Everything you need to know about visiting Abu Dhabi in March
March is a wonderful time of the year to be in Abu Dhabi. Spring – such as it is in the UAE – briefly makes an appearance in March. Day time temperatures are warm but still cool a little in the evening for a refreshing break and there is plenty going on around town to see and do.
After November, it is probably our second favourite month of the year we recommend for visitors to come to Abu Dhabi!
Please note this city guide relates to 2022. We will update this March guide to Abu Dhabi in early 2023. Note that the Holy Month of Ramadan will fall into the latter half of March in 2023. Please consider this when making your Abu Dhabi travel plans.
Abu Dhabi weather in March
Abu Dhabi’s average day time maximum temperature in March is 27.1°C (80.8°F), with highs as much as 40.2°C (104.3°F) and average lows overnight down to 20.8°C (69.4°F).
In March, you should expect sea temperatures on average of 22.7°C (72.9°F). Temperatures can be as low as 20.8°C (71°F) in the water, although sea temperatures can reach 24.6°C (74.8°F). It is still a little brisk in the water even though the outside air is significantly heating up during the day.
It’s not unusual in March to still experience some rain and dust storms. We wouldn’t be packing the umbrella ‘just in case’, but on a rare occasion, you might find yourself needing to seek cover and quickly change plans to an indoor day.
Whatever 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 March 2022
During March there are usually a lot of festivals and events happening around town. The COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place over the last two years have meant that some events have not been publicized and are likely to be confirmed at the last minute.
We will update this page when we have further information, but here is a round up of what you have to look forward to in March 2022!
- On those cool evenings, you can still soak up the culture at the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival – Held nightly on the outskirts of the city, this annual event showcases local traditions such as camel racing and falconry. You can learn more here.
- The Middle East Film and Comic Convention (Comicon) is back in the UAE! Traditionally held in Dubai, this year’s festival to all thinks ‘geek’ will be held at Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from March 4th – 6th. Stars include Ming-Na Wen (Mulan, Mandalorian, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones, Fast and Furious) and Jon Bernthal (The Punisher, The Walking Dead) as well as the voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy. There will be a variety of workshops and a cosplay competition with a grand prize of 25,000 AED. For tickets and more details click here.
- On the 18th March, Abu Dhabi will launch its first ever Maritime Heritage Festival on the Abu Dhabi Corniche. The festival merges the contemporary with the traditional and invites visitors to explore the city’s maritime past through a reconstruction of historical buildings. There will be arts and crafts, storytelling and demonstrations. The festival will run until March the 27th. Learn more here.
- From March 1st a new exhibition featuring three surrealist Iranian artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian will begin at the NYU Abu Dhabi Gallery.
- If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, Mcgettingan’s Irish bar at Dusit Thani is the place to be!
- Al Dhafra Water Sports Festival usually takes place in March but the dates for 2022 are still to be confirmed.
Suggested Abu Dhabi activities in March
March is our favourite month for island exploration – warm weather and refreshing dips in the Gulf waters.
Did you know Abu Dhabi has over 200 islands? In fact, the main city is an island! Most visitors will likely be familiar with Saadiyat Island and Yas Island, but there are plenty of new islands, and some a little further away from town vying for your attention too.
- Why not try an Abu Dhabi sightseeing cruise from either Emirates Palace Marina or Yas Marina with Yellow Boats
- Visit the exclusive luxury island Zaya Nauri – day trips with brunch on a weekend or stay at the resort.
- For a more serene experience, try kayaking in the mangroves taking you to some of the city’s most beautiful nature spots
Day trips from Abu Dhabi in March
Keeping with our island theme, if you want to head beyond Abu Dhabi city, this is the perfect time of year to head west and visit Sir Bani Yas Island. Sitting off the coast from Ruwais, from the Jebel Dhanna Jetty you are transported by ferry to one of the UAE’s largest nature reserves.
Another top suggestion for March while it’s not too hot is to head south to Abu Dhbai’s second largest ity Al Ain. The Garden City or Oasis City as it’s also known is home to the UAE’s only currently listed UNESCO World Heritage site, which actually incorporates several sites dotted around the city.
The best thing to try at this time of year is Glamping in Abu Dhabi – there are a few spots to be found really close to the city and some further afield – check them all out here in our complete guide to Abu Dhabi glamping.
Of course, March sees your last chance to visit EXPO 2020 in Dubai which will come to a close at the end of the month. If you are willing to battle the crowds (which have accumulated due to new 50 AED multi-visit tickets), you really should take the chance to experience something quite extraordinary.
Beware that you will need to show a green Al Hosn screen, or proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test, or a negative PCR test within 96 hours to cross back over the border from Dubai into Abu Dhabi on your return.
Abu Dhabi with kids in March
With on going COVID-19 restrictions, parks and outdoor spaces are the winning formula for kids in 2022. The weather is still cool enough in March to be out in all but the peak of the day. Why not try these venues around the city:
- Umm Al Emarat Park in the centre of Abu Dhabi island is always a winner for kids activities. With social distancing measures in place, you can enjoy all the parks regular features from the botanic gardens to the small splash park, wadis, or seasonal events. Throughout Winter 2022 kids can visit BOUNCE in the park for outdoor trampolining fun, or try the FREE outdoor cinema running throughout March.
- Jubail Mangrove Park – our go-to outdoor venue for getting some fresh air this winter. Whether you come at high tide and enjoy the serene aqua waters or come around low tide to see the sea life scampering beneath, it’s one of Abu Dhabi’s most beautiful areas for families to explore.
- Al Hudayriyat Island – From the high adrenaline activities at Circuit X High Ropes Course, BMX Park & Skate Park to the more serene Heritage Trail that loops along the coast ending at the Marsana beach and food trucks, its the perfect place to enjoy the fresh spring weather in Abu Dhabi
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 the most up-to-date COVID entry rules 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:
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