With so many beautiful beaches and seaside activities to check out, Dubai is as much a summer destination as it is a cultural one. Its waters are just as versatile as its other attractions.
Fortunately, Dubai’s climate means that the sea is actually quite pleasant to visit all-year round! Still, if you want to make the most out of your travel and swimming excursion, then read on below:
Visit Dubai in Spring!
Springtime in Dubai starts from March to April and this is one of the best times to visit the city to enjoy different outdoor activities, which includes swimming. You can also visit around May, in case you want your water to be a little warmer.
You have multiple options to choose from for your springtime swim. For starters, we recommend you to visit the Dubai Marina first.
The Dubai Marina
The Dubai Marina is set within an exclusive neighbourhood covering two miles of beautiful sand and blue water near the Arabian Gulf. You might recognise it from the array of yachts and boats docked in its harbour.
When it comes to swimming, the Dubai Marina Beach is one of your best options in the city. The place receives a good number of tourists every year, indulging in activities like swimming, sunbathing, and even some watersports.
You can also make the most out of the nice weather and take a stroll along the Dubai Marina Walk. It’s a vibrant destination with a view of the Jumeirah Beach nearby.
Aside from that, you can also enjoy a whole host of street shows and performances at the Cobblestone Boulevard. You can even catch an energetic dance performance in this spacious part of the Marina Walk.
What about Swimming in the Summer?
Swimming during the summer is still good in Dubai. The water temperatures don’t rise as much compared to the spring and some swimmers may even prefer the slightly warmer temperatures for their swims.
However, it can be a lot more difficult to explore Dubai outdoors during the summertime. Prolonged exposure to the intense heat can result in some nasty sunburns or worse, heat stroke.
Nonetheless, there are some advantages to visiting Dubai in the summertime beyond just having warmer waters for swimming. If you can handle the outdoor heat and sun, here are some advantages for visiting Dubai at its hottest.
Savings on Accommodations
Staying in top hotels can be quite expensive, given Dubai’s penchant for luxury accommodation. However, the prices of hotel accommodations tend to drop down during the summertime, given the decreased volume of customers.
Not only that, a lot of hotels may even throw in some very nice add-ons such as complementary spa sessions, upgraded suites, or even complimentary meals as a means to attract tourists and customers.
Seasoned shoppers in Dubai may say that the winter seasons are the best shopping seasons due to its festivals; you can find stores offering off-season discounts during the summertime.
You can take a stroll at the Dubai Mall and look for marked down items, or even find some nice gifts and souvenirs by the Jumeirah Beach Walk, while enjoying the good seaside facade along the way.
Introverted tourists may also appreciate the smaller crowds during the summer, provided they don’t mind the summer heat that comes with it. This ironically makes it the best season to visit Dubai for some peace and tranquillity.
If you wish to kick back and relax near the water, you can even go on a luxury cruise on the Arabian Gulf, via a good ship with spacious rooms, bars, and assorted rest and entertainment services.
Have Fun at the Aquaventure Waterpark!
Summertime is also a great time to take your friends to just have fun at the Aquaventure Waterpark! It is the largest waterpark in the world, featuring 105 different rides and waterslides across three towers as well as a whole host of other play areas.
It is located next to Atlantis, the Palm, and is best visited during the summertime months since it’s one of the more fun places to cool off from the heat.
You can dive and face your fears at the Leap of Faith; a 27.5 metre plunge through a clear tube surrounded by sharks and rays to add to the adrenaline rush.
Or if you prefer to go through the experience as a group, the Zoomerango offers a range of sensations from sudden drops to vertical zooms all the while you and your friends have fun in a six-seater tube as you go down the 156-metre long slide.
There’s no need to worry if you have kids who aren’t up to the more extreme rides either. Aquaventure has different kids play areas for them to enjoy in the water.
Swimming in the Winter?
Winter time is indeed one of the best times to visit Dubai for outdoor activities . Shopping festivals take place during the colder months as well.
However, while the seas may not reach freezing temperatures just yet, the water does become just a bit cold and the waves a bit rougher. It may not be the best time for leisurely swimming in the open water.
In this case, you may want to try swimming in Dubai’s popular indoor swimming facilities. Here are some of the best options to try out:
Hamdan Sports Complex
If you’re looking to get a workout for sporting events, then the Hamdan Sports Complex is a good place to check out. They have two swimming pools, both complying with Olympic standards so you can get all the workout you need.
Burj Al Arab
In case you find yourself staying at the Burj Al Arab, you can take a dip into their luxurious infinity pool. You can relax in the water while also viewing almost the whole of Dubai outside.
Visitors can also check out the Talise Spa, which is near an indoor pool and also offers a jacuzzi, sauna, plunge pool, and a steam room.
In case you’re not quite keen on leaving the seaside aesthetic, you can visit the indoor pool at the Bulgari Hotel. This 25-metre long pool looks straight out to the sea, giving you the added immersion of swimming with the wildlife outside.
Any time can be swimming time in Dubai should you want it to. While there are differences between the various seasons, the seas remain temperature all throughout the year.
Nonetheless, knowing the difference between the different seasons of Dubai will do wonders for you to know what other activities you can try in addition to just hitting the waters for a quick swim.
We hope you enjoy your visit! And if you’re visiting for the first time, here’s a small list of some fun activities to do in Dubai.