School Ramadan Hours, the Facts

Schools will be limited to five hours a day during the holy month of Ramadan. This year the regulators have not set specific times for schools to open and close, so please do check these with your school.
School Ramadan Hours, the Facts
By David Westley
Do your children attend a UAE school? Take our survey and help other parents.
WhichSchoolAdvisor's annual school survey.

Schools will be limited to five hours a day during the holy month of Ramadan. This year no specific times have been announced, so please do check these with your school.

“Private schools in Dubai can hold classes up to five hours during Ramadan. We've given schools the flexibility of choosing their start and end time in consultation with parents.” Mohammed Darwish, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Permits and Compliance at Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

SPEA and ADEK have also issued similar notices.  In Abu Dhabi, school cannot start before 9:30am and must end the day before or at 3:30pm. In Sharjah, classes start from 9am onwards.

UAE parents new to Ramadan may find this guide to Ramadan at school of interest. Life in the UAE slows during the holy month, with many children over the age of 8 joining the fast.

“During Ramadan, the school community, including students, teachers, and parents, will be spending extra time in prayer with their families. We’ve urged institutions to be mindful of homework and assignments for pupils. Every Ramadan, we practice the virtues of patience, togetherness, compassion, and inner strength. And during this Holy Month, we’ll will need to draw on these virtues more than ever.” Mohammed Darwish

In addition to schools, working hours in general are also reduced during Ramadan by two hours. Private sector employees should only be working six hours a day, regardless of whether they are fasting. Public sector hours are reduced from 9 am to 2 pm.  

The holy month is expected to end with the start of Eid al Fitr, on May 13th.

From our family to yours, on this first day of Ramadan, wishes all of our readers Ramadan Kareem.

Latest UAE articles
New Schools

School Tour! GEMS Founders Expansion

GEMS Founders Al Barsha is a school that has thrived since opening in 2016. With a reco…


Interview: Dino Varkey, CEO, GEMS Education

The Varkey family has recently mourned the loss of Mariamma Varkey, its matriarch, and on…


Teen Mental Health: Professional Advice

With the issues and challenges of teenage life making frequent headlines in 2021, we thou…


Teen Mental Health, a ‘Must Read’ For Parents

Teen mental health is a vitally important subject, and one which can still carry some unh…


Podcast: Why a Balanced Education Matters!

The Covid19 pandemic has meant that in many schools, children have spent the past y…


5 Tips to Protect Your Teen’s Digital Wellbeing

Barry Lee Cummings, founder of Beat the Cyberbully offers parents his five top tips for k…

Courses & Curricula

IB DP '21: Exams Start for South East Asia Students

It’s yet another unprecedented year for IB students. Last year, all IB exams were c…


Student Diaries: Applying for University in Europe

The university application process can be very daunting, and for me this was no exception…

0 Schools Selected
keyboard_arrow_down keyboard_arrow_up
Your selection Clear All