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Abu Dhabi is located in the Arabian Gulf. Like its sister emirate, Dubai, it is known for having an extremely dry climate, with hot temperatures, high humidity and very little rainfall throughout the whole year. In fact, during the summer months from April to October, temperatures often rise to 42°C and above! The best time to holiday in Abu Dhabi is in the warm winter months where temperatures reach an average of 24°C. When holidaying in Abu Dhabi from November to March it is the ideal climate for outdoor escapes and discovering everything Abu Dhabi has to offer, from desert landscapes and beautiful beaches to its range of city attractions.

Note: Because January and February are the most popular months for tourists to visit this region, it is very common for restaurants and events to get booked early in advance. Be sure to speak to your personal travel manager when arranging travel if you would like reservations to be made at your favourite places on your behalf. Hotel and flight prices also tend to rise during this period, so booking in advance is highly recommended in order to secure early bird hotel offers. 

Abu Dhabi Weather Highlights

Average Breakdown
Hottest Month: July/August = highs of 42°C
Coldest Month: January = highs of 24°C
Highest Rainfall: February = 42mm 
Sunlight Hours: 8 - 11 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 23°C -33°C 
Humidity: 61.3%

What is the weather like in Abu Dhabi in January?

EMIRATES PALACE

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 12 - 24°C
Monthly Rainfall: 4mm
Humidity: 69%
Sunlight Hours: 8 hours 
Persian Gulf Temperature: 23°C

It is peak season for holidays to Abu Dhabi in January, here’s why…

January is very popular month to visit Abu Dhabi. The temperatures keep a lovely warmth throughout the day averaging between 18°C and 24°C. These comfortable figures are pretty much guaranteed throughout the month, alongside long hours of sunlight and very low rainfall – sounds perfect!
 
It is however important to note that temperatures do drop in the evenings quickly especially once the sun sets, so you may wish to pack a light jacket or cover up to help you keep warm if you are spending time outdoors as the evening.

Discover everything you can dream of at Emirates Palace, including opulent interiors, a Michelin-star restaurant and a luxurious on-site spa. 

What is the weather like in Abu Dhabi in February?

EASTERN MANGROVES HOTEL & SPA BY ANANTARA

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 13 - 25°C
Monthly Rainfall: 42mm
Humidity: 67%
Sunlight Hours: 8.5 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 23°C


It is peak season for holidays to Abu Dhabi in February, here’s why…

Warm temperatures are very predictable at this time of year, with the mercury resting in the daytime around 25°C throughout the month of February. Holiday makers love nothing better than guaranteed blues skies, warm temperatures and beaming sunlight, so it is easy to see why this is a very popular time to holiday in Abu Dhabi.

Guests however should be prepared for the temperature drop in the evenings, when you may need a light jacket or cover up if you are planning on socialising outside at night. Precipitation levels are also at their highest in the month of February. However, when it does rain, the clouds tend to form quickly and are dispersed even quicker after a short burst of rainfall, so cloudy skies are still a very rare sight in the region throughout the month of February.

Situated just outside Abu Dhabi amongst the mangroves, Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara offers a unique perspective on the city skyline.

What is the weather like in Abu Dhabi in March?

FAIRMONT BAB AL BAHR

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 16 - 29°C
Monthly Rainfall: 25mm
Humidity: 62%
Sunlight Hours: 8 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 23°C


It is peak season for holidays to Abu Dhabi in March, here’s why…

As winter turns to spring, temperatures start to raise noticeably at this point in the year. In March the average temperatures in Abu Dhabi range from lows of 16°C during the night to highs of 29°C during the day. This makes March a perfect period to holiday in Abu Dhabi, especially for those who appreciate the heat in the high twenties throughout the duration of their stay. 

While the sea temperatures can still feel a little on the cold side, especially towards the beginning of the month, March can be a great option for those who enjoy sunbathing on the beach paired with a refreshing dip in the sea.

Discover more about Fairmont Bab Al Bahr here, where the views of the pool alone will have guests breathing a deep sigh of relaxation.

What is the weather like in Abu Dhabi in April?

AL WATHBA A LUXURY COLLECTION DESERT RESORT & SPA

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 19 - 33°C
Monthly Rainfall: 7mm
Humidity: 56%
Sunlight Hours: 9.5 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 25°C

It is low season for holidays to Abu Dhabi in April, here’s why…

In April you will notice the mercury continues to rise in Abu Dhabi. During this month you can expect average lows of 19°C to highs of 33°C and you can anticipate peaks reaching the mid to high thirties most days. While some may thrive in these conditions, it can prove too hot for many which is why visitor numbers begin to decline in April.

One added benefit of visiting at this time of year is that the temperature does not drop too heavily anymore once the sun sets, so it will be more comfortable to socialise outdoors in the evenings in the month of April.

Learn more about Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa here, a secluded oasis surrounded by the tranquil sands of the Abu Dhabi desert. 

What is the weather like in Abu Dhabi in May?

JUMEIRAH AT SAADIYAT ISLAND RESORT

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 23 - 38°C
Monthly Rainfall: 0mm
Humidity: 52%
Sunlight Hours: 11 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 29°C

It is low season for holidays to Abu Dhabi in May, here’s why…

As Abu Dhabi enters the summer months, the temperatures begin to soar.

If you are holidaying in Abu Dhabi in May avoid the peak of the midday sun by spending time indoors where you can. Luckily there are lots of amazing world-renowned art galleries, shopping malls, and theme parks waiting to be discovered that also will all be climate controlled with air conditioning keeping you comfortable and entertained.

On a stay with Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort you can expect world-class dining at five amazing dining destinations. Find out more here.

