Awesome Abu Dhabi Weather & Events in April 2024

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

Everything you need to know about visiting Abu Dhabi in April

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April is a transition month for Abu Dhabi, from mild pleasant days at the start of the month, usually coinciding with local and European school holidays, to hot days approaching summery highs by the month’s end.

There is usually a lot going on around town in April as many outdoor events such as markets, al fresco breakfasts, brunches, and bars squeeze out the last of outdoor weather before life moves indoors, usually around the start of May.

This year, the Holy Month of Ramadan will commence on 11 March and last until 9 April 2024 (dates subject to the moon sighting).


Abu Dhabi Weather in April

Abu Dhabi’s average daytime maximum temperature in April is 31.4°C (88.5°F), with highs as high as 43°C (109.4°F) and average overnight lows down to 24.6°C (76.3°F).

In April, you should expect an average sea temperature of 25.2°C (77.4°F). The month starts with minimum sea temperatures of around 22.7°C (74.9°F), climbing by month’s end to a very pleasant 27.7°C (79.9°F).

Make no mistake, no matter what time of year you visit Abu Dhabi, you will still want a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses – you can find our full packing list tips for Abu Dhabi here.

Weather information sourced from the National Centre of Meteorology Climate Report 2003-2019 for Abu Dhabi Corniche and seatemperature.org

Abu Dhabi Special Events in April 2024

During April 2024 in Abu Dhabi, Ramadan will be the predominant event. Expected to run from 11 March to 9 April 2024 (final dates subject to moon sighting), the key events and celebrations in Abu Dhabi this April will revolve around Iftar and Suhoor.

Note that non-muslims can attend, but it is polite to dress modestly and allow fasting guests to serve themselves first.

Cultural Events in Abu Dhabi in April 2024

Live entertainment generally ceases during Ramadan, so there isn’t much going on around the capital this month.

  • Watch the Iftar cannon being fired at Umm Al Emarat Park or Qasr Al Hosn at sunset throughout Ramadan and attend an evening Ramadan event.
  • There are various sumptuous iftars (the sunset meal taken after a day of fasting) around the city – we outline some of the best Iftar spreads here.
  • Eid Al Fitr is due to be celebrated around the 10th-12th of April. The streets will be lit up with lights, and fireworks displays will be found across the city throughout the Eid holiday (usually three days). Fireworks have already been confirmed at Yas Bay Waterfront and on Abu Dhabi Corniche, but they are likely to be found in other locations, too. Times and dates will be confirmed in line with the moon sighting.
  • Eid celebrations featuring traditional dancing and other cultural spectacles have also been confirmed at Qasr Al Hosn and Manarat Al Saadiyat for Eid. Times and dates will be confirmed in line with the moon sighting.
Traditional Islamic tile pattern and lantern

Theatrical Events and Live Performances

  • Entertainment for the whole family comes in the form of Scooby Doo and the Lost City of Gold – a live stage spectacular at the Etihad Arena from the 12th to the 14th of April.
  • Sudanese singer (and doctor) Omer Elamin will take to the stage at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation on the 19th of April.
  • Classical music fans can enjoy maestro Yuri Bashmet and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia at the Emirates Palace, also on the 19th of April.
  • Prepare to be stunned by the Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Crystal’ at the Etihad Arena from the 26th April until the 5th May. ‘Crystal’ is the company’s latest mesmerising creative ensemble. For tickets and more information click here.
  • Popular Arab singer Assala will be live in concert at The Emirates Palace on the 27th of April.
  • Treasured children’s picture book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ will make its way to the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation Stage on April the 28th.
  • Fontana will be returning to the Big Top in Abu Dhabi with their ground-breaking water circus show from 7 April to 20 June 2024 Yas Island, opposite Etihad Arena (See our full review here)
fontana water circus abu dhbai big top on yas island

Festivals and Exhibitions

  • Kayan Wellness Festival is a five-day event on Al Fahid Island from 17 to 21 April. Explore the seven valleys with global wellness speakers, yoga, meditation, and wellness workshops in a breathtaking setting from 4:30 PM daily.
  • The Bred Festival – an intermingling of the city’s creative minds through art, music, sports and fashion – will take over Yas Bay Waterfront from the 24th to the 28th April.
  • The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair will take place at ADNEC between the 29th of April and the 5th of May and will include talks, technical and creative workshops, live music and children’s activities as well as the chance to buy books from around the world.

Suggested Abu Dhabi Activities in April 2024

April, when it’s really starting to warm up, is a great time of year to look at some water and poolside activities. You should be mindful that Ramadan will; cover much of April and that eating and drinking will be restricted in some places, and that loud music and other live entertainment may be limited during daylight hours.

We suggest in April, you will want to mix things up by being indoors during the peak of the day and enjoying the early morning and evenings outside to enjoy the mild nighttime temperatures. Why not try:

  • Visit the brand new Abrahamic Family House, a fascinating interfaith complex featuring a mosque, church and synagogue on Saadiyat Island.
  • Take a guided speed boat tour around Abu Dhabi’s extensive coastline – there are Yas Marina options as well as tours that leave from the Emirates Palace Marina.
  • Stroll the Corniche in the evening, or even better, hire a bike or a scooter from the central Corniche plaza to get the most of Abu Dhabi’s 8km long beach frontage.
  • Visit Qasr Al Watan to see the country’s Presidential Palace in action.

Day Trips from Abu Dhabi in April 2024

  • It’s still pleasant enough in the evenings to enjoy a desert safari, admire the sparkling dunes at sunset followed by a traditional Bedouin experience under the stars.

Abu Dhabi with Kids in April 2024

The kids will no doubt be happy sitting poolside in April, so staying at one of the lovely city resort hotels with a kids club will be an absolute winner at this time of year, especially as things now carry on much as usual during Ramadan inside most beachfront hotels. We love the family-friendly facilities at:

Kids playing in pool at Rixos Saadiyat Island family resort in Abu Dhabi
Rixos Saadiyat Island has amazing family-friendly facilities in an all-inclusive setting

April is the perfect time of year to enjoy the outdoor rides and attractions of Yas Waterworld, followed by cooling off at either Warner Bros World or Ferrari World, both indoors for a reprieve from the heat!

You can also catch the last of outdoor cinema season at the city’s beloved Umm al Emarat Park, as well as enjoy the beautiful botanical gardens, splash parks and wadis they have created for cooling off. During Ramadan, they will also be hosting the firing of the cannon, a truly special experience if you’re new to the Muslim culture, followed by an Iftar picnic.

Enjoy the attractions on Hudayriyat Island, including the Circuit X high ropes park, BMX track, skate park, and splash park, all of which are open into the evening to beat the midday heat. Soak up the nighttime atmosphere of the Marsana area, packed full of restaurants, cafes, and food trucks right by the beach (beach access with sun loungers here is FREE! a real bonus in Abu Dhabi).


Check out the best things to do in Abu Dhabi every month here


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