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Visiting Dubai In May – The Definitive Guide

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A modern-day oasis, Dubai is among the most popular tourist destinations in the Middle East and for good reason too. Whether it’s the shimmering beach front, majestic sightseeing, shopping extravaganza, adrenaline-thumping adventure sports, or soothing drives on the desert sand, this dynamic city has something to offer for everyone. It is a great idea to visit Dubai in May as you’ll have to deal with lesser crowds and this will make it a pleasant experience to explore the various sights and sounds of the city.

What makes Dubai in May special?


Dubai in May
Dubai in May

  • Lesser tourist crowds: While attractions and tourist spots follow a different timing during the Ramadan season, they remain open. As such, you get to explore more of Dubai at your own pace, sans the regular tourist crowds.
  • The essence of Ramadan: By visiting Dubai during Ramadan, you’ll be able to see how this cosmopolitan city still manages to retain its traditional charm - not to mention the innumerable varieties of amazing food that will be up for grabs (during Iftars).
  • Economical accommodation rates: Since this is the beginning of the off-season, (even high-end) rooms are easily available and at generally cheaper rates compared to the peak tourist season.

Dubai Weather in May


May in Dubai marks the beginning of summer, with temperatures soaring to a sizzling 37°C and sometimes exceeding 42°C! The lows range from 24°C to 27°C with about 11 hours of sunshine. May is the best time to sunbathe in Dubai before peak summer heat hits the desert region.

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Dubai in May : Things to do


1

Burj Khalifa

Dubai in May - burj khalifa


A trip to Dubai would be incomplete without a visit to the world’s tallest building - the Burj Khalifa which stands at 828m. The massive skyscraper is both an engineering marvel and a work of art, and will surely leave you mesmerized. Visit the observation deck around sunset and witness a spectacular view of Dubai from atop.

May Timings
Sunrise - 5:30 AM – 8:00 AM
At The Top – 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Location

1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Getting There ›

Burj Khalifa: At the Top (Level 124 & 125)
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AED 149
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo + Burj Khalifa Combo
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AED 209
Burj Khalifa + Pastry & Coffee At The Café
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AED 169
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Sky with Coffee & Introdu...
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AED 383
Burj Khalifa At The Top + Dubai Aquarium + Desert...
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AED 340
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Sunrise + Breakfast (Leve...
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AED 154
Burj Khalifa: Sunset - At the Top (Level 124 & 125)
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AED 225
Burj Khalifa At The Top & Desert Safari Combo
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AED 325
2 Day Combo: Burj Khalifa + Desert Safari + Dubai ...
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AED 540
2 Day Combo: Burj Khalifa + Dubai Aquarium + Deser...
from
AED 446
Burj Khalifa: At the Top (Level 124 & 125)
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AED 149
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Sky with Coffee & Introdu...
from
AED 383
Burj Khalifa: Sunset - At the Top (Level 124 & 125)
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AED 225
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo + Burj Khalifa Combo
from
AED 209
Go Dubai Explorer Pass - Choose 3,4,5 or 7 Attract...
from
AED 654
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Sunrise + Breakfast (Leve...
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AED 154
Burj Khalifa + Pastry & Coffee At The Café
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AED 169
Burj Khalifa: At the Top & 3-Course Lunch at the A...
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AED 324
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Fast Track Access (Level ...
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AED 334
Dubai Fountain Show & Traditional Abra Lake Ride
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AED 72
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Sky with Coffee & Introdu...
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AED 383
Burj Khalifa: Fast Track Access + Dubai Aquarium C...
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AED 500
Burj Khalifa: At the Top & 3-Course Lunch at the A...
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AED 324
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Fast Track Access (Level ...
from
AED 334
Burj Khalifa: Sunset - At the Top (Level 124 & 125)
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AED 225
Sunset at Burj Khalifa At The Top + Dhow Creek Din...
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AED 299
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Fast Track Access (Level ...
from
AED 334
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo + Burj Khalifa Combo
from
AED 209
Burj Khalifa At The Top & Desert Safari Combo
from
AED 325
Burj Khalifa At The Top + Dubai Aquarium + Desert...
from
AED 340
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Sunrise + Breakfast (Leve...
from
AED 154
Burj Khalifa + Pastry & Coffee At The Café
from
AED 169
Burj Khalifa: At the Top & 3-Course Lunch at the A...
from
AED 324
Dubai City Tour, Aquarium & Burj Khalifa Tickets C...
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AED 320
Sunset at Burj Khalifa At The Top + Dhow Creek Din...
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AED 299
Burj Khalifa + Mission 828 VR
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AED 169
Burj Khalifa: At the Top Sky Lounge with Introduct...
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AED 608

