Call us today on 020 7644 1755

When should I travel to Abu Dhabi?

Although Abu Dhabi is a year-round destination, the extreme heat in the summer months - from June to September - can be tough for many travellers to deal with. The most pleasant period for visiting Abu Dhabi is between November and March, when the days are cooler and the heat is less intense.

In the summer, temperatures can hit higher than 40 degrees Celsius and the humidity is generally high. That said, many of Abu Dhabi's indoor attractions have air conditioning, so even if you choose to explore the emirate in the height of summer you'll still have plenty of things to keep you occupied and out of the heat.

During the winter months daytime temperatures are much more pleasant, typically staying above 20 degrees Celsius, but rarely peaking over 25 degrees Celsius. Whenever you choose to travel to Abu Dhabi, you can expect sunshine, with the city experiencing very little rainfall. Sandstorms can occur during the summer and it can be foggy in the winter, but for the most part it is clear and sunny.

The weather does vary a little between Abu Dhabi's cities, with Al Ain in the desert typically experiencing a little more rain than the capital. In coastal locations - like Saadiyat Island - you will often have a welcome breeze that can take the edge off the daytime heat.

Daytimes in Abu Dhabi

During the days you'll want to wear lightweight clothing, regardless of whether you've booked your holiday in Abu Dhabi in the summer or winter. Although there is no strict dress code here it is worth respecting local customs and wearing clothes that aren't overly revealing - tops that cover the shoulders and skirts or shorts that reach below the knees are advisable.

This is especially the case during the holy month of Ramadan, when locals and tourists alike are expected to be more conservative. Although it will be warm when you're out and about on the city's streets, it's worth taking a cardigan or lightweight jacket with you, as many restaurants, malls and other indoor attractions will have their air conditioning set to a much cooler temperature.

Evenings in Abu Dhabi

The temperature variation between the days and nights is quite significant in Abu Dhabi - particularly if you venture into the desert for an evening in a traditional camp. Overnight temperatures can drop as low as 10 degrees Celsius, so it's worth packing a jumper or warmer outer layer if you'll be out once the sun sets.

If you're intending to visit some of Abu Dhabi's luxurious restaurants, women should take a shawl or wrap along to keep them warm once the sun goes down, while men should find a light jacket is enough to prevent them from getting cold while they're enjoying their meal.

Religious holidays in Abu Dhabi

Many of Abu Dhabi's public holidays revolve around Islam and these can be some of the most vibrant times of year to visit the emirate. If you book your holiday in Abu Dhabi to coincide with one of the Eid celebrations - which occur twice a year - you'll see the locals mingling and large congregations of people around the many mosques.

Eid Al Fitr is the feast that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and it moves each year to coincide with the end of the fast. Between October and November Eid Al Adha takes place and is usually a four-day holiday that involves lots of feasting and socialising. It's worth bearing in mind that many places may be closed during these two public holidays.

The dates of Ramadan change annually and, as with the feasts, it's sensible to remember that the opening hours of businesses and other attractions may change during this month. Many restaurants and cafes, for instance, will remain closed during the day but stay open long into the night during this period, while other businesses often open later and most will close for a couple of hours each day around breakfast time.

Consider this when you're organising your holiday in Abu Dhabi and plan your activities and itinerary to allow for the unusual working hours during Ramadan. During the holy month you should also refrain from eating in public during daylight hours so as not to offend fasting Muslims. Most hotels in Abu Dhabi cater for foreign guests during this time and offer room service with meals being delivered to guests' rooms to be enjoyed privately out of the public eye.

Meterological information

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Average °C 211921232832343637343025
Minimum °C 151315172024262930272319
Maximum °C 272426293539414243413731
Sunshine (hours) 10911111113131212121110
Rain (cm) 000000000000

Abu Dhabi Holidays Browse all

Best Value

From £389 per person
beach rotana

Beach Rotana

The Beach Rotana Hotel is set on a pristine stretch of white beach on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Located in the...

From £399 per person
yas island rotana

Yas Island Rotana

Offering superb accommodation with a wide range of facilities, Yas Island Rotana is conveniently located on the...

From £409 per person
khalidiya palace rayhaan by rotana

Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana

Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi, with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and the breath-taking Presidential Palace,...

From £409 per person
hilton abu dhabi

Hilton Abu Dhabi

Revel in the sun-drenched charms of the UAE's capital as you enjoy four unforgettable days in the heart of the Middle...

From £409 per person
centro yas island

Centro Yas Island

A modern, stylish and affordable Abu Dhabi hotel conveniently located in within easy access to the Abu Dhabi Airport as...

From £409 per person
crowne plaza yas island

Crowne Plaza Yas Island

Discover the hidden treasure in Abu Dhabi that is Crowne Plaza in Yas Island. It is the ideal accommodation for those...

Talk to a specialist

charmaine

Call 020 7644 1755 to speak with our award-winning travel consultants.

Opening hours 09:00 - 17:00 GMT

Related articles for Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi News

Browse all Abu Dhabi News

Abu Dhabi to welcome the New Year with Coldplay concert

Celebrations to say goodbye to 2016 and welcome the New Year will get off to an explosive start in Abu Dhabi as mythical pop-rock band Coldplay gets ready to perform at the Du Arena. This amazing concert, featuring the group’s best hits as well as songs from their new album, will take place on 31st December. Tickets are on sale since 30th November.

Bab Al Qasr the new hotel in Abu Dhabi

Millennium & Copthorne is celebrating the opening of its newest hotel in the Middle East, the Bab Al Qasr. Located in Abu Dhabi, the new property is part of the hotel group's upscale The Biltmore Collection, and it has 677 guest rooms, suites and residences, as well as a private beach, a Moroccan Spa, a swimming pool, and several diverse dining experiences.

Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island now open

Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island officially opened to guests on 3rd October, 2016, marking the debut of the brand in the emirate. CEOs of Four Seasons and the Mubadala Group attended the opening ceremony of the new 34-storey hotel which sits on the new mixed-use Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi. The property has 200 guest rooms and suites, a full-service spa, several restaurants, and a rooftop swimming pool.