Everything you need to know about visiting Abu Dhabi in November
Abu Dhabi enjoys a wonderful mild November with a vibrant atmosphere as the city moves into outdoor life and welcomes many international visitors for Grand Prix season.
November 2020, however, will bring with it quite a significant change as COVID-19 restrictions still severely restrict visitor numbers so the city the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – which has been pushed back to December – will be conducted without public attendance.
For those who live in the city or those from overseas prepared to wait out the required 14-day self-quarantine, you will find plenty of superb attractions returning with very limited crowds and strict safety and hygiene rules enforced.
NB – Resident visitors from other Emirates can cross the Abu Dhabi border at present with a negative PCR/DPI test presented at the border. If you stay longer than 6 days you will be required to take a follow-up PCR test. International arrivals, regardless of whether they have come from AUH or any other airport in the UAE still need to complete 14-days of quarantine (per current regulations).
Abu Dhabi weather in November
Abu Dhabi’s average day time maximum temperature in November is 29.5°c (85°F), with highs still as much as 37.4°c (99.3°F) and average lows overnight down to 24.2°c (75.6°F).
In November, you should expect sea temperatures on average of 28.5°c (83.3°F). Maximum sea temperatures are expected of 30.9°c (85.7°F) through to a minimum 26.1°c (80.9°F). This is one of the best months for the beach with lovely water temperatures and wonderful mild to cooling days.
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
During November you can experience:
- Flag Day – Held every year on 3 November, Emirati’s take great pride and honour in displaying their National Flag. Signalling the unification of the 7 Emirates – 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 2 December you will see the city blanketed in red, green, white & black.
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 go on at the very least an evening 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. 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
Due to the border restrictions returning into Abu Dhabi (there is no restriction heading east into Dubai) we suggest you keep your Abu Dhabi sightseeing trips to within the Emirate. There is no better time to explore the historic oasis city of Al Ain. Here you can experience many of the UAE’s most intriguing cultural attractions including:
- 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 Thiseger 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 Hudayriat Island is a must to go and explore from 10 November onwards. 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 (we await news if the splash park can open). 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.
- 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: