Steamy September! Abu Dhabi Weather & Events in Early Autumn

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner

Everything you need to know about visiting Abu Dhabi in September

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Abu Dhabi experiences a hot and humid tail end to summer throughout September – cooler winter weather really doesn’t kick in until late October. Crowds are low and outside time is still limited, but the return of many expatriates and an influx of new joiners at this time of year still means there are plenty of special offers to enjoy around town.

September 2022 sees most COVID restrictions being lifted and capacity limits removed at venues across the city. The main restriction that remains is ensuring you have Al Hosn Green Pass.

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

Please note the events detailed in this guide are yet to be updated for 2023.

Abu Dhabi Weather in September

Abu Dhabi’s average daytime maximum temperature in September is 37.4°C (99.3°F), with highs as much as 45°C (113°F) and average lows overnight down to 31°C (87.8°F). The “feels like” temperature, which takes into account humidity, can often be as high in September as it is in August.

In September, you should expect sea temperatures on average of 33.5°C (92.3°F). Maximum sea temperatures are expected of 34.6°C (93.4°F) through to a minimum of 32.5°C (91.3°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

Abu Dhabi Special Events in September 2023

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

Schools traditionally return in September, so it is a quieter time of year at resorts and attractions than August – though you can expect weekends waterside to remain busy while families and locals try to beat the heat.

Abu Dhabi Weather & Events in November 2023

*It’s important to note that you must have the Alhosn Green Pass to attend any public buildings or events in Abu Dhabi – learn more here.

Suggested Abu Dhabi activities in September 2023

While the weather remains extremely hot outside, you will want to restrict your outdoor activities to early mornings and evenings, but do mind the humidity too. For indoor entertainment, we recommend:

Day Trips from Abu Dhabi in September 2023

It is not the best time of year to day trip beyond Abu Dhabi in the heat. However, some nearby experiences you could try include:

Heading down the road to Dubai? You can check out more of what’s happening in Dubai in September here*

* Note that border restrictions have been lifted now between Dubai and Abu Dhabi emirates. You are now free to cross to Dubai or any of the Northern Emirates during your trip to Abu Dhabi without needing a recent PCR test for your return.

Abu Dhabi with Kids in September

Capacity restrictions have been completely lifted at entertainment venues across the city. In September, you will still want to seek out indoor activities and waterparks to keep your cool. We recommend you try:

You can find a detailed guide of things to do in Abu Dhabi with kids over here.

Yas Waterworld Yas Island
The perfect place to call down in the heat on Yas Island | Image courtesy of Yas Waterworld

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

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