Abu Dhabi Weather Guide

Like the rest of the UAE, sub-tropical and arid Abu Dhabi has only 2 seasons: a hot summer and warm winter. The best time to visit Abu Dhabi is during the high season from November to March when temperatures during the day and night are a lot cooler.

Season and Clothing

Summer: May to September

Don’t be surprised to see the mercury hit 45 degrees Celsius or more during Abu Dhabi’s hot and humid summer season. The holy month of Ramadan also falls between July and August – the hottest months – and visitors are asked not to eat or drink in public out of respect for those observing the sunrise to sundown fast, which can be hard going for travellers. Summer is a good time to hit the water, or visit the cooler climes of the emirate’s second city, Al Ain, a verdant inland oasis with significantly less humidity.

Average temperatures: 24 - 43 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: At the beach: shorts and swimwear. In public: Lightweight dresses and pants, t-shirts and sandals.
Don't forget: A hat, sunnies, water and SPF50+ sunscreen.

Winter: October to April

With daily temps in the mid-20s, mostly blue skies with just occasional rain and crisp, cool nights, December to February is the ideal time to visit Abu Dhabi. It’s also when the majority of cultural and shopping festivals and sporting events are on and coincides with peak tourist season. The winter months provide the perfect opportunity to head outdoors with activities from camel trekking and quad biking in the dunes to water sports and sightseeing.

Average temperatures: 13 - 35 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: T-shirts, pants, knee-length skirts, dresses and short-sleeve tops.
Don't forget: A lightweight jacket or cardi for chilly nights and air-con.