seasonal attraction in Dubai. With its isolated and blissful settings, this interlocked, heart-shaped lake is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts, outdoorsy people, and, of course, those who are romantic at heart.

Dubai Parks and Resorts:

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As you are not subjected to the scorching heat of Dubai in January, it is a great time to visit the theme parks. If you are confused, the Dubai Parks and Resorts is a good place to start. The park is home to two theme parks and a water park. The theme parks here are Motiongate Dubai (based on the Hollywood theme) and LEGOLAND Dubai (the LEGO-based theme park). You can also have a fun time at the LEGOLAND Water Park here.

Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park:


A visit to one of the water parks of Dubai is also a good idea while holidaying in the city in January. One of the best water parks in the city is Atlantis Aquaventure. Located inside the premises of Hotel Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah, the Atlantis Aquaventure is home to some thrilling and unique water rides and slides. You also get access to a private beach, where you can indulge in water sports, beach games, and a beautiful sunset while sipping on your favorite drink. With various Atlantis Water Park tickets, you can pair a visit to the other attractions in the vicinity, such as the Lost Chamber Aquarium and Dolphin Bay.

3D World Selfie Museum Dubai:


3D World Selfie Museum Dubai is one of the emirate’s latest attractions where you can have immersive fun and entertainment. It is the first-of-its-kind in the region and one of the world’s largest 3D museums. As the name specifies, it gives you the ultimate chance to discover the world of mind-bending yet marvelous trick art and optical illusions.

Dubai Safari Park:

An eco-friendly wildlife park, the Dubai Safari Park is home to more than 2500 animals amongst 250 species. This safari park is divided into four zones: African Village, Arabian Desert Safari, Asian Village, and Explorer Village. Apart from checking out the various animals at the park, you get to indulge in some interesting experiences like bird feeding, elephant feeding, giraffe feeding, safari journeys, etc. The place also has a Kids Farm, the Grand Aviary, and a Wadi.

Top Tips to Travel to Dubai in January

  • Although it is winter in January in Dubai, it is essential to apply sunscreen before stepping out during the day.
  • Add insurance to your Dubai package, as it allows you to spend your holiday with absolute peace of mind.
  • Do not forget to drink lots of water and keep yourself hydrated at all times.
  • Save on your Dubai holiday by booking your hotel accommodation, airline tickets, transfers, etc., in advance.
  • Visit the region’s top attractions like Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and Dubai Miracle Garden during the weekdays to avoid crowds.
  • Exchange currency and buy a Dubai SIM card at the airport, which lets you have a hassle-free holiday.

What to Wear on a January Visit to Dubai

Dubai has pleasant weather in January. So, you can carry lightweight, cotton clothes to wear during the day while in Dubai. But, for your evening and night outings in the city, make sure you carry a jacket or stole, as the temperature will be relatively cooler. Apart from these, wear modest clothes on your visit to the region’s conservation and religious places of interest. If you plan to spend more time outdoors and involve more walking or intense activities in your travel program, wear a comfy pair of shoes, apply sunscreen with at least 30 SPF, and shield your eyes and faces against harmful UV rays with sunglasses and hats.

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Dubai in January?

January is a part of Dubai’s peak season. You can look forward to spending somewhere from AED 6,000 to AED 9,000 for a Dubai holiday (that lasts three to four days) this month, depending on your preferences. That said, you can maximize your holiday savings by booking airline tickets, accommodations, sightseeing tours, safaris, cruises, transfers, etc., well in advance, at least three to four months before your Dubai vacation in January.

Must-Try Food in January

Dubai is a foodies’ haven year-round, and January is no exception. With events and attractions like Dubai Shopping Festival and Global Village Dubai in full swing this month, you can make the most of the city’s multicultural culinary scene. From local delights like shawarma, kunafa, and falafel to favorites like KFC, pizzas, and burgers to delicious Asian and Mediterranean flavors, you can try it all here. You can enjoy waterfront dining, take a dinner cruise, and even dine in the desert. If you want to take your dining experience to new heights, sign up for a Dinner in the Sky or Flying Cup session, which promises a sky-high dining adventure amid clouds.

