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.
Next School holiday: 22 June, 2017
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 27 May 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||28 August, 2016 *|
|Winter break begins||18 December, 2016 (Two weeks) **|
|Return from winter break||2 January, 2017|
|Spring break begins||26 March, 2017 (Two weeks)|
|Return from spring break||9 April, 2017|
|End of academic year||22 June, 2017 *|
|Dubai Private Schools - Academic Year 2017/2018|
|Start of academic year||10 September, 2017 *|
|Winter break begins||24 December, 2017 (Two weeks) **|
|Return from winter break||7 January, 2018|
|Spring break begins||25 March, 2018 (Two weeks)|
|Return from spring break||8 April, 2018|
|End of academic year||28 June, 2018 *|
|Asian Schools in Dubai - Academic Year 2016/2017|
|Start of academic year||3 April, 2016|
|Summer break begins||26 June, 2016|
|Return from summer break||28 August, 2016|
|Winter break begins||18 December, 2016|
|Return from winter break||2 Jan, 2017|
|End of academic year||15 to 30 March, 2017 ***|
|New academic year begins||2 April, 2017|
Asian schools calendar for Academic Year 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 18 Dec 2016 and classes resumes on 8 Jan, 2017
- Winter Break 2017/2018: begins on 17 Dec 2017 and classes resumes on 7 Jan, 2018
Private Schools in Dubai following Asian curriculum (CBSE, ICSE, FBISE...) are allowed to close any day between 15 Mar and 30 March, subject to the school fulfilling the stipulated number of instructional and academic days.