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The UAE is a thrilling destination year-round for its futuristic cites, world record style buildings and amenities as well as distinctive Arab culture. It can be quite crowded in high season December through March and very low season June through September can have scorching heat. May sits right in the sweet spot by being low season for tourists and the weather is still enjoyable.
When people think of the UAE, it is almost exclusively in Dubai, maybe Abu Dhabi too. These are far and away the best attractions the country has to offer and should be part of any itinerary, but there are smaller Emirates in the union (seven total) like Ras al Khaimah which is a resort town which boasts amazing hotels or Al Ain which has beautiful oases and desert fortresses.
Prices can hit rock bottom in August across the UAE, but they are nearly slashed in half in May from the high season rates. Hospitality is a virtue across the Middle East but in the UAE it is overdone, (much to our delight!) This means staying in expansive, palatial hotels where rooms are double the size of anything comparable in a world city, upgrades are generously given and spas and pools are made for the ultimate lounging experience. The UAE is an unbeatable value for price venue always, but even more so in the month of May. Waldorf Astoria’s, St. Regis, Four Seasons, One and Only, JW Marriott and many other iconic venues are just waiting to be explored.
Let’s not forget this is a desert country, so shoulder season here isn’t mild temperatures with a jacket. May most certainly will be in the high 80’s F with 90’s probable and triple digits possible if it is a warm spring. Any drawbacks that this brings can be quickly erased when you realize that air conditioning is found almost everywhere for tourists. In Dubai, malls and metro’s are all linked in most places without one having to go outside. Elsewhere any car or public transit has very good AC and the hotels are as cold as you want them to be. The only inconvenience is if you are walking outside in the middle of the day.
The Emirates have been built to handle large crowds, traffic and tourist swells, it is what has made the country so attractive, its forward-thinking infrastructure. Even so it can be an inconvenience in peak season, but in May the place virtually looks like a ghost town. As a May time tourist you will have the added benefit of sales in the malls and deals on hotel accommodations, because almost everyone stays open with their normal operations in low season.