Weather in the Middle East

The climate in this area of the world is fairly consistent throughout the year with little variation, and the weather in the Middle East is easy to describe: hot and dry. Summers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other popular tourist cities can reach temperatures of 120°F (49°C) and the blazing sun makes it undesirable to spend much time outdoors. The hottest months are July and August, with late summer being especially humid. 

In the winters (January and February), the weather in the United Arab Emirates and surrounding countries is slightly cooler, with temperatures averaging 50-57°F (10-14°C). Rainfall is negligible in all seasons of the Middle East, as the region is nearly all desert. The only real winters in the Middle East happen in the mountainous regions of Saudi Arabia, where temperatures can reach freezing. The best time to visit the Middle East is in the spring (April and May) when temperatures are pleasant and not excessively hot or humid.

For detailed climate and weather information on destinations in the Middle East, please select a country below.