What is the weather like in Abu Dhabi in June?

QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT BY ANANTARA

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 25 - 40°C
Monthly Rainfall: 0mm
Humidity: 57%
Sunlight Hours: 11 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 31°C

It is low season for holidays to Abu Dhabi in June, here’s why…

While sunlight hours are long in June, Abu Dhabi is getting towards the peak of summer and temperatures can easily reach up to 43°C in the daytime. 

At this point in the year the sea temperatures also rise to around 31°C and above. If you are travelling to Abu Dhabi at this time of year, you should remember when packing that you will be spending a lot of time indoors in air-conditioned environments. If you are venturing outside, guests should avoid the midday, wear a strong SPF and remember to always carry water with them to keep as hydrated as possible.

Live out all your desert dreams in Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara where the leisure excursions on offer are second to none. 

What is the weather like in Abu Dhabi in July?

QASR AL SARAB DESERT RESORT BY ANANTARA

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 28 - 42°C
Monthly Rainfall: 0mm
Humidity: 56%
Sunlight Hours: 10 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 32°C

It is low season for holidays to Abu Dhabi in July, here’s why…

July is peak summer in Abu Dhabi and it is characterised by consistent high temperatures throughout the month. At this point in the year, it is also very rare to experience rainfall. We do not recommend travel to the region at this time of year, unless guests are used to extreme heat or if they are planning on spending a lot of time indoors, for example, travelling on a business trip.

Just 90-minutes from the main city of Abu Dhabi you can reach the amazing Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara and witness this incredible desert landscape. 

What is the weather like in Abu Dhabi in August?

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 29 - 42°C
Monthly Rainfall: 0mm
Humidity: 58%
Sunlight Hours: 10 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 33°C

It is low season for holidays to Abu Dhabi in August, here’s why…

August is the hottest month in the year, therefore it is not the considered the best time to holiday in Abu Dhabi. With temperatures hovering consistently around 40°C and above throughout the day, spending anytime outdoors is often ‘too hot’.

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What is the weather like in Abu Dhabi in September?

THE RITZ-CARLTON ABU DHABI, GRAND CANAL

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 26 - 40°C
Monthly Rainfall: 0mm
Humidity: 61%
Sunlight Hours: 10 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 32°C

It is low season for holidays to Abu Dhabi in September, here’s why…

In September, temperatures start to drop as the seasons shift away from summer towards autumn. If this calendar month is a window of availability for you, travelling towards the end of the September will be the best option for more moderate levels of heat. 

With unbelievable views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and an abundance of luxurious amenities it isn’t hard to see why Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal attracts so many visitors. 

What is the weather like in Abu Dhabi in October?

ROSEWOOD ABU DHABI

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 22 - 36°C
Monthly Rainfall: 0mm
Humidity: 63%
Sunlight Hours: 10 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 31°C

It is low season for holidays to Abu Dhabi in October, here’s why…

In October, the intensity of heat subsides and temperatures now lower to average highs of 36°C during the day. These temperatures are consistent throughout the month and paired with the expectation of long hours of sunshine and zero chance of rain. 

The sea temperature is also at a moderate 31°C, meaning you can spend hours splashing around in the warm water quite comfortably. And evenings outdoors at this time of year are great, rarely dipping below 22°C, so it is an optimum time to enjoy alfresco dining and entertaining without needing a jacket to stay warm.

With an amazing eight different dining destinations to choose between, food-lovers should take another look at Rosewood Abu Dhabi. 

What is the weather like in Abu Dhabi in November?

SAADIYAT ROTANA RESORT & VILLAS

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 18 - 31°C
Monthly Rainfall: 2mm
Humidity: 66%
Sunlight Hours: 9.5 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 28°C

It is peak season for holidays to Abu Dhabi in November, here’s why…

Temperatures now stay in the high twenties throughout the day, which is a fantastic climate for many to thrive in the beautiful outdoors. In November you can make the most of the long hours of sunshine with lots of fun activities and never expect more than a couple millimetres of rain throughout the whole month.

With guaranteed temperatures coupled with constant blue skies, it is easy to see why November is one of the best times to visit Abu Dhabi. The Persian Gulf also holds on to the summer heat still at this time of year and maintains a very comfortable 28°C, so water sports and beach days are a fantastic fit.

Located on Saadiyat Island, a stay at Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas will provide guests with an incredible atmosphere in which to unwind, while still being close to all the action of the city.

What is the weather like in Abu Dhabi in December?

ANANTARA SIR BANI YAS ISLAND AL YAMM

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 14 - 26°C
Monthly Rainfall: 9mm
Humidity: 68%
Sunlight Hours: 8.5 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 25°C

It is peak season for holidays to Abu Dhabi in December, here’s why…

The moderately high temperatures of 26ºC coupled with the benefit of plenty of sunshine hours and very low expected rainfall, it is easy to understand why December is one of the best months to holiday in Abu Dhabi. 

While the evenings are quite pleasant, they can drop quickly as the sun sets so it is a good idea to pack a light jacket to keep you comfortable if you are looking forward to enjoying alfresco living.

Situated within a wildlife sanctuary on a private island off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm provides a unique stay like no other. Learn more here

If Abu Dhabi is fast becoming a firm favourite for your next escape our personal travel managers are experts in the UAE, so will be ready to guide you towards all the best hotel and leisure experiences. Perhaps you already have a holiday with us booked, well don’t be shy, our team will happily make some suggestions of things to do and places to eat at during your holiday. Better yet, we will even help make the arrangements for you in advance. What are you waiting for? Simply fill out an enquiry form here or call 0203 816 0985 today.
Rachel Lane

Rachel Lane is a Content Writer

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