About Abu Dhabi

Useful visitor and arriving expat information about Abu Dhabi can be found below.

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Abu Dhabi has a sub-tropical, arid climate. Sunny, clear, blue skies and high temperatures can be expected most of the year. 

Rainfall occurs sporadically in Abu Dhabi, in winter (November to March) but is slightly more common in the ‘Oasis City' of Al Ain, the emirate’s second largest city, due to its proximity to the Hajar mountains. 

Winter temperatures are very pleasant, mid 20s celcius during the day and 13-20 degrees at night. 

Summer temperatures can be extremely high, during July and August they can be in the 40s reaching a high in in downtown traffic of mid 50s. 

The cooler months, November to April, are the most pleasant time for family and friends to visit, when temperatures are around 24°C. 

Visitors should be diligent in avoiding sunburn by using various forms of protection from the sun.

Religion and Language 

Islam is the official religion of the UAE. The official language of the country is Arabic but English is also widely used. 

See more information on the Culture and History of Abu Dhabi.

Food and Water Hygiene 

It is not recommended to drink the tap water. Bottled and filtered water is readily available. 

The quality of food hygiene in high end restaurants is very good, but street vendor and low end restaurants can be variable. 

It is recommended that all fruit and vegetables purchased from supermarkets are thoroughly washed before consumption. 

The environment is generally very dusty, therefore regular hand washing is highly recommended.

For Medical related information about Abu Dhabi, including vaccinations required and medical facilities, click here.


If you are planning on becoming an Expat in the UAE or a tourist on a visit, we highly recommend you also check out the Abu Dhabi Tourism site.

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