Adjusting to the weather in Abu Dhabi is a challenge that can be difficult for expats.
While the emirate advertises its year-round sunshine and sparse rainfall as one of its most attractive qualities, expats should be forewarned that the constant blue skies bring with them extreme heat, particularly during summer (June to September).
Temperatures can average around 100°F (40°C) during this season, peaking in August. Many expats plan long family holidays during this period to escape the uncomfortably hot conditions. Though, if expats can't arrange some time away, most buildings are air-conditioned and maintain a cool temperature.
On the other hand, the mild months (November to April) in Abu Dhabi are incredibly pleasant. Temperatures hover around 75°F (24°C), rarely dipping below 50°F (10°C) even on the coldest nights.
Expats should bring lightweight clothes, but nothing that’s too revealing. Abu Dhabi is the capital of an Islamic country and Westerners should respect Islamic law even if they are not bound by it. Thin sweaters, jerseys and jackets are enough to keep one warm during winter.