Expected Weather & Awesome Abu Dhabi Events in March 2024

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

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 United Arab Emirates – 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 that we recommend visitors come to Abu Dhabi!

Note that the Holy Month of Ramadan will fall from approximately mid-March to mid-April 2024. 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

You should expect pleasant weather in Abu Dhabi during the month of 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 can expect sea temperatures as low as 21.6°C (71°F), up to highs of 24.6°C (74.8°F) by month end. On average, the shoulder season brings sea temperatures of 22.7°C (72.9°F).

March may not be the best month for swimming (we’d suggest you stay somewhere with a temperature-controlled pool!), but it is perfect for al fresco dining in the evening without feeling you need to bring a jacket; you’re past the chilly evenings of the winter season.

It’s not unusual in March to still experience some rain and dust storms. We wouldn’t be packing the umbrella ‘just in case’; the average rainfall in March is only 10mm. However, it wouldn’t be a total surprise if you find yourself needing to seek cover and quickly change plans to an indoor day if it does rain.

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 2024

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

In 2024, the holy month of Ramadan will start around the 11th 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

  • The Bassama Freiha Art Foundation – the city’s first and only private, not-for-profit foundation – will be launching a new exhibition space in the Saadiyat Cultural District from 4 March 2024
  • On those cool winter 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 9th. You can learn more here.
  • If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, McAffertys at Hilton Yas Bay, Irish Vickers at World Trade Centre Mall, PJ O’Reillys at Le Royal Meridien or McGettingan’s Irish bar at Dusit Thani are the places to be!
  • Hindus and colour lovers will want to join in with several festive events for Holi in Abu Dhabi, marking the occasion that will fall on 25 March 2024.
  • 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 11 March 2024 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?
  • The Christian celebration of Easter will occur on 31 March 2024 (Orthodox Christians will mark the occasion on 5 May 2024) – expect many venues in Abu Dhabi to still offer a special Easter Sunday brunch, despite it being Ramadan, as occured in 2023. You will also be able to find church services for all denominations.

Sporting Events

Comedy, Music and Theatrical Performances

  • Legendary Welsh Superstar Tom Jones will be hitting the stage on the 1st of March as part of the Saadiyat Nights concert series. Sir Tom, will be followed by award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend on March 2nd.
  • The Wireless music festival, previously touted to occur on 2 March 2024, has been moved to November.
  • The King of Romance, Andre Rieu, will be performing live at the Etihad Arena on the 9th of March.
  • Enjoy Queen by Candlelight – the ultimate Queen tribute, at the Etihad Arena on March 30th.

Suggested Abu Dhabi Activities in March 2024

March is our favourite month for outdoor activities and island exploration. 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.

  • Why not try an Abu Dhabi island hopping cruise from Al Bateen Marina? This particular tour includes stops for swimming and a picnic.
  • Book a daycation to Al Maya Island, just minutes from the city’s high rises but a world away; they’ve also reopened their villas for overnight stays.
  • Visit the exclusive luxury island Zaya Nurai – day trips with brunch on the weekend or stay at the resort.
  • Try a night at the new luxury villas that have opened at Bab Al Nojoum on Al Hudayriyat Island, or for a more rustic experience, enjoy their camping and glamping site.
  • For a more serene experience, try kayaking in the mangroves, taking you to some of the city’s most beautiful nature spots.

Day Trips From Abu Dhabi in March 2024

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 Dhabi’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) -rafting, 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.

sunset around Bab al nojoum camping bach frony hudayriyat
Beachfront camping at Bab Al Nojoum campsite

Abu Dhabi With Kids in March 2024

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:

  • Umm Al Emarat Park in the centre of Abu Dhabi island is always a winner for kids’ activities, from the botanic gardens to the small splash park, wadis, or seasonal events. Throughout Winter 2024, kids can enjoy the FREE outdoor cinema running throughout March.
  • 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
  • Yas Marina has brought back their “Movies in the Marina,” a free family event held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 23 February to 17 March 2024.

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


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