2

Garden Glow

Dubai in may - garden glow


Dubai Garden Glow is a creative outdoor exhibition that features a glow-in-the-dark garden, a dinosaur park, an ice park, and an eco-friendly garden made of recyclable materials. This magical theme park is the brainchild of several engineers and the backdrop makes for some great pictures and selfies.

May Timings
Daily, 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM (open till 12 AM on Fridays)

Location

Zabeel Park, Gate No - 6 & 7 Area - B, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Getting There ›

3

Dubai Dolphinarium & Seal Show

Dubai in may - dubai dolphinarium


The Dubai Dolphinarium is a popular family entertainment where for 45 minutes, you can witness dolphins and seals come together to entertain crowds with some amazing acrobatics, dance, and juggling. You’ll be spellbound as you watch these creatures perform stunts and interact with the audience.

May Timings
Shows at 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM

Location

Riyadh Street, Umm Hurair 2, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
Getting There ›

Dubai Dolphinarium: Dolphin & Seal Show
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AED 75
Dubai Dolphinarium: Creek Park Exotic Bird Show
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AED 50
Dubai Dolphinarium: Swimming With Dolphins
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AED 450
Dubai Dolphinarium: Mirror Maze
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AED 17.33
Dubai Dolphinarium: Trampoline
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AED 19
Burj Khalifa: At the Top (Level 124 & 125) & Dolph...
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AED 277.98
Dubai Dolphinarium: Meet and Greet Dolphins
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AED 236

4

Evening Desert Safari

Dubai in May - Evening Desert safari


A desert safari in Dubai will acquaint you with the true essence of the Arab lifestyle - sand boarding, dune bashing, camel rides, feasting under the star-lit sky, and soulful dance and music performances. Experience all this and more with an evening Desert Safari and make plenty of cherishable memories.

May Timings
Evening/Overnight Desert Safari – 4:00 PM – 9:00 AM

Location

Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Getting There ›

Red Dune Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner & Live Ente...
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AED 79
Evening Desert Safari + Quad Biking + BBQ Dinner
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AED 149
Arabian Dune Desert Safari with Sandboarding, Came...
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AED 160
Premium Desert Safari at Dubai Desert Conservation...
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AED 220
Premium Red Dunes Desert Safari & Camel Safari wit...
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AED 235
Go Dubai Explorer Pass - Choose 3,4,5 or 7 Attract...
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AED 654
Red Dunes by Quad Bike, Camel Riding, Sandboarding...
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AED 321
Go Dubai All Inclusive Pass - Choose 2,3,4,5 or 7 ...
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AED 1099
Evening Camel Safari
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AED 429
Premium Overnight Red Dune Desert Safari with Dune...
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AED 413

5

Dhow Cruise

Dubai in may - dhow cruise


An experience that is unique to this part of the world, a Dhow Cruise involves getting aboard a traditional dhow with modern fittings and amenities and cruising along the calm waters of the Creek or the Marina (depending on your choice) for a few hours. While on board, you get to enjoy a sumptuous buffet meal and other refreshments with enjoyable Arabic music playing in the background along with commentary on the history of Dubai.

