2018-2021 UAE School Term & Holiday Dates

The public and private school calendars for the next three years have been announced by the Ministerial Council for Development. Now you really can plan ahead...
2018-2021 UAE School Term & Holiday Dates
By David Westley
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School Calendar for Private Schools in the UAE, following a foreign curricula, from 2018 - 2021
Date
Duration
     
2018-2019    
First day for teachers and admin staff 26/8/18  
School begins for students 2/9/18  
Winter break for students 16/12/18 3 Weeks
School begins for students 6/1/19  
Spring break for students 31/3/19 2 Weeks
Return to school 14/4/19  
School ends for students 4/7/19  
School year ends for academic staff 11//07/2019
Number of schools days 182 With exam days
     
     
2019-2020    
Beginning of attendance of the Academic body 25/8/19  
Beginning of the Students' attendance 1/9/19  
Winter vacation for students 15/12/19 3 Weeks
Resumption of study 5/1/20  
Spring break for students 29/3/20 2 Weeks
Resumption of study 9/4/20  
End of students attendance 2/7/20  
End of academic body attendance 9/7/20  
Number of school days 185 With examination days
     
     
2020-2021    
Beginning of attendance of the Academic body 23/8/20  
Beginning of the Students' attendance 30/8/20  
Winter vacation for students 13/12/20 3 Weeks
Resumption of study 3/1/21  
Spring break for students 28/3/21 2 Weeks
Resumption of study 11/4/21  
End of students attendance 1/7/21  
End of academic body attendance 8/7/21  
Number of school days 182 With examination days

The public and private school calendars for the next three years have been announced by the Ministerial Council for Development. The 2018-2021 calendars applies to private schools with foreign curricula, as well as public and private schools that follow the curriculum of the UAE's Ministry of Education (MoE).

The next academic year will be three days longer than that of 2018. School children will be in attendance for 185 days in the year that runs from 2019-2020, as oppose to the 182 days they were asked to attend in the 2017-2018 year. In 2017, children were expected to attend school on 180 days up from 175.

For private schools following foreign curriculums, the first day of school will fall on September 1, 2019, while teachers must return a week early on August 25. Pupils will get a three-week-long winter break, starting on December 15 and ending on January 2. There will also be a two-week-long spring break from March 29 to April 9.

July 9 will be the last day of school for the year.

Public and private schools following the Ministry of Education's curriculum will also begin the new academic year on September 1, but will get a longer, four-week winter break from December 15 to January 9.

Spring break will start on March 29 and children will go back to school on April 9.

In the academic year that runs from 2020 to 2021, however, the school year will start on August 30 across the country and the year will be 182 school days long.

Schools following foreign curriculums will start winter holidays on December 13 and resume studies on January 3, whereas Ministry of Education schools will resume on January 7.

Spring holidays will start on March 28 and end on April 8.

Private schools with foreign curricula are also allowed leeways of up to a week from the dates approved in the school calendars. However, the school must get authorization from the relevant education authority in their emirate for any change from the published dates.

The school calendar has been approved following a thorough and "detailed study on the requirements of the teaching and education process and is in line with the MoE's vision in fulfilling an efficient learning process".

Details of schools following the UAE MoE curricula to follow shortly.

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