Everything you need to know about visiting Abu Dhabi in October
Depending on what time of the month you are looking at, October can be a great time to visit Abu Dhabi. The peak summer temperatures noticeably drop off by mid-month and by the end of October there are signs that the cooler days of winter might be on their way.
It is a great time of year for beach weather if you like your heat, although we’d still recommend you stay indoors during the peak times of the day and making the most of early mornings and cooler evenings.
Further Reading: The best time of year to visit Abu Dhabi
This guide was last updated for 2021, we will be updating for October 2022 soon
Abu Dhabi Weather in October
Abu Dhabi’s average day time maximum temperature in October is 33.9°C (93°F), with highs as much as 41.6°C (106.9°F) and average lows overnight down to 28°C (82.4°F).
In October you should expect sea temperatures on average of 31.6°C (88.9°F). Maximum sea temperatures are expected of 33°C (90.3°F) through to a minimum 30.2°C (87.5°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 October 2021
As Abu Dhabi embraces a new ‘post-COVID’ normal, it’s great to see events returning to the capital and this October seems to be jammed packed with things to do!
- One of the big events this month is the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show. Running from the 13th to the 16th of October 2021 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the show promises a spectacular array of boats, marine equipment, fishing accessories and water sports.
- Perhaps not something that you would anticipate from the UAE is the celebration of Oktoberfest; an increasingly popular emulation of the traditional German beer festival. Many hotels have their own beer gardens set up with a variety of German food and continental beers on offer. The festivities this year kicked off at The Westin on the 22nd of September and run until the 16th October 2021 with a live DJ on Fridays. The Yas Plaza hotels will also be hosting their own Oktoberfest event from the 7th to the 16th October.
- Another celebration that doe not exactly spring to mind when you think of the UAE is Halloween, yet in recent year’s it’s become a big and well-loved event. Many hotels offer Halloween themed brunches, afternoon teas and even murder mystery nights. Most larger residential developments host Halloween parties and many malls have Halloween treasure hunts. This year the Galleria Mall is going all-out with their ‘Monster Village’ on October 28th and 29th and Warner Brothers World invites you to trick or treat with Scooby and Shaggy at 4pm every day until the 31st October.
- If live music is what you’re looking for, Abu Dhabi City Golf Club have transformed their green into an outdoor live music venue. The line up features some of the UAE’s top musical talent including live bands and DJs. Gates open on the 1st October 2021.
- From the 7th -9th October 2021, little ones can be entertained by Magic Phil in his ‘Staying Silly at Sea’ show, or escape down the rabbit hole with Alice in a new production of Alice in Wonderland running between the 14th and 16th of October at Theatre by Erth. Older children might also find it fun to hear all of the gory details about ‘Barmy Britain’ in a stage version of the ‘Horrible Histories’ book, also at Theatre by Erth, on the 19th and 20th of October 2021.
- The whole family can also enjoy watching an open-air movie together on Fridays and Saturdays at Umm Al Emarat Park. Take your picnic blanket and grab a (socially distanced) spot by the big screen and enjoy a family blockbuster as the sun sets!
- Catch live cricket in the capital with the T20 Men’s Cricket World Cup taking place from 17 October to 14 November 2021 at three venues across the Emirates, including Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium in Khalifa City.
- Finally, anyone with a love of art and design, can’t miss Semi Permanent! The creativity and design festival will feature Oscar and Grammy winning songwriter, DJ and producer, Mark Ronson, and will take place between the 14th and 16th October 2021 at Manarat Al Saadiyat.
Note that strict COVID-19 precautionary measures are still in place in Abu Dhabi. Entry to most events requires an Al Hosn ‘Green Pass’ or proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test. Most large venues (such as theatres) require a negative PCR result within 48 hours of admission.
Face masks should be worn in enclosed spaces such as museums, malls, supermarkets and hotel lobbies as well as in taxis and on other public transport. Masks should also be worn in crowded outdoor areas and when not eating or drinking in restaurants. Gatherings in restaurants are limited to tables of 10. Social distancing must be maintained at all times in Abu Dhabi.
Suggested Abu Dhabi Activities in October
Given the limits and restrictions at present, we suggest some low key outdoor activities where social distancing can be observed is your best option. Some things you could try include:
- Take a kayak or eco-donut boat out on to the Eastern Mangrove
- Enjoy the spectacular Louvre, followed by afternoon tea at one of Saadiyat Island’s beautiful 5 star hotels.
- Take a tour of Qasr Al Hosn before taking a sunset cruise along the corniche.
- Enjoy one of Abu Dhabi’s exclusive and luxurious beach clubs, or take in many of the free (or really cheap) public beaches.
Do note, in order to maintain capacity limits, pre-booking is essential almost everywhere in Abu Dhabi at present.
Day Trips from Abu Dhabi in October
Last month saw the easing of travel restrictions within the UAE and it is now possible to travel between the Emirates without the need for numerous PCR tests. Here are a few options for exciting day trips, should you wish to explore the UAE beyond Abu Dhabi:
- Visit Al Ain, the garden city of Abu Dhabi with its lush green oases and archaeological wonders. Visit the camel market and drive to the summit of Jebel Hafeet for beautiful views and some cool fresh air.
- Head to Dubai, visit Legoland or one of the other theme parks at Dubai Parks and Resorts or be enchanted by Dubai’s Miracle Garden, reopening in October for it’s winter season.
- Get out into the desert on a desert safari and get to grips with the UAE’s cultural heartland.
Abu Dhabi with Kids in October
With the cooler weather on its way, it’s a fabulous time of year to seek out more outdoor opportunities, albeit these will still be limited due to social distancing measures.
In October in Abu Dhabi, why not try:
- Take a splash in the fountains then enjoy Cinema in the Park – Umm Al Emarat Park
- Visit the Jubail Mangrove Park
- Take a kid-friendly self-guided tour of the glimmering Qasr Al Watan – Presidential Palace
- A day out at Yas Waterworld on Yas Island
- For any really hot days check out the revamped children’s museum at the Louvre
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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