Everything you need to know about visiting Abu Dhabi in September
Abu Dhabi experiences a hot and humid tail end to summer throughout September – cooler winter weather really doesn’t kick in until late October. Crowds are low and outside time is still limited, but the return of many expatriates and an influx of new joiners at this time of year still means there are plenty of special offers to enjoy around town.
September 2021 sees many COVID restrictions being lifted and capacity increased at venues across the city. groups can now meet in tables of up to 10 and the new “Green Pass” for entering public spaces will be in full swing – learn more about the Green Pass and how it will impact tourists and residents.
Further Reading: The best time of year to visit Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi weather in September
Abu Dhabi’s average day time maximum temperature in September is 37.4°C (99.3°F), with highs as much as 45°C (113°F) and average lows overnight down to 31°C (87.8°F). The “feels like” temperature which takes into account humidity can often be as high in September as it is in August.
In September, you should expect sea temperatures on average of 33.5°C (92.3°F). Maximum sea temperatures are expected of 34.6°C (93.4°F) through to a minimum 32.5°C (91.3F).
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 September
September 2021 is looking promising for a return of events. Still with crowd restrictions in place but nonetheless an exciting line up across the city:
- Disney on Ice will debut at Etihad Arena with shows on between 2 and 11 September 2021.
- An evening with Russell Peters, Comedian will also take place at Etihad Arena, 17 September 2021.
- World Future Energy Summit at ADNEC from 7 to 9 September 2021.
- Abu Dhabi International Hunting & Equestrian Exhibition will take places at ADNEC from 27 September to 3 October 2021
Schools traditionally return in September so it is a quieter time of year at resorts and attractions than August – though you can expect weekends waterside to remain busy while families and locals try to beat the heat.
*It’s important to note that you must have the Alhosn Green Pass to attend any public buildings or events in Abu Dhabi – learn more here.
Suggested Abu Dhabi activities in September
While the weather remains extremely hot outside, you will want to restrict your outdoor activities to early mornings and evenings, but do mind the humidity too. For indoor entertainment we recommend:
- Afternoon tea at one of Abu Dhabi’s top hotels
- Visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi
- Catch up on some history at Qasr al Hosn
- Sky high views and dining at Observation 300
Day trips from Abu Dhabi in September
It is not the best time of year to day trip beyond Abu Dhabi in the heat, however some nearby experiences you could try include:
- A daycation to Al Maya Island & Resort – boats depart from near the Palace
- A daycation to Zaya Nurai Island – just a 10-minute speed boat from Saadiyat Island
- Take a tour of some of Al Ain’s historic attractions including the Al Ain Palace Museum and UNESCO Heritage Listed Al Ain Oasis.
Heading down the road to Dubai? You can check out more of what’s happening in Dubai in September here*
* Note that border restrictions have been lifted now between Dubai and Abu Dhabi emirates. You are now free to cross to Dubai or any of the Northern Emirates during your trip to Abu Dhabi without needing a recent PCR/DPI test for your return.
Abu Dhabi with kids in September
Capacity restrictions at most entertainment venues across the city have been increased and it’s “business as usual” with increased health and safety measures in place across the city. In September, you will still want to seek out indoor activities and waterparks to keep your cool. We recommend you try:
- Ferrari World
- Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
- Yas Waterworld
- CLYMB Abu Dhabi
- Little ones will like an evening stroll and play at the Circuit X Splash Park at Marsana, Al Hudayriyat island
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!
- Discover the best places to stay in Abu Dhabi, or bag a bargain on your accommodation here:
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