Best Time to Visit Abu Dhabi

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Abu Dhabi. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Abu Dhabi. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Abu Dhabi for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 14 °C to 40 °C
Waves Symbol 21 °C to 32 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 00.83 in
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Geographical location

Abu Dhabi is the largest of the United Arab Emirates and is best known for its capital also named Abu Dhabi. In fact, the Emirate includes the city of al-Ain and smaller cities such as Madinat Zayed, Ruwais and the Liwa Oasis.

Outside the city boundary, the coastal area is dominated by mangroves and a large desert area. The emirate of Abu Dhabi is home to about 2.4 million people; according to official surveys, expatriats from foreign countries exceed 80% of the population. Abu Dhabi’s city centre is located on an island in the Persian Gulf, but is directly connected to the mainland by three large bridges.

The United Arab Emirates (Arabian Peninsula) border Saudi Arabia to the south and Oman to the east. Besides Abu Dhabi und Dubai also smaller Emirates such as Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Sharjah are getting more popular travel destinations in the region.

Climate in Abu Dhabi

Desert Safari in Abu Dhabi, UAE! (Trip & Travel Blog)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The United Arab Emirates are characterised by a tropical climate with hot daytime temperatures of more than 50 °C and a very high humidity during summer months. Further inland, the air is much drier, but temperatures can sometimes rise even higher.

However, similar to Dubai, all shopping malls, sightings and public buildings in Abu Dhabi are cooled by huge air-conditioning systems. Daily temperature values below 30 °C are usually only to be found from mid-December to mid-March, while all other months of the year remain significantly higher and reach their peak around August.

The summer months in Abu Dhabi are so hot that many hotels are offering special discounts and offers during this time of the year. From the beginning of July to the end of August, the temperatures do never drop below 29 °C even at night. There is absolutely no rainy season in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have almost no rainfall throughout the year. The sunshine duration is between 8 hours in winter and 11 hours in summer months.

Best Time to Visit Abu Dhabi: Overview

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MayMay
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up to 38 °C in the shadow
JuneJun
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39 °C average in the shadow on the day
JulyJul
Very hot
41 °C average in the shadow on the day
AugustAug
Very hot
41 °C average in the shadow on the day
SeptemberSep
Very hot
39 °C average in the shadow on the day
OctoberOct
Hot
up to 35 °C in the shadow
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When to go to Abu Dhabi?


Due to the extreme heat, an Abu Dhabi vacation in midsummer is only recommended for experienced tropical holidaymakers and healthy people. Especially travellers with heart complaints or circulatory disorders should better avoid the months of May to October. Who cannot resist the attractive discount offers in the summer, should consult their family doctor for a checkup and ensure sufficient supply of fluid throughout the day. The travel period from mid-June to early September is therefore referred to as the “hot season”.

The so-called off-peak times and shoulder seaisons, for example at the beginning of May or the end of October, are much more recommendable. However, the best time to visit Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates is in February, March, April, November and December. January is also nice for exploring with daytime temperatures of around 24 °C (around 14 °C at night) and a water temperature of around 22 °C. A nice contrast to the mostly cold, grey winter in Europe and most part of the States!

Climate Chart Abu Dhabi

Climate Chart Abu Dhabi
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Abu Dhabi

In the following, you will find the climate table for Abu Dhabi, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature24°25°28°33°38°39°40°40°39°35°30°26°
Night Temperature14°15°17°21°25°27°29°29°27°23°19°16°
Water Temperature22°21°23°25°27°30°31°32°32°30°27°25°
Precipitation (inch)0.310.830.550.310.04000.040000.2
Hours of Sunshine8889111110101010108
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature is 26.9 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (34.1 °C)
Coldest month: January (18.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature is 32 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 2.28 inch

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 11.2 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 9.5 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Sights


Besides the luxurious Emirates Palace Hotel, one of the most important sights in Abu Dhabi is the imposing Sheikh Zayid Mosque. Non-Muslims are also welcome here (except during prayer times, especially on Fridays), admission and guided tours are free.

On the island of Yas Island there is a mall, the popular Yas Waterworld water park and the Ferrari World theme park in the immediate vicinity of the Yas Marina Circuit Formula 1 circuit. The brand-new Louvre Abu Dhabi is another spectacular thing to see and visit, not only for art lovers.

The Corniche, a beautifully designed promenade, lies in the northwest of the main island and faces directly the open ocean. The best view in Abu Dhabi can be enjoyed from the Observation Deck at 300 in the Etihad Towers, the most beautiful beach in the United Arab Emirates is located on the artificial island of Saadiyat about 500 meters east of the port of Abu Dhabi.

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Abu Dhabi (Station Min?aqat al Ma??r)
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Clouds: 0 %       Wind: 4 mph ONO
Air Pressure: 1001 hPa       Humidity: 70 %
Last updated: 22nd Aug 2019, 12:16 am
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United Arab Emirates: Regions

Abu Dhabi is part of the holiday destination United Arab Emirates. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Abu Dhabi: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 13 reviews for Abu Dhabi holiday already. Average rating is 4.7 of 5 stars.
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    michael, 65 years old was there in January

    after the winter and the wet cold warming and soothing

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Christine, 62 years old was there in November

    Ideal weather, warm enough for swimming, not too hot for sight seeing

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Thomas, 49 years old was there in January

    Partly cool wind. Temperature 22-24 degrees. Not suitable as a bathing holiday for this time of year.

    Weather Rating: 2 stars – Tricky

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    waltraud.roeckmann@web.de, 69 years old was there in January

    the weather was super pleasantly warm, very well suited for excursions

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Julia, 32 years old was there in December

    We were in Abu Dhabi + Dubai between the years and enjoyed the travel climate very much. It was pleasantly sunny every day, only in the early morning there was some fog, but at the latest around 10 o’clock it cleared up completely. The day values were in the shade at a mild 24-25 degrees, in the sun 30 degrees were reached. Especially in Abu Dhabi there was a light breeze during our trip, so it never got too hot. All in all a really perfect travel time to escape the winter blues in Germany. Is December / January warm enough for a bath? Basically yes, because the water is usually even warmer than the air. If the wind is not too strong, the temperatures for swimming (in the sea and pool) are even ideal. We liked the stand most on Saadiyat Island, where the new Louvre Abu Dhabi was opened. There is a great public beach and a private beach club (Saadiyat Beach Club), as well as several luxury hotels including St. Regis Abu Dhabi. Simply super!

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Udo, 50 years old was there in November

    The weather in mid-November was excellent.
    Approx. 28 degrees, hardly any wind, no rain – simply perfect.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    eva, 53 years old was there in January

    heavenly pleasant with fruity temperatures
    ) and a light breeze coming from the sea

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Ida, 52 years old was there in November

    I was in Abu Dhabi for 10 days in November.
    The weather was super, warm and sunny, a little windy.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Silke, 43 years old was there in October

    It was a little too warm.
    Day temp.: 36-39°C, Water temp.: 32°C,
    no rain, no clouds, daily sunshine

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Heidrun, 65 years old was there in April

    It was 38 degrees, but we were at the sea and it was not too hot, because there was also a light wind. Dreamlike. An incomparably great holiday.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Johanna, 66 years old was there in January

    It was just right with the temperatures. Early in the morning.
    you could have breakfast outside.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Iris, 54 years old was there in September

    It was very, very hot and the humidity was extremely high. The next visit will follow in November…

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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