Where to Stay in Dubai in January

Dubai boasts accommodation choices that cater to every requirement and price point. Visitors who are here to splurge are in for a treat, with hotels and resorts as luxurious and out-of-the-world as the all-suite Burj Al Arab, Atlantis, The Palm, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, and the Ritz Carlton. Mid-priced hotels are available in Dubai’s Bur Dubai and Deira regions, and serviced apartments make a cost-effective alternative for those who don’t want to spend a fortune on their Dubai holiday. If you plan to use public transport to get around in Dubai, stay in a hotel close to a metro station or a bus station.

Top Things to Pack for a Dubai Trip in January

Depending on the attractions and activities included in your Dubai program, you can pack the following:

  • T-shirts, shorts, and lightweight dresses ideal for the daytime exploration of the city
  • Modest dresses, especially if you plan to attractions like mosques
  • Lightweight and jacket (for evening outings)
  • Camera and smartphones
  • Medicine prescription and first-aid kit
  • Suitable adapters
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1. Is January a good time to visit Dubai?

Yes, January is one of the best months to visit Dubai as the climate is quite pleasant during this time of the year.

2. Is Dubai busy in January?

Dubai is not crowded in January as compared to December.

3. Can I experience rainfall in Dubai in January?

Yes, there is a slight chance of rain in Dubai in January. However, they do not usually last for a long time.

4. Is traveling to Dubai in January ideal for outdoor activities?

Yes, January is the best month to indulge in outdoor activities in Dubai. You can explore the outdoor attractions and try the outdoor activities without experiencing the harsh heat of Dubai during the summer.

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With a lot of things to do in Dubai, January is quite an exciting time to visit the emirate. To have a hassle-free Dubai holiday, make sure to book all your tickets in advance.

Rezmin is passionate about traveling and curating content about history, traditions and other intriguing aspects that make a place attractive. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fictional books sprinkled with inspiration, humor and enthusiasm.

  • 22 thoughts on “Dubai in January 2024 – Everything you Need to Know
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      I am thinking of visiting Dubai next month. Just want to know whether February is a peak season, and will I be able to enjoy Dubai in budget?

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        Yes! February is a peak season since it is winter in Dubai. However, it is possible to enjoy Dubai in budget if you do your research or contact a reputed tour operator for budget tour packages.

    2. Avatar for Rezmin

      This blog has provided me with essential information for visiting Dubai when its weather is tolerable. And winter season is suitable time. Are there any festival or special celebrations held in Dubai in February 2024 so that I can plan accordingly?

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        Dubai celebrates lots of festivals and events throughout the year. And in February 2024, it is celebrating “UNTOLD” festival, a music extravaganza, which will be held at the Expo City. So, be in Dubai from 15 to 18 February.

    3. Avatar for Rezmin

      I enjoyed the blog. You have covered everything that any traveller would like to know about visiting Dubai during the winter season.

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      I want to experience Dubai from the height. And Skydiving and Hot Air Balloon Ride seems to be perfect for the kind of adventure I am looking for. Thanks for highlighting these two experiences in the blog.

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        You are right! Skydiving and Hot Air Balloon can give you an adrenaline rush and allow you to take in panoramic views of Dubai from the height.

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      What are the dates of Dubai Shopping Festival in 2024?

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      This is the perfect blog I have read that highlights the purpose of a Dubai visit focussing on just one month.

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      I am looking forward to visiting the Dubai Expo City and the Dubai Shopping Festival in 2023.

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      Is there a need to step out with an umbrella due to the likelihood of rainfall in Dubai in January?

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      This blog provides good reasons to visit Dubai in January. The weather is pleasant which makes it perfect to enjoy outdoor activities. Moreover, there is also a chance to shop and win attractive deals, offers, and prizes during the Dubai Shopping Festival.

    10. Avatar for Rezmin

      One of the best reasons to visit Dubai in January is the Dubai Shopping Festival. We were lucky to have won a few prizes against shopping during this mega shopping event last year.

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      We have enjoyed almost all the things in Dubai in January expect the Marathon and the Gold tournament. And we have to say that the temperature in Dubai is quite pleasant in January.

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      I vacationed in Dubai for the New Year and my stay extended to the first week of January. I felt the temperature is quite bearable. I and my family took full advantage of whatever Dubai had in offer for the New Year. W enjoyed the Dubai Shopping Festival and got lucky to win a few prices in a raffle.

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