Everything you need to know about visiting Abu Dhabi in November
As the summer heat and humidity dissipate, Abu Dhabi enjoys a wonderful, mild November. The cooler weather brings with it a noticeably more vibrant atmosphere as the city moves outdoors and begins to welcome many international visitors looking for some winter sun.
Abu Dhabi Weather in November
The average maximum daytime temperature in November is 29.5°C (85°F), although some days can still reach 37.4°C (99.3°F). Nights are balmy, with average lows of 24.2°C (75.6°F). Most days are sunny, although there may be some misty starts.
November is arguably the best time to visit the beach in Abu Dhabi. Cooler temperatures make sunbathing and playing in the sand much more comfortable, and average sea temperatures of around 28.5°C (83.3°F) make for a refreshing swim!
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 November 2024
We are still updating this monthly guide to Abu Dhabi events for 2024 – some events below may still reference 2023. Please come back to this page later in 2024 where we will have some more up-to-date information ready for you.
There’s quite simply loads going on in Abu Dhabi this November, as well as the annual Flag Day celebrations; there are a whole host of cultural and sporting events for you to experience!
Cultural & Heritage Events
- This November will see the opening of the new Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal A. The official opening and renaming to Zayed International Airport will take place in February 2024.
- Flag Day – Held every year on the 3rd of November, Emiratis take great pride and honour in displaying their National Flag. The flag represents justice, peace, tolerance, power and moderation. Homes and businesses will unfurl their flags on this day, and throughout November until National Day on 2nd December, you will see the city blanketed in red, green, white & black.
- Taste of Abu Dhabi makes a grand return after several years of hiatus. Held at Gateway Park South, Yas Island, the weekend of 10-12 November 2023 will see celebrity chefs, hands-on workshops, live music and 15 popular Abu Dhabi restaurants represented in this popular outdoor family event.
- As part of the UAE National Day Celebrations, NYU Arts Centre will present ‘Hekayah -The Story’, which brings together poets, singers, musicians and storytellers in a one-of-a-kind event that showcases the diversity of the UAE.
- The Al Dhafra festival will be in full swing this month with a variety of events celebrating Bedouin culture. These include horse racing, falconry, camel milking competitions, and camel beauty contests. The festival runs from October 28 2023, until January 2024, in the desert, around a 2-hour drive from Abu Dhabi City. The exact schedule for 2023 TBC; for more details, click here.
- The Sheikh Zayed Festival kicks off at Al Wathba this month. Running from the 17th of November 2023 to the 17th of March 2024, this festival celebrates the culture and diversity of the UAE as well as the legacy of the nation’s founder.
- You can also check out the handicraft festival at Souq Al Qattara in Al Ain this month. The festival runs from the 1st until the 22nd of November and celebrates traditional crafts and local artisans.
- The House of Artisans at Qasr Al Hosn is offering a variety of craft workshops, including printmaking on tote bags and candle making, throughout November for more details, call +971 2 6976400.
- The Al Hosn Festival usually takes place in November or December and celebrates the UAE’s Heritage, craftsmanship, and art. The festival also showcases contemporary culture and provides a platform for artistic experimentation and engagement.
- For the first time ever, your World Supercross is coming to the Middle East! Enjoy all the thrills at the Etihad Arena on November 4th.
- The checkered flags go up for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 23rd, with the season’s final race on November 26th.
- Cricket fans, get ready! Abu Dhabi T10 will begin on the 28th of November at Zayed Cricket Stadium and will run until the 9th of December.
Theatrical Events & Live Comedy
- Get set for laughs as Russell Peters sets to the stage on the 23rd of November with his Act Your Age tour at the Etihad Arena. To book tickets, click here.
- The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing live at the Emirates Palace on the 3rd of November.
- Composer Brian Tyler will be wowing audiences at Etihad Park on November 3rd with a range of his movie scores. To find out more, click here.
- Step back in time as the Al Zaman Al Jameel Festival celebrates Middle Eastern music of the 90s on Nove,her 3rd and 4th – featuring Wael Kfoury, Hani Shaker and Hameed Alshaari. Full details TBC.
- November 11th brings K-Fest to the Etihad Arena, an electrifying one day festival that celebrates the best of Korean music and culture. To book tickets, click here.
