Saudi School Calendar and Holidays 2023-24

Although the new academic year has only just begun, we're sure you'll want to plan ahead for the academic year. Find all the key dates here.
Saudi School Calendar and Holidays 2023-24
By Lyn Soppelsa
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Although students only returned to school on Sunday, 20th August, we bet that students (and their parents) will already be looking ahead to the next holiday dates and beyond.  Find the dates you need to know here. 

The academic year will consist of 180 school days, resulting in 38 weeks of academic education. For school holidays, students will get 60 days of holidays during the academic year, in addition to 68 days of summer holidays.

The 2023-24 academic year is set to run from Sunday, 20th August 2023 to Monday, 10th  June 2024 for the majority of schools.  Whilst June 2024 may seem a long way off now, there's no need for gloom, with plenty of breaks between now and then.

The New Saudi academic calendar 2023-2024 has three semesters, with the first starting on Sunday, 20th August 2023, and ending Thursday, 16th November 2023.  The second semester begins on Sunday, 26th November 2023 and ends on Thursday, 22nd February 2024.  The third semester will run from Sunday, 3rd March, 2024 to Thursday, 10th June 2024.

Here are the key dates in the Saudi school calendar for 2023-2024:

Start of the academic year - Sunday, 20th August 2023
First Holiday - National Day: Saturday, 23rd September 2023
Long weekend - Thursday, 2nd November 2023
End of First Semester  break - Thursday, 16th November 2023 to Saturday, 25th November 2023

Start of Second Semester - Sunday, 26th November 2023
Long weekend - Sunday, 17th December 2023
Second Semester break - Thursday, 4th January 2024
Long weekend - Sunday, 14th January 2024
Foundation Day and End of Second Semester - Thursday, 22nd, February 2024 to Saturday, 2nd March 2024

Eid al Fitr - Wednesday, 3rd April 2024

Start of Third Semester  - Sunday, 7th, April 2024
Long weekend - Thursday, 2nd May 2024
End of Third Semester and start of Summer holidays - From Thursday, 10th June 2024

Public and religious holidays are subject to confirmation.  Always confirm with your child's school in terms of possible differences in dates to meet international school arrangements.  

British and US curriculum international schools are expected to arrange holidays, amending mid-semester breaks as follows:

Mid semester break inclusive of Half Term - Sunday, 22nd October to Friday, 26th October 2023 inclusive.
Winter break - Sunday, 17th December 2023 to Thursday, 4th January 2024 inclusive
Half Term - Sunday, 18th February to Thursday, 22nd February 2024 inclusive 
Spring Break  -Sunday, 31st March to Thursday, 11 April 2024 inclusive (incorporating Eid al-fitr)
Half Term - Sunday, 12th to Tuesday, 14th May 2024 inclusive
Eid al-adha - Sunday, 16th June to Thursday, 20th June inclusive
End of school year - Thursday, 4 July 2024.

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