Everything you need to know about visiting Abu Dhabi in February
Abu Dhabi enjoys mild winter days in February, though warming through to an early and pleasant spring by month-end. It is an ideal time of year to visit Abu Dhabi for pleasant weather and low crowds.
February 2021 will be unique as there are continuing restrictions on arrivals into Abu Dhabi Emirate. Those that can wait out the quarantine and testing requirements will be richly rewarded.
Abu Dhabi weather in February
Abu Dhabi’s average day time maximum temperature in February is 24.2°C (75.6°F), with highs as much as 36.2°C (97.1°F) and average lows overnight down to 18.6°C (65.5°F).
In February, you should expect the coldest sea temperatures of the year, on average of 21.1°C (70°F). Maximum sea temperatures are expected of 22.4°C (71.3°F) through to a chilly minimum of 19.9°C (68.8°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 February
Feburary 2021 see’s ongoing restrictions of large events in Abu Dhbai, although the following are expected to go ahead within social distancing regulations. you can expect
- The Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival – held on purpose-built festival showgrounds in Al Wathba, an annual event that runs from late November through to February. Running in 2021 through until 20 February 2021
Suggested Abu Dhabi activities in February
Given the weather and current social distancing rules, you undoubtedly want to be experiencing the best of Abu Dhabi outdoors during February. Why not try:
Qasr Al Hosn – found in the centre of Abu Dhabi island. Home to Abu Dhabi’s original landmark building the Al Hosn Fort, this is the perfect place to come and take a step back through history during the cool and pleasant winter months, a variety of indoor and outdoor displays.
Kayak the Mangroves – there’s a couple of superb spots to do this, both close to town. Try the Eastern Mangroves (adjacent to the Anantara Hotel), here you can also higher Eco Donut Boats if you’d prefer not to do the padding! Or newly opened, kayaking is now available at Jubail Mangrove Park.
A city boat tour – A fabulous way to see the city made up of hundreds of islands, there are several departure locations and types of boats, from thrilling speed boats to more sedate traditional dhows to get out on the water and enjoy the fresh winter air.
Enjoy an evening in the desert – a limited number of tour operators are back taking visitors to the rich golden dunes just outside of the city for a unique and memorable desert experience. expect dune bashing, quad biking and a camel ride before settling into evening entertainment including BBQ dinner and a dance show over shisha and henna painting.
Day trips from Abu Dhabi in February
As you can imagine with the ongoing border restrictions in place between Abu Dhabi and neighbouring Dubai, day trips are best kept to Abu Dhabi Emirate until further notice.
- A day exploring the Jebel Hafeet Park – Explore the 5000-year-old beehive tombs and many hiking trails at the foot of Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain. There are also overnight camping and glamping options to consider here.
It IS possible to cross into Dubai and other Emirates of the UAE if you have completed any self-quarantine periods currently required by Abu Dhabi authorities. There’s nothing stopping you driving to the Northern Emirates, but there are strict protocols to follow re-entering Abu Dhabi – we include these in great detail on our Dubai site here.
Abu Dhabi with kids in February
Still plenty of fun for the kis to have outside during February 2021. Why not try:
- The new CircuitX experiences on Al Hudayriat Island. Ropes course, zipline, rock climbing and free fall are all on offer at one location, or head over to the beach and Marsana for the Skate Park (Splash Park currently closed under regulations)
Before you go… Important things to consider 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.
- Check current entry requirements for Abu Dhabi.
- Don’t forget to pack your travel insurance!
- Discover the best places to stay in Abu Dhabi, or bag a bargain on your accommodation here: