April in Dubai is the perfect time to visit if you want a laidback holiday. It also has just the right level of warmth before it gets too hot! April is not as busy as previous months so it is ideal if you want a quieter trip.
However, as April sees less tourism, there are likely to be less events and activities about. So you may now be wondering how you will spend some of your time.
Luckily, we have put together this guide to show you some of the exciting upcoming events that are taking place in April in Dubai! We will also give you a comparison of hotel and flight prices to help you with your decision.
What’s Happening in Dubai in April?
Although we mentioned this for things to do in Dubai in March, April will mark your last chance to visit Dubai’s extraordinary Global Village!
The Global Village runs throughout the winter months as a glowing entertainment haven. There is plenty to do for the whole family so it is a great way to spend an afternoon and evening after lounging on the beach! There are tonnes of breathtaking shows, thrilling rides, street bazaars, and delicious dining all against the picturesque backdrop!
The Global Village’s Pavilions are inspired by different cultures from around the world, so it is also a great way to experience worldwide entertainment, food, and products!
Location: Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
Date: Sunday 25 October 2020 – Sunday 18 April 2021
Times: Sat – Wed: 4pm – 12am, Thurs – Fri: 4pm – 1am
Entry: From 15AED per person
Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
The winter and spring times are the best to visit Dubai if you are fond of sports, particularly with horses!
April sees the end of the horse sporting season with the Dubai Polo Gold Cup, which is a 6-8 Goal Handicap. This is a great opportunity to spend a day out with the family whilst relishing in the excitement of the competition. There are all sorts of entertainment options happening throughout the day, so there is something for everyone! There are even dedicated children’s activity areas if you are concerned that they will get bored. It is a beautiful open location with a sense of luxury from the resort!
As this marks the final championship in the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, anticipation will be at its highest! So if you are a sports lover, what better event to see on your holiday than a final championship?
Location: Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club
Dates: Wednesday 31 March – Friday 9 April
Times: 7 Days a Week, 6:45am – 8:30pm
Price: General admission is free
Dubai Watersports Festival
Heat 4 of the Dubai Watersports Festival is set to kick off in April. The event has been brought together by the Dubai International Marine Club.
The festival is for all levels, from amateurs to experts! It aims to improve their skills and give them experience. The festival targeted youths in the first heat to give them the chance to learn the basic skills of watersports and give them the opportunity to try something new!
Even if you are not planning to partake in the event, it will certainly be exhilarating to watch the fanatics show off their skills!
Location: Offshore Dubai
Date: Friday 2 April
Price: Free to watch
Run Meydan Tracks
If you don’t want to just watch the action but want to take part, then why not try Run Meydan Tracks?
This is the third and final version of this race which is a safe and social event for participants! It is set against the lush scenic Meydan, The Track location, plus you could brave a round of golf after. The race is family friendly as it is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. You can also choose the distance you want to run so it is flexible to your needs.
For taking part, you can receive a certificate, goody bag, and medal. Do note that you must register by Monday 29 March to take part.
Location: The Track, Meydan Golf
Date: Friday 2 April
Price: 77.5AED – 165.5AED
Ramadan is expected to start 13 April, which is an important time during the Islamic year. Even if you do not plan to celebrate Ramadan, it is still important to take note of the rules and respect the culture.
Ramadan commemorates the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. During Ramadan, Muslims will fast during the daytime and tend to break the fast with others after sunset. They will also take this time to pray and self-reflect.
Ramadan begins and ends with the sighting of the new moon. This year, it is expected to start on 13 April and last until 12 May.
This means that non-Muslims are advised to not eat in public places during the day as well as smoking or showing affection in public. You may notice that Dubai is generally quieter than usual and shopping malls are opening later and restaurants may be closed during the day.
Date: Tuesday 13 April – Wednesday 12 May
For more information, check out our guide on Ramadan in Dubai.
World Art Dubai
If you are more of a creative person, World Art Dubai may be exactly what you are looking for.
World Art Dubai showcases contemporary art from all across the globe. The goal is to make the diverse and unique artwork accessible to collectors and buyers at an affordable price. The event is perfect for those seeking a pinch of inspiration or to find their next addition!
There is plenty for you to peruse as the fair hosts over 3,000 pieces of art from over 30 countries which come from both galleries and solo artists! You can even watch artists creating work live as well as listen to art talks, so there are a lot of things for each taste!
Location: Dubai World Trade Centre
Date: Wednesday 7 April – Saturday 10 April
Times: 1pm – 9pm
What is the Temperature Like in Dubai in April?
Things certainly start to heat up in Dubai in April! However, Dubai is fortunately not quite at its desert climate at this time. In April, you can expect to see an average temperature of 28°C with highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C. The temperature is perfect if you like a hot summer holiday but without the heat being too much so you can’t enjoy it. The pleasant evening temperatures will also make for a nice time on the beach.
For the sea temperature, you can expect to see averages of 26°C in April which makes for a warm and enjoyable heat to swim in. Throughout the month, you can expect to see highs of 28.7°C and lows of 21°C so it is great to have an evening swim if the daytime temperature is too much!
For more information on the weather in Dubai in April check our full Dubai Weather Guide.
What are Hotel Prices like in Dubai in April?
Due to Ramadan, hotel prices tend to be cheaper than usual, so April is a great time to grab yourself a holiday deal! We took a look at Kayak for how much it would cost on average for two people to stay for a week in Dubai in April.
|Hotel Star Rating||Average Price for Stay|
As mentioned, April is a less touristy time in Dubai, so you may find that you cannot get any direct flights from certain airports.
|London Heathrow||From £330|
|New York (JFK)||From £536|
|Paris (CDG)||From £409|
April is a great time of year to visit Dubai if you are looking for a quieter time of year to relax. There are a few less events than normal, but there are plenty of activities and entertainment options for you to still enjoy. We hope that you have found this guide helpful with your travels!