The UAE Ministry of Education's term times and school holiday dates should be followed by all schools throughout the UAE without exception, although flexibility is allowed - see notes.
Note, Indian and other Asian schools have a different schedule - e.g. those schools following the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Indian Certificate for Secondary Education (ICSE) or the FBISE. See table below. (2017/18 calendar not yet released).
Ramadan is expected to start on May 27th in 2017. This will affect school hours. Typically schools will start between 8 am and 8.30 am and finish between 1 pm and 1.30 pm.
This year Ramadan will be right in the middle of exam times.
Go here for a list of UAE public holidays in 2017.
|Dubai Private Schools - Academic Year 2016/2017|
|Start of academic year||August 28, 2016 *|
|Winter break begins||December 18, 2016 (Two weeks) **|
|Return from winter break||January 2, 2017|
|Spring break begins||March 26, 2017 (Two weeks)|
|Return from spring break||April 9, 2017|
|End of academic year||June 22, 2017 *|
|Dubai Private Schools - Academic Year 2017/2018|
|Start of academic year||September 10, 2017 *|
|Winter break begins||December 24, 2017 (Two weeks) **|
|Return from winter break||January 7, 2018|
|Spring break begins||March 25, 2018 (Two weeks)|
|Return from spring break||April 8, 2018|
|End of academic year||June 28, 2018 *|
|Asian Schools in Dubai - Academic Year 2016/2017|
|Start of academic year||April 3, 2016|
|Summer break begins||June 26, 2016|
|Return from summer break||August 28, 2016|
|Winter break begins||December 18, 2016|
|Return from winter break||Jan 2, 2017|
|End of academic year||Mar 15-30, 2017 ***|
|New academic year begins||April 2, 2017|
Asian schools calendar for AY 2017-18 not yet released.
Public holidays (like Eid, National day and other similar holidays) will be tentatively communicated by schools and then confirmed as per the UAE government declaration.
Note: Schools starting in September have the flexibility to adjust the opening and the closing date by one week (either earlier or later) subject to the school fulfilling the stipulated number of instructional and academic days and receiving KHDA approval.
Private schools in Dubai following MoE curriculum have three weeks Winter Break in line with the MoE calendar:
- Winter Break 2016/2017: begins on 18th Dec 2016 and classes resumes on Jan 8, 2017
- Winter Break 2017/2018: begins on 17th Dec 2017 and classes resumes on Jan 7, 2018
Private Schools in Dubai following Asian curriculum (CBSE, ICSE, FBISE...) are allowed to close any day between Mar 15th and 30th, subject to the school fulfilling the stipulated number of instructional and academic days.