UAE School Holidays 2022 – 2023

Term and holiday dates for the 2022-23 academic year are out! Keen to organise your travel plans? Look no further, your child’s school holiday dates are in…
UAE School Holidays 2022 – 2023
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School term and holiday dates for the 2022-23 academic year are out! Keen to organise your travel plans? Look no further, your child’s school holiday dates are in…

Do all private schools in the UAE follow the same academic calendar?

No, there are two basic formats, one starting in August/September (UK, American, Australian, Canadian curriculum) and the second starting in April (Indian, Pakistani, Japanese). The below dates are for schools with an August start.

UAE schools must follow the dates published by the Ministry of Education regarding holiday and term dates, public holidays and school closures, however, limited flexibility is permitted for Dubai schools under KHDA, notably, whether a school’s spring break lasts for a duration of two weeks or three weeks and whether the school closes for half term breaks. 

Do schools have longer public holidays than the private sector?

While the intention to unify public holidays between the public and private sector has been reported on in recent years, there are still some discrepancies between the two, and schools tend to fall under the public sector category where holidays are concerned, whether private or public. Schools are directed on these closures and are not permitted to deviate from this.

Public holidays, while often communicated by schools in advance, are expected dates only, and are confirmed  closer to the time.

Number of school days...

The UAE’s federal education body, the Ministry of Education, stipulates the minimum number of school days for UAE schools, which varies slightly from year to year, largely depending on where in the week public holidays fall. While Ministry of Education schools must provide 188 in the 2022-23 academic year, international schools (i.e. any schools following a curriculum other than UAE’s Ministry of Education curriculum) are permitted to provide fewer days: a minimum of 182. Of Dubai’s 201 international schools, 162 will provide the 2022-23 minimum of 182 school days.

Winter Term (Sep-Dec 2022)

First Day of Term Monday 29th August 
Prophet’s Birthday * Saturday 8 October
Half Term Monday 17th – Friday 21st October
Commemoration Day* Thursday 1 December
National Day* Friday 2nd December
Last Day of Term  Friday 9 December
Winter Holiday Monday 12th December – Friday 30th December

Spring Term (Jan-Mar 2023)

First Day of Term  Monday 2nd January
Half Term Monday 13th – Friday 17th February
Ramadan starts* Thursday 23rd March
Last Day of Term  Friday 24th March 
Spring Holiday Monday 27th March – Friday 7th April

Summer Term (Apr-Jul 2023)

First Day of Term  Monday 10th April 
Eid Al Fitr Holiday* Thursday 20th – Sunday 23rd April
Eid Al Adha* Wednesday 28th June – Saturday 1st July
Last Day of Term  Friday 7th July

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