5 things to do in late spring in Dubai

Dubai is incredible at any time of year, but late spring and early summer offers a different perspective of the city. It’s a peaceful time, where cultural events take centre stage. If you’re looking to visit Dubai during its relaxation period, then late spring and early summer is the best time to visit. Here are five unique activities to experience in the city during this time.

1.    Taste traditional Emirate food

During May and June in Dubai, you’ll spot early morning and late night feasts, known as iftar and suhoor. Fruits, sweetened grains, yoghurts and puddings are the main features of a suhoor meal, eaten just before sunrise. While Iftar feasts, served at sunset, are your chance to experience traditional Emirati cuisine, where Iftar tents and Majlis present a plethora of mouth-watering regional delicacies.

2.    Indulge in late night shopping

Late spring is when the larger-than-life shopping malls stay open late in Dubai. Sometimes giving shoppers the opportunity to shop until as late as 2am. Most of the malls in Dubai will also put on a host of cultural activities to keep shoppers entertained into the early hours.

3.    Watch the Desert Road Run

During both May and June, you’ll have the chance to either take part in the Desert Road Run or watch it (for free). Taking place on the Sevens Stadium on Al Ain Road, there will be 3, 5 or 10k races where runners can compete against each other, or their own personal best. The fastest three will win a trophy, but everyone will go home with a medal!

4.    Admire art

Throughout March and April, Dubai turns into an art lover’s paradise. In 2019, Art Dubai will coincide with Sikka Art Fair and World Art Dubai, where thousands of artists, designers, curators, gallery owners, and art experts will arrive in the city.

World Art Dubai will run from 3rd to 6th of April, and bills itself at the ‘affordable art fair with a difference’. During the event, there will be a diverse collection of modern, contemporary and fine art work for every budget, with hundreds of local, regional and international galleries and artists taking part. World Art Dubai will close with an event that celebrates the city’s unique fusion of art, education and entertainment.

5.    Watch the Burj Khalifa light show

Visitors between May and June will be in for a treat when the sun goes down. The LED light show at the Burj Khalifa is a dazzling and awe-inspiring sight. Every evening after sunset, this hi-tech and highly artistic show will use state-of-the-art video mapping technology to wow visitors.


Morag Lee

Morag is the resident blog writer at Barrhead Travel. Can usually be found exploring a cruise ship or on a city break.