March Weather Averages for Abu Dhabi

What's the Weather like in Abu Dhabi in March

Temperature

Abu Dhabi starts to heat up in March, but it still isn't close to the hottest months.  The average monthly temperature in Abu Dhabi in March is 23°C.  The daytime averages will climb up to 29°C and the nights cool down to 17°C.  Record temperatures in Abu Dhabi in March are 43°C and 8°C.

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  • Temperature Temperature 23°C 73°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 29°C 84°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 17°C 63°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 11 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 10 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 6 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 22°C 72°F

March Daily Averages for Abu Dhabi

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°C 23 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 23 25 25 25 25 25 26 25 25 24 25 26 25 24 25 26 27 26 26 26 26 26 26
°F 73 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 73 77 77 77 77 77 79 77 77 75 77 79 77 75 77 79 81 79 79 79 79 79 79

What's the Weather like in Abu Dhabi in March

Temperature

Abu Dhabi starts to heat up in March, but it still isn't close to the hottest months.  The average monthly temperature in Abu Dhabi in March is 23°C.  The daytime averages will climb up to 29°C and the nights cool down to 17°C.  Record temperatures in Abu Dhabi in March are 43°C and 8°C.

Rainfall

Rainfall in Abu Dhabi in March is similar to January and February.  Rainfall totals average right around 10mm over six days of precipitation. The chances of rainfall are 6% and sharply decline going into April.

Sunshine Hours

Abu Dhabi averages 11 hours of sunshine in March.  By the end of March there are 12 hours 22 minutes between sunrise and sunset.  The chances of a cloudy sky in March average 25%, slightly increasing towards the end of the month.

Humidity

The average relative humidity in Abu Dhabi decreases from February to March, to 62%.  However, due to the increasing temperatures, the air will feel very humid most of the time, especially going into April.

Wind

The average wind speed in Abu Dhabi in March stays more or less right around 4.4 m/s.  The wind direction doesn't change from the previous couple of months, staying out of the north and west with occasional southerly and easterly winds.

Sea Temperature

The average ocean temperature in Abu Dhabi is 22°C in March and slightly increasing.

Dress Code

The United Arab Emirates is a Muslim nation and guests are asked to respect the local traditions – which are actually laws that do get enforced.  Men can wear short-sleeve shirts, and shorts are typically only reserved for exercise or the beach. 

Women can wear short-sleeve shirts as long as the shoulders and midriff are covered, and the knees must also be covered. Women are invited into mosques but must cover everything except their hands and faces. 

Conservative two-piece bikinis are also allowed at the beach only.  You may want to bring a light jacket for wearing indoors where there is air conditioning.  The Abu Dhabi extended forecast will have more information about expected weather during your trip. 

Abu Dhabi Hotels in March

TRYP By Wyndham

The four-star TRYP By Wyndham is a great lodging option in Abu Dhabi's business district.  Its location puts you central to Abu Dhabi Beach, the Corniche waterfront, and within minutes of many outstanding restaurants and shops.  There are 146 spacious, air-conditioned rooms, equipped with plush bedding, flatscreen TVs, a minibar, and free WiFi.  Suites are also available, offering living rooms, dining areas, and pull-out sofas. There are two restaurants at TRYP; one is open all day and serves an outstanding international buffet, the other is a unique grill experience featuring eastern and western fusion cuisine.  You will also find a rooftop pool and day spa at TRYP.

Centro Al Manhal

The three-star Centro Al Manhal is a modern hotel in central Abu Dhabi catering to the business traveler.  Centro Al Manhal features 229 rooms with comfortable bedding, modern furnishings, and updated bathrooms.  Centro Al Manhal offers a number of meeting rooms in their business center and also has a 24-hour gym.  There is one rooftop pool, a contemporary restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a 24-hour deli, and a hip bar.  Centro is close to Abu Dhabi Beach, Khalidiyah Mall, and numerous other restaurants.  Airport transfer is available for a small fee.

Royal Rose Hotel

The Royal Rose Hotel is an elegant five-star hotel located in central Abu Dhabi in a beautiful high-rise.  All of the 355 elegant rooms feature balconies, spacious bathrooms, minibars, and free WiFi.  Suites include a butler service and continental breakfast.  Royal Rose Hotel is also home to two restaurants; the casual Brasserie Café serves coffee and snacks 24 hours a day; Pintania offers a buffet-style breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Barocco serves sophisticated European cuisine for lunch and dinner.  Royal Rose also features a heated rooftop pool, separate spa for men and women, and a fitness centre.

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

The palatial Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi is a plush five-star hotel located near the Yas Island Marina Circuit.  This award-winning hotel is an architectural marvel in its design.  The eye-catching building features 499 spacious rooms, all with modern amenities and innovative design elements.  A number of different room sizes are available to everyone from single travelers to large families. Some rooms also feature views of the marina or racetrack.  Yas Viceroy is home to 11 different bars & restaurants, from Italian pizzerias to Japanese cuisine to Lebanese comfort food.  Their lounges and nightclub are some of the hottest places to be on Yas Island.  There are also two outdoor pools, gym, spa, and a children's pool.