- Globally renowned singing sensation Arijit Singh will perform at the Etihad Arena in the 18th of November. Book your tickets now!
- Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ticket holders can enjoy four concerts included in their ticket fee. Ava Max will kick off the Yasalam after-race concert on Thursday night, with DJ Tiesto taking over so that fans can dance the night away. Whilst Friday night’s concert is still to be announced, Saturday night’s concert brings country-pop royalty to the desert as Shania Twain sets to the stage. The Foo Fighters will provide the big rocking finale and close the race season on Sunday, the 26th of November. To find out more,click here.
- The Louvre Abu Dhabi’s special exhibition this winter is called ‘Letters of Light’. It explores the sacred texts of the three Abrahamic religions and presents outstanding examples of varied calligraphy and illustrations. Letters of Light will run until mid-January 2024.
- The Abu Dhabi art fair will run from the 23rd to the 26th of November at Manarat Al Saadiyat. There will be numerous exhibitions from local and international artists as well as workshops for the general public.
- The Abu Dhabi International Boat Show could have you sailing off into the sunset at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) between the 16th and 19th of November.
- And for any oil and gas professionals wanting to know how we will ‘meet the energy needs of tomorrow’, ADIPEC will start on November 9th also at ADNEC.
Suggested Abu Dhabi Activities in November 2024
November is the perfect month for seeing and experiencing more of the Abu Dhabi desert.
- We highly recommend visitors book, at the very least, an evening desert safari, if not a full overnight experience in the desert, to enjoy Bedouin hospitality and appreciate the vast rolling dunes of the Emirate at its best.
- Qasr al Watan has opened its doors to the public once more to explore the vast Great Hall and the surrounding grounds of the country’s Presidential Palace, an absolutely stunning modern architectural masterpiece. There are audio guides in a variety of languages, and now a guide exclusively for kids. Come in the evening at weekends to see the spectacular Palace in Motion sound and light show projected onto the palace walls.
- Qasr al Hosn – the story of the city is a wonderful tour through the city’s oldest building, fully restored. An important educational experience for Abu Dhabi residents and visitors alike.
- Kayaking at the Louvre – as if visiting one of the world’s most spectacular modern museums isn’t enough, how about kayaking below the unique domed roof in a fascinating 60-minute tour?
- Take to the tracks! There are several bike tracks to enjoy in Abu Dhabi, perfect as the weather cools. So why not rent a bike at TrainYas open night on the Grand Prix circuit (outside of Grand Prix week) or try the new TrailX MTB for mountain biking on Al Hudayriyat?
Day Trips From Abu Dhabi in November 2024
- Al Ain Oasis
- The Jebel Hafit Tombs – now part of the newly reopened Jebel Hafit Desert Park
- The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre – part of the Al Ain Zoo
- Al Jahili Fort & the Wilfred Thesiger photography exhibit
Abu Dhabi With Kids in November 2024
November brings with it a great range of indoor and outdoor opportunities for kids, why not try:
- Enjoy the fast and furious action at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – with the introduction of two new attractions plus the exciting new family zone; there’s something here for everyone to enjoy, from tots to teens.
- Jubail Mangrove Park – the little ones especially will love the boardwalk through the mangroves at either low tide to see the life in the mad flats beneath or come at high tide to experience the natural beauty or even go on a kayak-guided tour through the mangroves, an incredible nature experience close to town.
- Enjoy one of Abu Dhabi’s family-friendly luxury beach clubs – we have a great selection to choose from here, including those that are most suited to families.
- The newly opened extension to the leisure facilities at Al Hudayriyat Island is a must-visit! Stay at the glamping tents at Bab al Nojoum, test your skills and endurance at the OCR Park or find plenty for kids to enjoy at Circuit X, from BMX Bikes to High Rope Courses. The beachfront here is also free to use, and there’s a great selection of food trucks.
Before you go… Important things to consider when planning a trip to Abu Dhabi
- Pop into our essential planning information page, it includes everything you need to know about getting around Abu Dhabi, a handy guide on what to pack as well as top tips for first-timers on the dos and don’ts, laws, and customs in the UAE.
- Don’t forget to pack your travel insurance!
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