Official UAE School Holidays 2022 - Details

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Official UAE School Holidays 2022 - Details
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Please note that in Dubai, the KHDA now permits less less deviation from the official, UAE wide, Ministry of Education academic calendar. British Schools in Dubai, for example, have tended to align half terms and professional learning days using the KHDA allowance of up to eight professional development days each year. These, combined with an extra week of teaching to that published by MOE, meant some schools had two half terms. This is no longer allowed.  Schools are also no longer allowed to change start or end dates for their academic year.

Parents are therefore advised to refer to each individual school for half term dates and for their final day of the academic year. 

From the KHDA guidelines:

  • Schools have the flexibility to take five days off during the academic year – distributed or combined throughout the year, or to extend Spring break. However, these five days cannot be used to extend the Winter or Summer breaks.

  • Previously, schools were able to allocate eight days each academic year for training or continuous professional development (student-free days). This option is no longer available.

School Calendar for the academic year 2021-22

UAE Private Schools

  Date Duration
Beginning of the Students’ attendance 29/08/2021  
Winter vacation for students   12/12/2021-30/12/2021 Three weeks
Resumption of study 02/01/2022  
Spring vacation for students   27/03/2022-07/04/2022 Two weeks
Resumption of study 10/04/2022  
Summer Break Academic year not to end before 30 June 2022 Summer break must not be more than 8.2 weeks for all schools in the UAE, irrespective of the curriculum they teach.
Number of school days 186 with examination days

Ministry of Education (Public) Curriculum Schools

   Date Duration
Beginning of the Students’ attendance 29/08/2021  
Winter vacation/students 12/12/2021-30/12/2021 Three weeks
Resumption of study 02/01/2022  
Spring vacation for students 27/03/2022-14/04/2022 Four weeks
Resumption of study 17/04/2022  
Summer Break   Summer break must not be more than 8.2 weeks for all schools in the UAE, irrespective of the curriculum they teach.
Number of school days 186 with examination days

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