climate and what to wear

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Abu Dhabi is a destination with almost year-round sunshine, little rainfall and near perfect winter temperatures.

Abu Dhabi has a sub-tropical, arid climate. Sunny blue skies and warm temperatures can be expected most of the year. Rainfall is sporadic, falling mainly in winter (November to March) and averaging 12cm per year in most of the emirate. Rain is more common in the lush oasis city of Al Ain, the emirate's second-largest city, due to its proximity to the Hajar mountains.

Temperatures range from a low of around 13°C (50F) on a winter's night to a high of around 42°C (118F) on a summer's day. The cooler months, November to April, are the most pleasant time to visit, when temperatures are around 24°C (75F) during the day and 13°C (56F) at night.

Essential info

Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but something slightly warmer may be needed for the winter months. Be sure to take some sort of jacket or sweater when visiting hotels or the cinema, as the air conditioning can be cold.

Although the attitude towards clothing style is fairly liberal throughout the UAE, a healthy amount of respect for local customs doesn't go amiss, especially when shopping or sightseeing. Short or tight clothing may be worn, but it will attract attention - most of it unwelcome. However, regular swimwear, including shorts for men, full-piece swimsuits or bikinis for women, can be worn on Abu Dhabi’s private and public beaches.

Malls, health clubs and resort facilities are generally more accepting of what's fashionable, but as a sign of respect when visiting government offices, it is best to cover your shoulders and legs. It is especially recommended that you dress more conservatively during Ramadan.

In the evenings, depending on their dress code, the city’s cosmopolitan restaurants and clubs see people from around the world in various styles of dress, from laid-back casual to cocktail-party inspired, black-tie to glamorous. Ladies are advised to take a pashmina or jacket because of cold air