Official UAE School Holidays Latest - Details

With February half term nearly upon us, many families will be looking ahead and hoping to make plans for the remainder of this year. Here's a reminder of what to expect. This live article is kept update constantly refreshed!
Official UAE School Holidays Latest - Details
By David Westley
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The academic calendar for the school year has been announced with students set to enjoy eight weeks of holiday in the summer, and teachers seven.

Please note that new instructions from the KHDA (September 2020) allows less deviation from the MOE calendar dates. British Schools in Dubai, for example, have tended to align half terms and professional learning days using the KHDA allowance of up to eight professional development days each year. These, combined with an extra week of teaching to that published by MOE, meant some schools had two half terms. This is no longer allowed.

Schools are also no longer allowed to change start or end dates.

From the KHDA guidelines:

  • Schools have the flexibility to take five days off during the academic year – distributed or combined throughout the year, or to extend Spring break. However, these five days cannot be used to extend the Winter or Summer breaks.

  • Previously, schools were able to allocate eight days each academic year for training or continuous professional development (student-free days). This option is no longer available.

School Calendar for the academic year 2020-2021

Status Date Duration of Vacation
Beginning of attendance of the Academic body 23/08/2020  
Beginning of the Students’ attendance 30/08/2020  
Winter vacation for students   13/12-31/12/2020 (3) weeks
Resumption of study 03/01/2021  
Spring vacation for students   28/3/2021-8/4/2021 Two weeks
Resumption of study 11/04/2021  
End of students’ attendance   01/07/2021  
End of the Academic body attendance 08/07/2021  
Number of school days 182 with examination days

School Calendar for the academic year 2020-2021 - MOE

Status  Date Duration of Vacation
First Semester    
Beginning of attendance of the Academic body 23/08/2020  
Beginning of the Students’ attendance 30/08/2020  
Winter vacation/students 13/12/2020 -7/1/2021 (20) working days (4) weeks
Winter vacation/ Academic body 20/12/2020-31/12/2020 (10) working days /two weeks
Second Semester    
Beginning of attendance of the Academic body 03/01/2021  
Beginning of the Students’ attendance/ Resumption of study 10/01/2021  
Spring vacation/ Academic body 28/3/2021- 1/4/2021 (5) working days, a week
Third Semester    
Beginning of attendance of the Academic body 04/04/2021  
Beginning of the Students’ attendance/ Resumption of study 11/04/2021  
End of the Students’ attendance 01/07/2021  
End of the Academic body attendance 08/07/2021  (30) working days (6) weeks
Number of school days 182 with examination days

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