Temperature analysis and the effect of urban development on the outdoor thermal comfort and intensification of the Urban Heat Island phenomenon in the United Arab Emirates

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This paper presents the temperature distribution and identification of Urban Heat Island intensity and outdoor thermal comfort conditions in a residential cluster in Dubai, UAE. Temperature and humidity data are collected during peak summer period and thermal imaging is further used as additional tool. From the analysis it is resulted that the maximum temperature recorded in the cluster is 55 °C and the minimum is 22.90 ° C. The hottest day has an average temperature of 40.50 °C and the coolest day an average temperature of 36.08 °C. The highest temperatures during each day occur between 10am to 3pm and relative humidity peaks to 100% during night hours. The outdoor comfort is evaluated as a combination of the high temperatures and the relative humidity, and extreme discomfort is identified. Further analysis in the residential cluster, identified “hot spots” in specific areas where the spacing between the buildings is minimized. The temperature difference between these spots and other locations in the residential cluster can reach a maximum of about 12%. The temperature patterns in the cluster are also analysed with the use of CFD modelling and the results highlight the relation between the ventilation paths and the increased temperatures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 10th Windsor Conference: Rethinking Comfort
EditorsLuisa Brotas, Susan Roaf, Fergus Nicol, Michael Humphreys
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018
Event10th Windsor Conference: Rethinking Thermal Comfort - Windsor, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Apr 201815 Apr 2018


Conference10th Windsor Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom



  • Outdoor Thermal Comfort
  • Urban Heat Island
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Temperature Distribution

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