Everything you need to know about visiting Abu Dhabi in July
Abu Dhabi experiences very long, hot summers. July is a slightly drier heat than August, but still exceptionally hot and can be very muggy. Most events and activities go on hold over summer as many expatriates disappear to their home countries over the hottest part of the year.
Whilst Abu Dhabi is issuing tourist visas again post-COVID, there remain strict entry requirements. Depending on where you are flying from you are likely to need to self-isolate for up to 10 days on arrival and adhere to a follow-up PCR testing program. Once this is complete, you are free to explore Abu Dhabi & the UAE. Some events and activities are still subject to cancellation. Stay up to date with UAE COVID Information for travellers here.
Abu Dhabi weather in July
Abu Dhabi’s average day time maximum temperature in July is 38.9°C (102°F), with highs as much as 47.9°C (118.2°F) and average lows overnight down to 32.3°C (90.1°F).
In July, you should expect sea temperatures on average of 32.8°C (91°F). Maximum sea temperatures are expected of 34.9°C (93.1°F) through to a minimum of 30.8°C (89°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 July
Due to COVID safety measures, there are few large public events scheduled for July 2021.
- Catch the return of live entertainment to the UAE capital on 16 July 2021 with an Evening with Michael McIntyre. The British Comedian extraordinaire will be the grand opening act at the new Etihad Arena on Yas Island.
- The religious occasion of Eid Al Adha will fall approximately 19 to 22 July 2021. This is a public holiday in the UAE and there may be special events around town including fireworks and shopping specials, though all subject to prevailing COVID rules.
Suggested Abu Dhabi activities in July
Due to the extreme weather and conditions in July, we suggest keeping to indoor activities. Why not try;
- The Louvre Abu Dhabi – bask in air-conditioned comfort while experiencing a journey through humanity in this beautiful waterfront masterpiece.
- Observation 300 – afternoon tea at Conrad Etihad Towers, or simply enjoy the views from the observation deck at one of Abu Dhabi’s most unique modern buildings.
- Explore the inside of Qasr Al Watan, the UAE’s Presidential Palace gives the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque a run for its money as the most beautiful building in the country.
Day trips from Abu Dhabi in July
Due to current Coronavirus restrictions, day-tripping from Abu Dhabi during July is more challenging than usual. You will need to keep abreast of local testing requirements if crossing beyond the Dubai border to the Northern Emirates. You can see domestic border crossing rules here.
Nonetheless, if you’re willing to make the trip and can get transportation (most tour companies are not presently operating cross-border), then some highlights worth considering in Dubai during July include:
- Take an indoor ski lesson at Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates
- Spend an evening in Downtown Dubai – enjoy the sunset at Burj Khalifa, followed by dinner around the fountain show on Burj Lake and enjoying the indoor attractions of Dubai Mall
- Take a birds-eye view of the city from the Dubai Frame
You can find a complete guide to the best of Dubai in July over here on our partner site dubaitravelplanner.com
Abu Dhabi with kids in July
Most family facilities within the city have full re-opened, although capacity is limited at most venues to comply with COVID-19 measures. Our top family recommendations for July include:
- WB World Abu Dhabi – the world’s largest indoor theme park
- Ferrari World – ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster and check out the thrilling new family zone with some of the best thrilling roller coasters and rides for kids under 12.
- CLYMB Abu Dhabi – incredible indoor skydiving and rock climbing experience, suitable for kids even as young as 3 years old! Super thrilling and high energy but an indoor airconditioned experience!
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.
- 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: