Everything you need to know about visiting Abu Dhabi in November
As the summer heat and humidity dissipates Abu Dhabi enjoys a wonderful mild November. The cooler weather brings with it a noticeably more vibrant atmosphere as the city moves outdoors and begins to welcome many international visitors looking for some winter sun.
Abu Dhabi weather in November
The average maximum day time temperature in November is 29.5°C (85°F) although some days can still reach 37.4°C (99.3°F). Nights are balmy with average lows of 24.2°C (75.6°F). Most days are sunny although there may be some misty starts.
November is arguably the best time to visit the beach in Abu Dhabi. Cooler temperatures make sunbathing and playing in the sand much more comfortable and average sea temperatures of around 28.5°C (83.3°F) make for a refreshing swim!
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 November
There’s quite simply loads going on in Abu Dhabi this November as well as the annual Flag Day celebrations there are a whole host of cultural and sporting events for you to experience!
- Flag Day – Held every year on 3rd November, Emirati’s take great pride and honour in displaying their National Flag. The flag represents justice, peace, tolerance, power and moderation. Homes and businesses will unfurl their flags on this day and all the way through to National Day on 2nd December you will see the city blanketed in red, green, white & black.
- The Al Dhafra festival will be in full swing this month with a variety of events celebrating Bedouin culture. These include horse racing, falconry, a camel milking competition and even a camel beauty contest. The festival runs from October 28th 2021 until January 22nd 2022 in the desert around 2 hours drive from Abu Dhabi City. For more details click here.
- You can also check out the handicraft festival at Souq Al Qattara in Al Ain from the 28th October until the 13th November 2021.
- The House of Artisans at Qasr Al Hosn is offering a variety of craft workshops, including print making on tote bags and candle making throughout November for more details call +971 2 6976400.
- The Al Hosn Festival will run from November 25th until December 4th 2021 and celebrates the UAE’s Heritage, craftsmanship and art. The festival also showcases contemporary culture and provides a platform for artistic experimentation and engagement. For more details and to book tickets click here.
- Hani Shaker, the widely considered ‘prince’ of Arab Singing will be performing at the Etihad Arena on 4th November but if ABBA is more your thing you can catch the internationally acclaimed tribute band REVIVAL at Theatre by Erth on the 3rd, 4th and 5th November 2021.
- The 11th November will see a night of Flamenco at the Qasr Al Wattan with Curro de Candela.
- For Martial arts enthusiasts, Enfusion on the 12th November 2021 at the Etihad Arena will showcase some of the world’s best kickboxing and Muay Thai fighters and will include 2 world title fights.
- Cricket fans get ready! Abu Dhabi T10 will begin on the 19th November at Zayed Cricket Stadium and will run until the 4th December.
- Indian singer and composer Arjit Singh will be performing some of his biggest Bollywood hits at the Etihad Arena on the 19th November.
- Comedy Lovers can also see Michael McIntyre live at the Etihad arena on the 26th November 2021.
- Theatre by Erth will also be presenting ‘The Greatest Show Songs’ on the 26th and 27th November 2021.
- And for any oil and gas professionals wanting to know how we will ‘meet the energy needs of tomorrow’, ADIPEC will be running from November 15th – 18th at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
Suggested Abu Dhabi activities in November
November is the perfect month for seeing and experiencing more of the Abu Dhabi desert.
- We highly recommend visitors to book, at the very least, an evening desert safari, if not a full overnight experience in the desert to enjoy Bedouin hospitality and appreciate the vast rolling dunes of the Emirate at its best.
- Qasr al Watan has opened its doors to the public once more to explore the vast Great Hall and the surrounding grounds of the country’s Presidential Palace, an absolutely stunning modern architectural masterpiece. There are audio guides in a variety of language and now a guide exclusively for kids. Come in the evening at weekends to see the spectacular Palace in Motion sound and light show projected onto the palace walls.
- Qasr al Hosn – the story of the city is a wonderful tour through the city’s oldest building, fully restored. An important educational experience for Abu Dhabi residents and visitors alike.
- Kayaking at the Louvre – as if visiting one of the world’s most spectacular modern museums isn’t enough, how about kayaking below the unique domed roof in a fascinating 60-minute tour.
Day trips from Abu Dhabi in November
- Al Ain Oasis
- The Jebel Hafit Tombs – now part of the newly reopened Jebel Hafit Desert Park
- The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre – part of the Al Ain Zoo
- Al Jahili Fort & the Wilfred Thesiger photography exhibit
Abu Dhabi with kids in November
November brings with it a great range of indoor and outdoor opportunities for kids, why not try:
- Enjoy the fast and furious action at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi -with the introduction of two new attractions plus the exciting new family zone there’s something here for everyone to enjoy from tots to teens
- Jubail Mangrove Park – the little ones especially will love the boardwalk through the mangroves at either low tide to see the life in the mad flats beneath, or come at high tide to experience the natural beauty, or even go on a kayak guided tour through the mangroves, an incredible nature experience close to town
- Enjoy one of Abu Dhabi’s family-friendly luxury beach clubs – we have a great selection to choose from here including those which are most suited to families.
- The newly opened extension to the leisure facilities at Al Hudayriyat Island is a must visit! Stay at the new glamping tents at Bab al Nojoum, test your skills and endurance to the OCR Park or plenty for kids to enjoy at Circuit X from BMX Bikes to High Rope Courses. The beach front here is also free to use and there’s a great selection of food trucks.
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!
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