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The climate of United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is a country that consists of seven Emirates. It is located on the Persian Gulf on the north eats coast of the Arab peninsula. The climate in the Emirates is very much the same throughout the year. It ranges from warm (winter) to very warm (spring and autumn) to extremely hot (summer). There is little chance of precipitation, a relatively high humidity and lots of sunshine. Even the sea water is over 30 degrees Celsius during the summer.


Climate information of places and areas in United Arab Emirates
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific information about weather and climate can be found on the climate pages per area or town. As for U.A.E. the following climate information is available:

Abu Dhabi
Al Ain
Jebel Ali
Jumeirah Beach
Palm Islands
Ras Al Kaimah
Umm al-Qaiwain

The only way to make life bearable in the Emirates is by air-conditioning. Especially during the summer air-conditioning is a must. Going outside during the day is hardly bearable. During the months of July and August temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius are not uncommon. The heat in combination with high humidity figures make for an extremely muggy feel and you will find that your body is almost unable to lose the heat.

Faint sunshine
The high humidity often can be seen. During the sunset many shades of red, purple and orange can be seen because of the moist air. During the day the skies are less bright than you expect them to be, the sunshine is faint which can cause you to underestimate the UV-index. During these kinds of days tourists often need to get treated because of sunburn.

Precipitation is very rare in the Emirates. However, because of the change in climate nowadays it frequently rains for several days in a row. The amount of rain is very low on a yearly basis. The chance that your holiday in the Emirates gets spoiled by the rain is very small.

Chances of snow in the United Arab Emirates are so slim that it is hard to find reports on this. However, snowfall is possible, but it happens only a few times per century. This phenomenon is so rare that local dialects have no word for snow. To see snow the local residents have to go to a covered ski track. In the end of January 2009 20 centimeters of snow fell on the 1737 meter high mountain of Al-Jees. This mountain is situated at 25 kilometers north east of the Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah. On Friday 23 January 2009 this region had an all time record low of minus 3 degrees Celsius. The next day temperatures didnít rise above freezing point either. The successor to the throne Prince Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi personally went to see this extreme phenomenon with his own eyes.


Climate figures
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records and are an average for the Emirates. Note that local deviations may occur.

temperature (įC)


temperature (įC)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (įC)
January 24 14 8 2 23
February 25 15 8 3 23
March 28 17 8 3 24
April 33 20 10 2 25
May 37 23 11 0 29
June 39 26 11 0 31
July 41 29 10 0 32
August 42 30 10 0 33
September 39 26 10 0 32
October 35 23 10 0 31
November 31 18 9 0 28
December 26 15 8 2 25
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we monthly offer useful extra climate information.

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sunny days


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