Abu Dhabi Weather & Events in March 2023

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner

Everything you need to know about visiting Abu Dhabi in March

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March is a wonderful time of the year to be in Abu Dhabi. Spring – such as it is in the UAE – briefly makes an appearance in March. Daytime temperatures are warm but still cool a little in the evening for a refreshing break, and there is plenty going on around town to see and do.

After November, it is probably our second favourite month of the year we recommend for visitors to come to Abu Dhabi!

Please note this city guide relates to 2022. We will update this March guide to Abu Dhabi in early 2023. Note that the Holy Month of Ramadan will fall into the latter half of March in 2023. Please consider this when making your Abu Dhabi travel plans.

Further Reading: The best time of year to visit Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Weather in March

Abu Dhabi’s average daytime maximum temperature in March is 27.1°C (80.8°F), with highs as much as 40.2°C (104.3°F) and average lows overnight down to 20.8°C (69.4°F).

In March, you should expect sea temperatures on average of 22.7°C (72.9°F). Temperatures can be as low as 20.8°C (71°F) in the water, although sea temperatures can reach 24.6°C (74.8°F). It is still a little brisk in the water even though the outside air is significantly heating up during the day.

It’s not unusual in March to still experience some rain and dust storms. We wouldn’t be packing the umbrella ‘just in case’, but on a rare occasion, you might find yourself needing to seek cover and quickly change plans to an indoor day.

Whatever 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.

Abu Dhabi historic weather chart by month

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 March 2023

During March, there are usually a lot of festivals and events happening around town.

In 2023, the holy month of Ramadan will start around the 22nd of March. During Ramadan, most live entertainment stops and Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours. Visitors and non-Muslim expats should be mindful of this.

Restrictions have changed considerably over the years. However, it is always best to respect the local culture and refrain from eating and drinking in public except in designated areas, as doing so is still legally prohibited. It is also advisable for women to dress a little more conservatively during this very special time.

For more details about what to expect during Ramadan, click here.

Historical & Cultural Events

  • On those cool evenings, you can still soak up the culture at the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival – Held nightly on the outskirts of the city; this annual event showcases local traditions such as camel racing and falconry. This year the festival will end on March 18th. You can learn more here.
  • The Middle East Film and Comic Convention (Comicon) is back in Abu Dhabi. Headliners at this year’s tribute to all things ‘geek’ will include actor Matt Smith (Dr. Who, House of the Dragon) as well as Andy Serkis, famous for playing the voice of Golam in The Lord of the Rings. The convention will be held at Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from March 3rd – 5th. To find out more or book tickets click here.
  • If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, McGettingan’s Irish bar at Dusit Thani is the place to be!
  • Hindus and color lovers will want to join in with several festive events for Holi in Abu Dhabi, marking the occasion that will fall on 8th of March 2023.
  • Celebrating everything women in the UAE during March. International Women’s Day is widely marked on 8 March, and UAE Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the 21st of March with many special themed afternoon teas and special packages.
  • The Holy Month of Ramadan will commence on or about 23 March 2023 and lasts approximately 29 days. Most live entertainment stops at this time. Non-Muslims should be aware of daylight fasting over Ramadan, but why not locally join in with an Iftar for breaking of the fast or overnight Suhoor to mark the occassion?

Sporting Events

  • The World Triathlon Championship Series takes place on the 3rd and 4th of March.
  • Al Dhafra Water Festival will be held daily from 10 to 19 March 2023, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm Al Mughira Beach, Al Dhafra (Western Region).

Comedy, Music and Theatrical Performances

  • The Ultra Abu Dhabi Music Festival will occupy Etihad Park on the 4th and 5th of March. DJs include Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Adam Beyer and Amelie Lens.
  • There will be the Stand Up Comedy Show Performance By Mo Amer & Maz Jobrani at the Etihad Arena on March 11th.
  • Also on the 11th of March is Wireless Music Festival, the UK’s number 1 Urban Music Festival. The festival will includes performances from the world’s biggest hip-hop, urban, rap, R&B and grime stars and features Travis Scott, King, Black Sherif and Divine. For tickets and more information, click here.
  • Abu Dhabi Festival, ADMAF announces the spectacular line-up of world-renowned artists appearing at this year’s special edition, from 10 March 2023 to 20 March 2023

Suggested Abu Dhabi Activities in March 2023

March is our favourite month for island exploration – warm weather and refreshing dips in the Gulf waters.

Did you know Abu Dhabi has over 200 islands? In fact, the main city is an island! Most visitors will likely be familiar with Saadiyat Island and Yas Island, but there are plenty of new islands, and some a little further away from town vying for your attention too.

Day Trips From Abu Dhabi in March

Keeping with our island theme, if you want to head beyond Abu Dhabi city, this is the perfect time of year to head west and visit Sir Bani Yas Island. Sitting off the coast from Ruwais, from the Jebel Dhanna Jetty, you are transported by ferry to one of the UAE’s largest nature reserves.

To make the most of it, you are definitely best staying overnight, either in the Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, or enjoy one of their luxury Villas Al Yamm Villa Resort or Al Sahel Villas.

Sir Bani Yas Resort

Another top suggestion for March, while it’s not too hot, is to head south to Abu Dhbai’s second-largest city Al Ain. The Garden City (or Oasis City as it’s also known) is home to the UAE’s only currently listed UNESCO World Heritage site, which actually incorporates several sites dotted around the city.

Al Ain Adventure has also recently re-opened its doors (formerly Wadi Adventure) -r afting, surfing, kayaking and wakeboarding are amongst the many water sports you can participate in at this incredible outdoor adventure venue in Al Ain.

The best thing to try at this time of year is Glamping in Abu Dhabi – there are a few spots to be found really close to the city and some further afield – check them all out here in our complete guide to Abu Dhabi glamping.

Abu Dhabi With Kids in March

The weather is still cool enough in March to be out in all but the peak of the day. Why not try these venues around the city:

  • Jubail Mangrove Park – our go-to outdoor venue for getting some fresh air this winter. Whether you come at high tide and enjoy the serene aqua waters or come around low tide to see the sea life scampering beneath, it’s one of Abu Dhabi’s most beautiful areas for families to explore.
Circuit X Al Hudaytriyat island High Ropes course
The High Ropes Course at CircuitX on Al Hudayriyat Island, Abu Dhabi

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

Before you go… Important things to consider when planning a trip to Abu Dhabi

  • Don’t forget to pack your travel insurance!

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