Dubai has a hot and arid desert climate but this ensures hot and sunny weather all year round. In fact, it's almost too hot in the summer months with temperatures reaching over 40ºC. A much more pleasant time to visit Dubai is from November to March when temperatures tolerable for sun seekers.
Average March Temperature: 23ºC
Average March Rainfall: 21mm
Average Hours of Sunshine: 8.5hrs
Beautiful beaches line Dubai's coastline such as Jumeirah Beach, home to Dubai's swankiest holiday clubs and hotels. Dubai is popular for it's local markets or Souks as they are referred to locally, there is a whole host of different souks selling the a wide range of Arabian themed produce - the Spice Souk, Perfume Souk and Fish Souk are well worth a visit purely for the experience if not to purchase anything! Recently opened, the Dubai Mall has the world's largest number of retailers in one mall with 1,200 shops, housed in salubrious surroundings in air-conditioned bliss. Outside of Dubai's city limits thrill seeking visitors should try a 4X4 desert safari which takes you on a tour of the awe-inspiring dunes, you can also stop at local Arabian settlements and even try your hand at sandboarding!
Thailand is a country scattered with tropical islands such as Ko Phi Phi, Ko Chang, Ko Samui and popular resorts such as Pattaya and Phuket, all conjuring up typical picture postcard scenes of white sands, turquoise seas and palm fringed beaches.
Average March Temperature: 29ºC
Average March Rainfall: 60mm
Average Hours of Sunshine: 9hrs
Although flights to Bangkok may be more expensive than the usual fortnight in Spain, the costs when you're there are very low indeed, a top quality meal in a restaurant with a couple of drinks will set you back the equivalent of £10, perfect if you're a big fan of hot Thai cuisine and genuine Thai hospitality. The cost of accommodation is also very competitive from air conditioned beach bungalows to 5 star resorts for a fraction of European prices.
The March climate is perfect too; the bustling and popular resort of Phuket has average temperatures of 29ºC and enjoys 9 hours of sunshine. As Thailand is sub tropical in the heart of South East Asia it has very high humidity in March so the monthly 60mm of rain is most welcome as evening descends, cooling things down to a still balmy 24ºC at night.
The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are just over 50 miles from sub Saharan Africa and so benefit from a pleasant climate and plenty of sunshine all year round, perfect for a hot winter sun holiday. With average winter temperatures hovering around a very mild 23ºC, sunbathing around the pool or relaxing on the 930 miles of beaches is an everyday possibility.
Average March Temperature: 23ºC
Average March Rainfall: 42mm
Average Hours of Sunshine: 7hrs
Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, has some stunning beaches, notably Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. It is also an excellent place to see volcanic activity with Mount Teide looming over the central part of the island. Next in size, Gran Canaria, also plays host to some beautiful beaches, in particular, Maspalomas, with its white beach and huge sand dunes which providing a spectacular backdrop along the 3.5 mile stretch of beach.
Other islands such as Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Gomera also enjoy pleasant winter sun temperatures, averaging around 23ºC in March, and as the peak season has long since passed you'll be able to pick up some bargain package deals in March.