Are you the type of person that loves the sun but hates overbearing heat? If so, then stay clear of the Middle East in the height of summer and wait until temperatures begin to cool down around October time. If anything, now is the perfect time to look into booking your trip to these exotic lands.
Dubai has long been a feature on many a traveller’s bucket list, largely down to the stark difference in culture that we are accustomed to in the western world. Money seems to be of no object and the traditions of the Islamic city are well documented – Dubai is truly one of those places that you have to go to.
When Not to Go
As beautiful as Dubai is, you would be a brave person to travel there in the middle of summer with temperatures clocking in excess of 40 degrees (centigrade), and never much below 30 degrees at the coolest. The warm season lasts between May and late September, consisting of extreme humidity and UV levels and very little rainfall.
That is not to definitely rule out holidaying in Dubai in the middle of summer, but we would recommend waiting until autumn/early winter before heading off to the Middle Eastern paradise city.
Whiles places like Dubai are everyone’s go-to location in the Middle East; it can be easy to overlook an array of hidden treasures just waiting to be explored. Countries such as Bahrain, a small island reachable by car from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, make for a wonderful taste of the Middle Eastern lifestyle.
Bahrain, in particular, is possibly best known for hosting a leg of the Formula One World Championship, which usually takes place in April before temperatures begin to soar. F1 fans from around the world head to the country to take in the atmosphere at the Bahrain International Circuit in Manama.
Another country with a growing reputation as a must-visit travel destination is Oman, which is ranked the most improved country in terms of world development over the last 40 years by the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme). If you are travelling to Oman for the first time then make Muscat your destination – as the country’s port capital there is a wide range of activities and incredible attractions on offer.
Sunning it up in the Winter
Temperatures are at their coolest in January, with highs of up to 25 degrees and lows of 17 degrees, so by no means cold. The Middle East is the perfect antidote for when the weather takes a turn for the worse and you aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to the sun.
Many misconceptions exist surrounding the Middle East, but when you scratch beneath the surface you will find that there are many safe destinations that will satisfy even the most extreme cases of wanderlust. Be taken aback by the peaceful culture and tranquil lifestyle while you enjoy your last taste of the sun for another year.
Once you experience the Middle East in its truest form, the only regret is that it took you this long to go.
Ariana is a well-travelled blogger who originally comes from the Netherlands before moving to England. She is a regular visitor to the Middle East, working with a Muslim charity championing the rich culture while also helping those less fortunate.