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Official Dubai, UAE School Holidays, 2017 - 2018

These are the UAE Ministry of Education's set term times and will be followed by all schools in the United Arab Emirates including Indian and Asian schools. Note, schools, based on the CBSE or ICSE, have a different school calendar - information below.
Official Dubai, UAE School Holidays, 2017 - 2018

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.

 


Comments
2 Archived Comments
Vikas
Archived 20th Jan 2016, 09:34

What is the latest information available about these dates. We are hearing many different rumors about 2016 Summer Holidays dates,e.g. 06Jul to 12Sep!

Ahmed
Archived 19th Jan 2016, 08:19

The above should be titled as School Calendar instead of school holidays. Could be more helpful of number of days off were mentioned.