May Timings
Daily, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Location

Deira Creek Opposite Radisson Blue Hotel
Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Getting There ›

Dhow Dinner Cruise with Live Entertainment in Duba...
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AED 78
Alexandra Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai Marina with ...
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AED 159
Dubai Water Canal Cruise with Dinner
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AED 160
Dhow Dinner Cruise with Live Entertainment in Duba...
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AED 65
90-Minute Speedboat Tour: Marina, Atlantis, Palm &...
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AED 160
Bateaux Dinner Cruise with Free Drink
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AED 415
Marina Dinner Cruise with Live Music
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AED 260
Rustar Premium Dhow Dinner Cruise with Optional Al...
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AED 420
Marina Sunset Cruise with Live Music & Dinner Bufffet
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AED 210
2 Day Combo: Desert Safari + Dubai City Tour + Dho...
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AED 278
Dhow Dinner Cruise with Live Entertainment in Duba...
from
AED 78
Dhow Dinner Cruise with Live Entertainment in Duba...
from
AED 65
Rustar Premium Dhow Dinner Cruise with Optional Al...
from
AED 420
Go Dubai Explorer Pass - Choose 3,4,5 or 7 Attract...
from
AED 654
Dubai Creek Sightseeing Dhow Cruise
from
AED 59
Go Dubai All Inclusive Pass - Choose 2,3,4,5 or 7 ...
from
AED 1099
Bateaux Dinner Cruise with Free Drink
from
AED 415
Sunset at Burj Khalifa At The Top + Dhow Creek Din...
from
AED 299
2 Day Combo: Burj Khalifa + Desert Safari + Dubai ...
from
AED 540
2 Day Combo: Desert Safari + Dubai City Tour + Dho...
from
AED 278
Luxury Shared Yacht Tour
from
AED 260
Lotus Mega Yacht Weekend Brunch Cruise
from
AED 199
Lotus Mega Yacht Dinner Cruise
from
AED 199
Dubai Marina Sightseeing Dhow Cruise
from
AED 79
Alexandra Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai Marina with ...
from
AED 159
Marina Sunset Cruise with Live Music & Dinner Bufffet
from
AED 210
Marina Dinner Cruise with Live Music
from
AED 260
Go Dubai All Inclusive Pass - Choose 2,3,4,5 or 7 ...
from
AED 1099
99 Minutes, The Original Tour of Dubai Marina, Pal...
from
AED 271
Go Dubai Explorer Pass - Choose 3,4,5 or 7 Attract...
from
AED 654
Dubai Water Canal Cruise with Dinner
from
AED 160
The Yellow Boats: 60 Minutes Marnia Boat Tour
from
AED 175
Abra Ride in the Dubai Water Canal
from
AED 50
Dubai Creek Sightseeing Dhow Cruise
from
AED 59
Dubai Marina Sightseeing Dhow Cruise
from
AED 79
Abra Ride in the Dubai Water Canal
from
AED 50
Sunset at Burj Khalifa At The Top + Dhow Creek Din...
from
AED 299
Luxury Shared Yacht Tour
from
AED 260
Lotus Mega Yacht Weekend Brunch Cruise
from
AED 199
Rustar Premium Dhow Dinner Cruise with Optional Al...
from
AED 420
Dhow Dinner Cruise with Live Entertainment in Duba...
from
AED 78
Alexandra Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai Marina with ...
from
AED 159
Dubai Water Canal Cruise with Dinner
from
AED 160
2 Day Combo: Desert Safari + Dubai City Tour + Dho...
from
AED 278
Dhow Dinner Cruise with Live Entertainment in Duba...
from
AED 65
Luxury Shared Yacht Tour
from
AED 260
2 Day Combo: Burj Khalifa + Desert Safari + Dubai ...
from
AED 540

6

Skydive

Dubai in may - skydive


If you want to feel the wind in your hair as you freefall to the ground at 120 miles per hour, Skydive Dubai is the place to be. You can choose to be part of an electrifying dive from two locations (either the desert view or above Palm Jumeirah island), leap from 13,000 feet above, record your adventure, and live to tell the tale.

May Timings
Daily from 10:00 AM to Sunset
Check the official site for updated Ramadan timings

Location

Al Seyahi St., Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Getting There ›

SkyDive Dubai: Tandem Skydiving at Palm Drop Zone
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AED 2199
SkyDive Dubai: Tandem Skydiving at Desert Drop Zon...
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AED 1699.02
Skyhub Gyrocopter: Private Mini Flight Experience ...
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AED 999

7

Dubai Frame

Dubai in may - dubai frame


The Dubai Frame is an award-winning marvel that attempts to capture the skyline of Dubai to showcase both new and old sights in a single frame. This monument offers panoramic views of the metropolis and also houses a museum that celebrates the city’s rich and regal past and promising future.

