Dubai Holidays in October

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Dubai is a fantastic city to visit at any time of the year, but October stands out for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the children are back in school, so prices tend to be much more favourable than in the middle of summer. Secondly, Dubai’s weather is still fantastic in October, with temperatures usually in the low to mid 30’s. The sea is also at its warmest in October although, in all fairness, the Persian Gulf is warm all year round.

If you’re considering a holiday to Dubai in October then this article should answer any questions you might have!

What’s the weather like?

In a nutshell, hot! October tends to see little to no rain in the United Arab Emirates, and average temperatures for Dubai range from a high of 36°C to a low of 25°C. We’ve included an ‘at-a-glance’ table below showing how Dubai’s climate in October compares to other popular holiday destinations:

Destination Average High Average Low Expected Rainfall
Dubai, UAE 36°C 25°C Little to none
London, UK 16°C 10°C 10 days
Rome, Italy 22°C 12°C 7 days
Marrakech, Morocco 28°C 15°C 1 day
The Maldives 30°C 26°C 7 days
Orlando, Florida 29°C 20°C 5 days

In terms of Dubai’s daylight hours in October, expect sunrise at around 6:15 and sunset just before 6pm.

Will I need a coat?

With little to no rain and lows of 25 it’s highly unlikely, but we would advise packing a light coat if you’re considering an overnight trip into the desert since it can get a little nippy after dark.

How much cheaper is Dubai out of the school holidays?

We looked at three of our best selling hotels in Dubai and – on average – prices for a family of four were 26% cheaper outside of school holidays. Just another reason to book an October holiday in Dubai!

What events are on in October?

If you’re a theatre or opera lover then Dubai has plenty of big shows coming in October. Ghost The Musical is running from the 9th to 13th October at the Dubai Opera, and is followed at the end of the month by Swan Lake. More details about both of the shows can be found on the Dubai Opera website.

Those of you looking for something a bit more contemporary might be interested to know that trip-hop pioneers Morcheeba are also playing at Dubai Opera, on Wednesday 31st October.

Where can I find the best hotel deals?

On Best at Travel of course! Here are some of our top deals for October 2018, with prices correct at the time of writing:


Best for Luxury

Hotel: Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah

Basis: Bed & Breakfast, 7 nights

Flying From: London Gatwick

Dates: 3rd October 2018 to 10th October 2018

Price: From £5,152 per person, based on two sharing

Star Rating: Five star plus (marketed as seven star)

What can we say about the Burj Al Arab that hasn’t already been said? Probably the most luxurious hotel in the world, and indeed the only one marketed as seven stars, the property features ceiling-to-floor aquariums, dancing fountains and even 24-carat gold iPads offered to guests at check-in!


Best for Smaller Budgets

Hotel: The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah

Basis: Bed & Breakfast, 7 nights

Flying From:  London Gatwick

Dates: 10th October 2018 to 17th October 2018

Price:  From £638 per person, based on two sharing.

Star Rating: Five star

The Cove Rotana is a luxury, five-star resort sitting on a 600 metre stretch of beachfront overlooking the Arabian Gulf in Ras Al Khaimah. The resort is also popular with families and features a dedicated children’s pool and kids’ club.


Best for Families

Hotel: Fairmont Ajman

Basis: Full Board Plus, 7 Nights

Flying From: London Heathrow

Dates: 3rd October 2018 to 10th October 2018

Price: From £962 per person, based on four sharing.

Star Rating: Five star

Fairmont Ajman is set on a 200 metre stretch of beach and offers specialised kids’ menus, a kids’ club, beach toys and a dedicated children’s pool.


For even more options be sure to check out our full list of Dubai Holidays here.

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