Dubai School Holidays 2023-24

Dubai schools are beginning to release approved academic calendars for the 2023-24 school year, including holiday dates and expected public holidays.
Dubai School Holidays 2023-24
By Susan Roberts
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Has the official academic calendar for Dubai schools been released?

Well, yes and no. Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority has yet to release this information on its website (expected in the coming week or two) however the authority has begun the process of approving the academic calendars of individual schools. has received the approved dates of these schools, which informs the information provided below. 

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

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 the 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. 

There are also 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.

How many days per year must Dubai schools be open for?

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. Private schools must be open for a minimum of 182 days in the 2023-24 school year. 

Winter Term (Sep-Dec 2023)

First Day of Term Mon 28th August 2023
Prophet’s Birthday (PH) Fri 29th September 2023
Half Term Mon 16th/ Tue 17th– Fri 20th October  2023 
Commemoration Day (PH) Fri 1st December 2023
Last Day of Term  Fri 9 December 2023
Winter Holiday Mon 11th December – Sun 31st December 2023
New Year’s Day (PH) Mon 1st January 2024

Spring Term (Jan-Mar 2024)

First Day of Term  Tue 2nd January
Half Term Mon 12th – Friday 16th February
Last Day of Term  Fri 22nd March 
Spring Holiday Mon 25th March – Friday 5th April

Summer Term (Apr - Jul 2024)

First Day of Term  Mon 8th April 
Eid Al Fitr* Tue 9th – Friday 12th April 
Eid Al Adha* Mon 17th – Tuesday 18th June 
Last Day of Term  Fri 5th July

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