May Timings
Daily, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (varies during Ramadan)

Location

Al Kifaf, Zabeel Park Jogging Track, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Getting There ›

Dubai Frame Anytime Entry Tickets
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AED 53
Dubai Garden Glow + Dubai Frame
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AED 125
Dubai City Tour + Dubai Frame Entry
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AED 99
Dubai Frame with Hotel Transfers
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AED 200

8

Museum of Illusions Dubai

Dubai in may - museum of illusions dubai


The Museum of Illusions takes you on an intriguing visual experience as you interact with more than 70 exhibits modeled on science. The fun activities here take you through illusionistic rooms and playrooms with didactic games and puzzles - you’ll definitely come out smarter and happier!

May Timings
Sun to Wedn - 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM (varies during Ramadan)
Thurs to Sat - 10:00 AM to 12 AM (varies during Ramadan)

Location

Al Seef, Dubai Creek, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Getting There ›

9

Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

Dubai in may - warned bros world


The Warner Bros World is an indoor theme park that promises excitement and fun for the whole family. Here, you can explore the world of prehistoric times with the Flintstones or meet the adorable cast of Looney Tunes. Whether you want to save Gotham from the clutches of the evil men or chase Tom and Jerry in the cartoon junction, the theme park has got it all covered!

May Timings
Daily, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (might vary during Ramadan)

Location

Al Falah Rd, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Getting There ›

Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi
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AED 295
Warner Bros. World and Ferrari World
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AED 315
Ferrari World, Warner Bros. World and Yas Waterworld
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AED 435
Warner Bros. World with All Ride Quick Pass
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AED 445
Warner Bros. World + Yas Waterworld
from
AED 315
Abu Dhabi City Tour with Warner Bros World
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AED 379
Warner Bros. World with Transfers
from
AED 359

10

Hatta Day Trip

Dubai in may - Hatta Day Trip


Cruise along the scenic expanse of sand around Dubai and visit the Hatta Heritage Village situated in the rugged Hajar Mountains for a day trip. Here, you can learn about the local culture, explore the desert fossils, and also indulge in a sumptuous meal. What’s more, you can also interact with an expert Falcon handler and take photographs with the bird.

May Timings
All day

Location

Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Getting There ›

Dubai in May : Events to Look Out For


Dubai in may events

RAMADAN 2019

May 6 - June 4, 2019
Ramadan is synonymous with iftar (the evening fast-breaking meal) and while you’re here, you have to experience this tradition at sunset. You’ll have plenty of options to choose from because every hotel/restaurant has its spread of delicious assortments. Also, some of the landmark hotels like Atlantis and Jumeirah Beach Hotel put up some grand iftar tents where you can lounge about, play board games, smoke shisha and indulge in the feast.

Dubai in may events

RUN THE TRACK RAMADAN EDITION

May 10, 2019
Run The Track - Ramadan Night Run is a festive marathon that encourages people to run around the Motor City venue. Whether it’s the 3, 5 or 10 km run, it’s an individual event that has lots of prizes up for grabs. If you’re not looking to run, you can take to the stands and cheer the runners, while reveling in the enthusiasm of the crowd. The event starts at 7:45 PM.

Dubai in may events

DUBAI OPERA SHOW

May 1, 2019
Located in Downtown Dubai, the Dubai Opera is a colossal center for performing arts with a capacity to seat close to 2000 people. The show that’s scheduled for May 1st, 2019 at the Dubai Opera is the UAE debut of saxophonist Amy Dickson (winner of the Classic Brit Award) who collaborates with concert pianist Amira Fouad for a splendid session of ‘Music in the Studio’.

Dubai in may events

RIPE MARKET

November 23 - May 04, 2019
The Ripe Market is a community affair which brings the local communities’ produce and handicrafts to a global audience. Usually a pop-up event, one can get updates on social media and visit the fairs and shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, gift articles, and trinkets. Additionally, you can be a part of several activities such as outdoor cinema, yoga sessions, adventure zone, petting zoo, and more.