Beaches in Abu Dhabi in March

Saadiyat Public Beach

The Saadiyat Public Beach is a sprawling white-sand beach on Saadiyat Island.  This family beach offers a variety of activities, including morning beach yoga sessions and eco-friendly watersports like sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing.  There is a beach café serving great juice drinks and food selections, and a retail shop selling beachwear and other goods.  Saadiyat Public Beach offers lounge chairs, umbrellas, towels, and lockers for rent.  Showers and changing rooms are also available. The beach is open daily from 8AM until sunset.

Bars and Restaurants

Mosaic

Mosaic is a wonderful authentic Lebanese restaurant in central Abu Dhabi.  This family-style restaurant, great for kids, serves homemade Lebanese meals all day long.  Some of the fantastic fresh meals you'll find on the menu are tabbouleh salad, various hummus platters, and great grilled meats like lamb ribs, chicken kafta, and shish tawouk.  A variety of fresh juices are available to go with your meal.  Mosaic was named Zomato's Number One Middle Eastern casual dining restaurant in 2018.  The atmosphere is very inviting and the service is spectacular.  Mosaic is open every day from 9AM to 11PM.

BU!

If you want a break from Middle Eastern food, check out the pan-Latin cuisine at BU!, located in the World Trade Center Mall.  This hip restaurant has rave reviews, excellent live music, and offers outdoor terrace seating with stellar views of the Gulf.  BU!'s Latin concept menu features soft shell tacos of sea bass and grilled beef, skewers with salmon, chicken, and tenderloin, a number of ceviches, and even Latin-inspired sushi rolls.  BU!'s bartenders serve outstanding exotic cocktails with flamboyant artistic flair.  BU! is open Sunday through Friday from noon until 3AM and on Saturday from 10AM to 3AM.

Angar

Angar is a critically acclaimed contemporary Indian restaurant housed in the Viceroy hotel on Yas Island.  The authentic Indian menu features a number of flavorful chutneys and curries, authentic tandoor dishes of chicken tikka and paneer tikka, spicy lamb vindaloo, and a large dessert menu.  The seafood dishes are equally impressive, including coconut scallops, lemon chili lobster curry, and spicy prawn chili milli.  Angar also has a vegan and vegetarian menu available.  Angar is open Tuesday through Sunday from 7PM to 11PM and on Friday from 2PM to 11PM.  Reservations are accepted.

Shawarma Time

Shawarma Time is a modest, affordable eatery in Abu Dhabi's business district.  This franchise restaurant serves the popular flavorful shawarmas, a staple of Middle Eastern street food.  Only fresh, local meats are used, and always chilled instead of frozen.  Healthy options of chicken shawarmas and grain salads are available, as well as more guilty pleasures of jacket potatoes, Brazilian cheese buns, and fried kibe.  A kid's menu is also available.  Shawarma Time is open Saturday through Wednesday from noon until midnight, Thursday from noon until 1AM, and Friday from 1PM to 1AM.  Online ordering is available.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi in March

Yas Drag Racing Festival

Yas Island is full of fast-paced activities, from Ferrari World to the Formula 1 Marina Circuit.  The Yas Drag Racing Festival takes place in March at the infamous Yas Marina Circuit, a multi-day event featuring fast cars, great food, and outstanding entertainment.  The Yas Marina Circuit has its own drag racing centre where the festival takes place.  Tickets can grant you general admission or admission to the air-conditioned lounges and pavilions.  Check the events calendar for specific dates.

Abu Dhabi Desert Safaris

There are a number of tour operators in Abu Dhabi who offer thrilling desert safaris.  The itineraries are often similar and consist of hotel pickup and then transport to the desert in an air-conditioned 4x4.  You'll soar over the dunes in these vehicles before arriving at a corral with camels.  Hop on a camel and enjoy a short ride through the desert before ending the day with refreshments and tea.  Some tours include extra cultural experiences like belly dancing and falconers.  Some operators also provide these tours at sunset.

Sadiyaat Beach Golf Club

The United Arab Emirates has some outstanding golf courses, one of which is the Sadiyaat Beach Golf Club on Sadiyaat Island.  A round of golf and rental clubs aren't exactly cheap, but the experience is worth it.  This golf course provides excellent views of the ocean, especially at sunset.  The course can be a challenge with its numerous bunkers and fast greens.  There's also a lot of interesting wildlife at the golf course, such as flamingos and the Arabian oryx.  Take some practice swings at their driving range and putting green before your round.  After golf enjoy dinner at the Hawksbill Restaurant.

Etihad Towers

The Etihad Towers are one of Abu Dhabi's newest skyline additions and one that you'll undoubtedly recognize in photos.  The towers are comprised of five unique glass-faced buildings, each of which provides something different to both visitors and long-term residents of the Towers.  There are 11 bars and restaurants at Etihad Towers, all with different cuisines and price ranges.  These restaurants are operated by the Jumeirah Hotel but are open to the general public.  Etihad Towers also offers a large shopping area consisting of everything from groceries to sophisticated jewelry and clothing shops.

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