Abu Dhabi Weather & Events in April 2023

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner

Everything you need to know about visiting Abu Dhabi in April

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We are yet to complete updating this guide for 2023; the information below reflects events during 2022

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, 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 in March, expected to start from 22 March 2023, subject to moon sighting and last through until 21 April 2023.

All entry restrictions previously imposed on tourists due to COVID-19 have now been removed and there is no longer a need to take a PCR test or present an”Al Hosn Green Pass” in order to enter public spaces.

You can stay up to date with all the latest COVID rules in Abu Dhabi here.

Abu Dhabi Weather in April

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

In April, you should expect sea temperatures on average of 25.2°C (77.4°F). The month starts with minimum seas temperatures of around 22.7°C (74.9°F), climbing by month 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 2023

We are still updating this monthly guide to Abu Dhabi events for 2023 – dates and details below may still reference 2022

During April 2022 in Abu Dhabi, Ramadan will be the predominant event. Expected to run from 2 April to 1 May 2022 (final dates subject to moon sighting), the key events and celebrations in Abu Dhabi this April will revolve around Iftar and Suhoor.

After a 2-year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, Iftar tents will be back with additional safety measures and large hotel and restaurant iftar buffets.

Abu Dhabi Airport to Dubai - new AUH Express Shuttle

Cultural Events in Abu Dhabi this April

  • Catch the last couple of weeks of Portrait of a Nation II at Manarat Al Saadiyat until 16 April 2022.
  • A new special exhibit opens at Louvre Abu Dhabi from 20 April to 24 July 2022, Stories of Paper.
Traditional Islamic tile pattern and lantern
The arrival of an earlier Ramadan in April is much anticipated by the Muslim community

Suggested Abu Dhabi activities in April 2023

April, when it’s really starting to warm up, is a great time of year to look at some water and poolside activities.

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:

  • 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 2022

With the Dubai to Abu Dhabi border reopened in late February, all COVID checkpoints have been removed and your should find free and easy passage around the country.

  • 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 2022

The kids will no doubt be happy sitting poolside in April so staying at one of the lovely city resort hotels with kids club will be an absolute winner at this time of year. We love the family-friendly facilities at:

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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!

(Newly open Hilton Abu Dhabi on Yas Island is currently offering some great inclusive deals for your hotel & theme park tickets, which are well worth looking at if you’re interested in staying on Yas Island).

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.

Over on Hudayriyat Island, new attractions, including the Circuit X high ropes park, BMX track, skate park and splash park, are open into the evening. Enjoy the nighttime atmosphere of Marsana packed full of restaurants, cafes and food trucks beachside (beach access with sun loungers here is FREE!).

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

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