Dubai in May : 5-day Itinerary


Dubai in May: Essentials


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LanguageArabic

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Time zoneGMT+4

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Country Code+971

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Socket Type C, D and G

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CurrencyArab Emirate Dirham (AED)

Dubai Weather in May

May heralds the onset of summer in Dubai and hence is an off-season for tourists. However, with clear skies and low humidity, the temperature averages to about 38°C. It’s a good idea to drive around during the day and explore the beaches and monuments in the evenings.

Where to Stay in Dubai during May

Dubai offers an array of accommodation choices for tourists right from luxurious suites to dormitories for the budget traveller. Here are some that you can choose based on your budget:

  • 5 & 4 star hotels - Take your pick from among the Ritz Carlton Dubai, Sheraton Dubai Creek, Ramada Jumeirah, One & Only The Palm, Grosvenor House Dubai or Nikki Beach Resort & Spa.
  • Budget Hotels - You could choose rooms at the Holiday Inn Express Safa Park, Citymax Bur Dubai, Arabian Park Hotel, Fortune Hotel Deira, or Royal Ascot Hotel for a reasonable range of accommodation.
  • Hostels - Perfect for backpackers and solo travelers, a stay at the UAE Youth Hostel Association, Hey Beach, Central Dubai, Top of Marina, At The Top, or Dubai Beach Host is comfortable and easy on the wallet.

What to Pack for Visiting Dubai in May

Given that Dubai in May would be warm and sunny, it’s a good idea to keep plenty of cotton clothes - that’s usually best for sunny and warm days. You should also pack outdoor accessories like hats and shades. Windcheater jackets work well for both day-time as well as night use. Scarves and caps would be useful for desert safaris!

Getting Around Dubai in May

The public transport system in Dubai has undergone some extensive restructuring and now tourists can comfortably move about in many avenues: local buses, the Dubai Metro, Tram or Marine Taxi. If you’re looking to use public transport, you should know that the bus and metro cover most of the important tourist destinations. It’ll also be fun to get onto the tram for a joyride (this covers 11 stations between Al Sufouh and JBR). Even the waterways are well managed with the Road Transport Authority(RTA) servicing 43 stations (through Dubai Water Taxi), and over 5 water routes (through Dubai Ferry).

Dubai in May - Must Try Delicacies

Tabbouleh

Although originally a Lebanon dish, the Manousheh is an Arabic variant of a pizza. It consists of a flatbread filled with cheese, herbs, olive oil, and meat. A great dish for breakfast, you can order yours from Manoushe Street Downtown for a healthy start to your morning.

Falafel

The falafel is ubiquitous to Dubai and is easily the most recognized food here. A falafel is a deep-fried ball made of ground chickpeas or fava beans. It is usually vegetarian and used with shawarmas to supplement flavours. Operation Falafel (JBR) is a great place to indulge in these tasty treats.

Knafeh

A sweetmeat that’s typical to the Arab region, the Knafeh is often referred to as the Queen of Desserts. It is an interesting combination of sweet and salt syrup, melted cheese, dough, and pistachios. Feras Aldiyafa Sweets is known for this delicacy and is a must-try when in Dubai.

Al Harees

Al Harees is a traditional dish that is served rampantly across Dubai during Ramadan or on festivals and weddings. This dish consists of a potent combination of wheat, meat, and a pinch of salt, that is baked for long hours. While this delicacy is available in many restaurants, you can savor it at Seven Sands, JBR.

Kabsa

The kabsa is an Arab delicacy often regarded as a national dish, which is made of rice blended with an assortment of vegetables and meat. Taste a well-cooked Kabsa at Azkadenya (in Mercato Mall) and you’ll be left craving for more!

Tips for Visiting Dubai in May


  • Since Ramadan is a religious festival, it helps to dress conservatively. If you’re packing shorts and skirts, ensure that they cover your knees.
  • If you’re wearing sleeveless tops, it might be a good idea to keep jackets/pashmina shawls handy. This will also help if it gets too windy at night.
  • Refrain from eating or drinking in public places between sunrise and sunset - you don’t want to get in trouble with the locals, who are observing a religious fast.
  • The sun can be quite harsh here, so keep those sunglasses out and dab generous amounts of sunscreen on yourself before stepping out.
  • Keep water bottles handy as the heat can be very exhausting and you’ll need to remain hydrated to experience the best of the city.

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