Official Dubai, UAE School Holidays, 2019-20

These are the UAE Ministry of Education's set term times and will be followed by all schools in the United Arab Emirates including Indian and Asian schools. Note, schools, based on the CBSE or ICSE, have a different school calendar - information below.
Official Dubai, UAE School Holidays, 2019-20
By David Westley
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The UAE Ministry of Education's term times and school holiday dates should be followed by all schools throughout the UAE without exception, although flexibility is allowed - see notes in the table.

All private schools must tentatively communicate Public holidays (like Eid, National day and other similar holidays) to the parents and confirm these holidays to the parent once declared by the UAE government authority.

Go here for the list of expected UAE public holidays in 2019/20.


The Academic Calendar 2019-20 for Dubai Private Schools Starting in September

Start of academic year 1-Sep-19 (or 2nd depending on the Islamic New Year)  
Winter break begins 15-Dec-19  
Four weeks for MoE curriculum schools
Three weeks for other private schools
Return from winter break January 12, 2020 for MoE curriculum private schools Other private schools (non-MoE) may chose the below based on KHDA approval:
January 5, 2020 for other private schools -Reduce the winter break to two weeks with classes resuming on December 29, 2019  
  -OR, extend the winter break to four weeks with classes resuming on January 12, 2020
Spring break begins March 29, 2020 (Two weeks)
Return from spring break 12-Apr-20  
End of academic year 2-Jul-20  

Dubai Private Schools Starting in April - Academic year 2019/2020

Start of academic year 1-Apr-19  
Summer break begins 30-Jun-19  
Return from summer break 1-Sep-19  
Winter break begins 15-Dec-19  
Return from winter break Option 1: Return on Sunday Dec 29, 2019 (two weeks)
Option 2: Return on Sunday Jan 5, 2020 (three weeks)
Option 3: Return on Sunday Jan 12, 2020 (four weeks)
End of academic year Between March 15-19, 2020 Subject to the school fulfilling the stipulated number of instructional and academic days.
New academic year begins 2020/2021

Go here for the list of expected UAE public holidays in 2019/20.

2 Archived Comments
Archived 20th Jan 2016, 09:34

What is the latest information available about these dates. We are hearing many different rumors about 2016 Summer Holidays dates,e.g. 06Jul to 12Sep!

Archived 19th Jan 2016, 08:19

The above should be titled as School Calendar instead of school holidays. Could be more helpful of number of days off were mentioned.

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