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 in the table.
All private schools must tentatively communicate Public holidays (like Eid, National day and other similar holidays) to the parents and confirm these holidays to the parent once declared by the UAE government authority.
Go here for the list of expected UAE public holidays in 2018.
|Dubai Private Schools - Academic Year 2017/2018|
|Start of academic year||September 10, 2017|
|Winter break begins||December 17, 2017 - Four weeks for MoE curriculum schools; Three weeks for Other schools|
|Return from winter break||January 14, 2018 for MoE schools
January 7, 2018 for Other schools
|Other schools (non-MoE) may chose the below based on KHDA approval:
-Reduce the winter break to two weeks. Classes resumed on 2nd January 2018
-OR, extend the winter break to four weeks. Classes are resumed 14th January, 2018.
|Spring break begins||March 25, 2018 (Two weeks)|
|Return from spring break||April 8, 2018|
|End of academic year||July 5, 2018|
|Dubai Private Schools Starting in April - Academic year 2017/18|
|Start of academic year||April 2, 2017|
|Summer break begins||June 25, 2017|
|Return from summer break||September 5, 2017|
|Winter break begins||December 24, 2017|
|Return from winter break||January 7, 2018|
|End of academic year||Between March 22-25, 2018||These private schools can close any day between March 22nd and 29th, subject to the school fulfilling the stipulated number of instructional and academic days and receiving KHDA approval.|
|New academic year begins 2018-19||April 2, 2018|