What is the best time to visit Abu Dhabi?

The best time to visit Abu Dhabi is from November to March. Like other Emirates, the weather of Abu Dhabi also remains hot all-year-round but during this time, the temperature is cool with a requirement of light jacket and sweater. However, if beaches are on your mind then plan your visit in October, March or April when the weather is hot but in a pleasant way.

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Monthly Weather in Abu Dhabi

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 16 24
February 17 24
March 21 29
April 25 36
May 28 39
June 30 41
July 33 44
August 32 43
September 29 40
October 27 36
November 22 31
December 17 26

Abu Dhabi in Peak Season (December to March)

December to March is generally considered the peak season in Abu Dhabi. Coupled with a pleasant, though warm weather, are several attractions that draw tourists during this time. The season offers a lot of shopping bonanzas, especially during January and February. A lot of high-end sporting and cultural events takes place throughout the period. However, prices for travel and accommodation are highest during this time.

Abu Dhabi in Shoulder Season (April - May and October - November)

April, May, October and November are a good time to visit Abu Dhabi. Travel and accommodation prices are relatively lower. A lot of sports events and other cultural festivals take place during this time. Abu Dhabi promises great culinary experiences too. With balmy weather, it is a great time for beach activities. By the end of October, as the cold season approaches, Abu Dhabi starts seeing an influx in tourists.

Abu Dhabi in Offseason (July - September)

It is best to avoid visiting Abu Dhabi from July to September. The temperature rises triple the digits and humidity is at the peak despite rainfall. For tourists coming from a slightly colder countries, the weather is going to be immensely unbearable. The temperature is skyrocketing and might spell for health hazards. However, on the upside, a lot of place offer insane discounts be it entry to events or shopping around the city.

Abu Dhabi in Winter (December - February)

December is another bustling season in Abu Dhabi - one for its pleasant weather and two for the plethora of events that pops up during the time. Temperatures hover between 12-degree Celsius to 26°C — you will have plenty of sunshine to enjoy, and if lucky, an occasional breeze to cool you down. The skies in January are gloriously blue, with minimal chances of rain. It is also a great time to head to the beaches or indulge yourself in sightseeing, shopping, Ferrari rides in the dunes and whatnot! but make sure you carry some warm clothes for the early January chill when nights are cold. Book your flights and stays well in advance if you plan to visit UAE during December and January - fares tend to skyrocket owing to high tourist influx.

Events and Festivals
  • The UAE'S National Day Festival 2nd of December is an important event in the month's calendar. The day, commemorating the Emirates' independence from Great Britain is celebrated by opening the doors of the city's leading monuments to the public. Several special events throughout the day take place in the monuments of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
  • The Dubai Shopping Festival and UAE Awafi Festival get stretched until February.

Abu Dhabi in Summer (June - August)

Summer is at its peak in June, the heat is scorching and those not accustomed to high temperatures must avoid travelling to Abu Dhabi. The highest temperature could go up to 40-degree Celsius during the day time and doesn't drop lower than 20 degrees at night. Even if you're coming from hotter regions the heat could be hazardous hence, it's advised to keep yourself hydrated and take a precautionary step to keep away from the sun. Apart from the heat, the humidity levels keep rising regardless of the small amount of rainfall. However, on the upside, summers lure tourists with massive discounts in hotel tariffs and other events.
Eid Al-Fitr, one of the most important festivals in the country, ensures pomp and exuberance throughout. There are special fireworks and lighting at the Yas Marina & Abu Dhabi Corniche.

Abu Dhabi in Autumn (September - November)

The temperatures tend to slant to a lower degree towards the end of September. The daily highs drop down to 36 degrees Celsius from 40 degrees and at night the temperatures are comparatively cooler. By Mid-October, the weather is pleasant and balmy restoring all sightseeing and other activities and full swing. October and November sees an influx in tourists as it is the onset of winters and also the shoulder season in Abu Dhabi; hence, it is best to explore during these months. However, by the end of November, prices shoot up drastically as the peak season arrives.

Events and Festivals 
  • The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix scheduled on November 29, 2019, is one of the most anticipated and thrilling events of the year.
  • Another important event is the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival, a month-long festival at Abu Dhabi that illuminates the rich cultural diversity and traditions of the emirates selling handicrafts and other items.  Traditional cafes offer visitors the best of local and international fare.

Abu Dhabi in Spring (March - May)

The cooler climate starts to give away in March and spells of dry and sunny weather starts to set in. The temperature, however, doesn't exceed 36-degree Celsius. Though the weather is warmer, it's better and bearable than the severe summers. It's convenient for sightseeing and beach activities, except during noon when there's scorching heat. Nights are relatively cooler and pleasant. If you planning to visit during the Spring Summer season, then make sure to keep yourself hydrated. By the end of May, heat starts rising with the onset of harsh summers.

Events and Festivals 
  • Sporting events are at its peak on March. The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, a part of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup. The international rally raid race is a 5 day event that starts at Abu Dhabi and ends at Dubai.
  • Abu Dhabi international book fair is another most awaited event of the year. Ramadan, this 2019, starts on May 5. The Ramadan dates vary every year owing to religious calendars, but it takes place usually in May, June, July and August.
  • The month of Ramadan remains special in the entire region, the festival's religious significance ensures a very lively ambiance throughout the country. The places become abuzz with markets and special food in the evenings.

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