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What To Pack For Your Visit To Abu Dhabi

How do you decide what to pack for your Abu Dhabi trip? That depends on when you visit and what you plan to do. It’s also useful to understand Abu Dhabi’s climate and local customs so that you can dress comfortably.

Pack your clothes based on whether you're arriving in the warmer summer months or the cooler winter months. November to April make up the winter months, with an average temperature of 24°C (75F) during the day and 13°C (50F) at night. May to October is much warmer, reaching over 42°C (118F) during the day.

Millions of international tourists visit Abu Dhabi every year to experience the local culture, and it's a culture that celebrates modesty. This is why it's important to cover up your shoulders and legs in places like malls, offices and cultural attractions like the Sheikh Zayed Mosque as a sign of respect. However, at leisurely locations like pools or beaches, it's perfectly fine to wear swimming shorts, bikinis or anything that you're comfortable in.

From family vacations to important business trips, here’s a list of essential items that you need for your visit to Abu Dhabi.


Prepare for warm days, cool nights, and chilled air-conditioned spaces. Here are the essentials for any family heading for Abu Dhabi:

  • Lightweight clothing made with breathable materials
  • Modest clothing that doesn’t expose a lot of skin
  • Evening attire for restaurants and events
  • Multiple sets of swimwear
  • Flip-flops
  • Sunscreen with a high protection factor
  • Sun hats and caps
  • Sunglasses
  • Pashmina or shawl
  • 3-prong plug adaptor
  • Stroller or pushchair



Office attire in Abu Dhabi is no different than any major city in the world. Here's a list of business trip essentials.

  • Suit and tie
  • Formal jackets, trousers or long formal dresses
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Formal heeled shoes
  • Formal and modest evening attire
  • Lightweight clothing for leisure time
  • 3-prong plug adaptor

Couples & Solo Travellers

Couples and solo travellers should be ready for all Abu Dhabi has to offer. These essentials will help you make the most of your stay:

  • Lightweight clothing like loose t-shirts, vests, and shorts
  • Modest clothing to show respect in public spaces
  • Evening attire for restaurants and events
  • Pashmina or shawl
  • Swimwear
  • Comfortable footwear suitable for walking and hiking
  • Protective gloves will come in handy for rocky hikes too
  • UK style 3-prong plug adaptor
  • Power bank
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen with a high protection factor


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