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Dressing for Dubai in December

By HannahTuesday 08th December 2015

Stay cool and comfortable as you enjoy everything Dubai has to offer, both old and new. Stay cool and comfortable as you enjoy everything Dubai has to offer, both old and new.


December in Dubai is magical. The sun’s shining, the sky is blue and the city’s many wonders are yours to be explored – providing you can take the heat! With temperatures soaring up to 35°C you have to make sure you’re properly prepared, especially when it comes to clothing. Want to know how you can beat the heat? Have a read of our guide to dressing for Dubai in December.


1. Cotton, linen and bamboo are best

As well as being particularly hot during December, the weather in Dubai is quite humid. Synthetic fabrics aren’t great during hot weather, and they’re particularly bad when there’s lots of moisture in the air. The last thing you want is a damp t-shirt! To avoid any humidity woes, stick to cotton, linen and bamboo, as they’re most breathable and will help you stay sweat-free for longer. Choose light colours as they reflect the hot sun, unlike dark colours which absorb it.

2. Wear long trousers and long-sleeved tops

Long trousers and tops in hot weather? Sounds a little crazy, you say. Well, no actually, it’s one of the best ways to keep cool in hot weather and to avoid any nasty sunburn. While it can be tempting to wear as little clothing as possible, long trousers and long-sleeved tops made from cotton, linen or bamboo will be far more comfortable in the long run.
There’s no escaping the heat in the Dubai Desert, so remember to bring a hat. There’s no escaping the heat in the Dubai Desert, so remember to bring a hat.

3. Bring a cardigan or sweater

Although the sun shines pretty much nonstop, and the temperatures are high, when you go inside it’s a different story. Almost every single building will have a powerful air conditioning system, often leaving a bit of a chill in the air, which can be a shock after being out in the sun. The solution? Bring a light cardigan or sweater with you if you know you’ll be going in and out of buildings.

4. Dress modestly

Dubai is a Muslim country, so it’s important to dress in a way that’s appropriate, particularly if you’re visiting places that have a strict dress code. Most of Dubai’s malls request that visitors dress in a manner that is respectful – they even have signs, both inside and out, to make sure people adhere to it. This means long skirts, long trousers and t-shirts that cover your shoulders.

5. Pack sunglasses and a hat

Whether you’re exploring the dessert or haggling at a souk, you should remember to pack sunglasses and a hat. The skin on your face, neck and ears is quite sensitive and is easily burnt when the UV rays are strong, even if you’re wearing sunscreen. A wide brimmed hat is the best solution. Your eyes are also susceptible to sun damage, so sunglasses with proper UV protection are a must.
Beat the heat at Dubai’s souks in long trousers and long-sleeved tops. Beat the heat at Dubai’s souks in long trousers and long-sleeved tops.

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