Reduced School Times from Now!

Ramadan will begin on Saturday, April 2 meaning we are about to enter a period of shorter work hours for parents, and hours at school for students.
Reduced School Times from Now!
By David Westley
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The first day of Ramadan 2022 will be observed on Saturday, April 2, the UAE’s moon-sighting committee announced on Friday. That means school hours are now officially reduced to just 5 hours a day.

According to the committee, Friday, April 1 will be the last day of Sha’ban 1443 Hijri and Saturday will mark the first day of Ramadan. Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is a time when Muslims across the world fast from sunrise to sunset.

During the holy month, schools in Dubai set their exact start and end times, often in consultation with their parents.

Mohammed Darwish, CEO of Permits and Compliance at the KHDA said:

“Dubai’s private schools will have shorter timings during the holy month of Ramadan. Schools should provide a maximum of five hours of instruction time and classes should end by 12pm on Fridays. These timings have been developed in close consultation with families and schools.”

Last year, Abu Dhabi schools could not start before 9:30am and needed to end the day before or at 3:30pm. In Sharjah, classes started 9am onwards. We will update this story for 2022 as soon as we receive specific instructions for these emirates,

Timetables across UAE schools are compressed during the holy month to ensure students do not lose out on teaching times. Individual schools work on their own school day, but break times can be removed, while lunch times are reduced.

Eid Al Fitr and the first of Shawwal, the 10th month in the Islamic calendar , is set to fall May 2, but will be confirmed closer to the time. Eid is marked by further time off school, with a public holiday across countries in the Islamic world.

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