Everything you need to know about visiting Abu Dhabi in February
Abu Dhabi enjoys mild winter days in February. Towards the end of the month temperatures gradually increase, heralding the start of spring. It is an ideal time of year to visit Abu Dhabi for pleasant weather and low crowds.
Note that in February 2022 there continue to be PCR testing and some quarantine requirements for visitors to Abu Dhabi. To find out more click here.
Abu Dhabi weather in February
Abu Dhabi’s average day time maximum temperature in February is 24.2°C (75.6°F), with highs of 36.2°C (97.1°F) and average overnight lows of 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
February 2022 see’s on going COVID-19 precautionary measures such as compulsory PCR testing and the use of the Al Hosn Green Pass, along with mask wearing and social distancing. Most large events have their capacity capped so be sure to book events early to avoid disappointment.
Cultural events in Abu Dhabi this February
- The Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival – held on purpose-built festival showgrounds in Al Wathba, an annual event that runs from late November to April 2022.
- As the UAE continues to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, exhibitions are popping up all over the capital. Take a peek at the installations at Manarat Al Saadiyat on ‘Khaleejiness’ as well as the ‘Portrait of a Nation’ exhibition which runs until the 16th April.
- The new Versailles and the World exhibition will open at the Louvre on January 26th and run until June 4th.
Culinary events in Abu Dhabi this February
- From 4 February until 11 February, Abu Dhabi Culinary will take you on a tour of the Middle East and North Africa’s 50 best restaurants. The event will include collaboration dinners and culinary masterclasses.
- Nahaam restaurant at the Conrad Hotel at Etihad Towers will be hosting a special Lindt chocolate Valentine’s brunch on 12 February. Alternatively, you could try the Valentine’s set menu at the popular Latin American restaurant VaKaVa on Sunday 13 February. You could even sail off to Al Maya island for their ‘Valentines under the Stars’.
- Of course Chinese New Year falls on the 31st January and many hotels will have themed dinners and celebrations. Hakassan at The Emirates Palace will have a special ‘Year of the Tiger’ set menu on offer until February 13th.
Sporting events in Abu Dhabi this February
- The FIFA Club World Cup is finally in Abu Dhabi for all the football/soccer fans out there! Games will take place at both the Mohamed bin Zahid and Al Nahyan stadiums between February 3rd and February 12th 2022.
Suggested Abu Dhabi Tourist 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! Kayaking is now also available at Jubail Mangrove Park, Reem Island and around the Louvre, Saadiyat Island.
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 – most tour operators are again 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.
And for something a bit different, visit Abu Dhabi’s newest attraction, ‘Prison Island’ a network of 26 challenging escape rooms tucked inside Abu Dhabi Mall.
Day trips from Abu Dhabi in February
After a number of months of unregulated travel between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the border check point on the way back into Abu Dhabi has been reinstated. Now you will need to have an active Al Hosn Green Pass or proof of a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours to enter the emirate of Abu Dhabi from Dubai.
In addition to proof of vaccination or a negative test result you will also be scanned using an EDE scanner to check for potential signs of COVID-19 infection. (Note that this is the same technology that is used at malls and other points of interest around the Emirate).
Whilst going to Dubai might seem like a headache, don’t let it put you off visiting Expo 2020 in Dubai, a truly memorable experience.
If you’d rather not cross the border to Dubai, here are some other options of days out in February.
- 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.
- Visit Al Ain Oasis and the various forts and palaces in Abu Dhabi’s ‘Garden City’. See how dates have been cultivated for generations using the elaborate galah system and visit the Palace of Sheikh Zayed the UAE’s founding father.
Abu Dhabi with kids in February
Still plenty of fun for the kids to have outside during February 2022. 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.
- Yas Waterworld will reopen on the 12th February following its winter maintenance shutdown, so grab those bathers and get ready for action!
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.
- Find the latest Abu Dhabi COVID-19 Guidance here.
- 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:
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