Official UAE School Holidays 2020-2021

Eight weeks for students, seven for teachers - the academic calendar for the 2020-2021 school year has been announced. Start your planning now!
Official UAE School Holidays 2020-2021
By David Westley
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The academic calendar for the 2020-2021 school year has been announced with students set to enjoy eight weeks of holiday in the summer, and teachers seven.

The 2019-2020 academic year ends for the summer break on July 2nd, 2020 and students will return to school on August 30, 2020.

Please note that schools are allowed to deviate from the MOE calendar dates - within reason. British Schools in Dubai, for example, tend 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, means a core group of UK schools have two half terms.

The British group of schools has submitted its calendar to the KHDA, and is awaiting approval. Upon approval we will publish their particular calendar here. It should not, however, be significantly different from the MoE approved dates below.

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

Teaching staff will return to school on August 23rd, 2020 to prepare for the academic year, giving teachers and school staff a seven-week summer holiday.

For the current academic year's school calendar, go here - School Calendar 2019-20.

Click here for the public holidays in 2019 and 2020.

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