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Full, week-long Eid Al Fitr 2022 Holidays for schools announced – but Parents Face Childcare Challenges as Private Sector fails to Follow Suit. Yet.

Private schools in Dubai will be off for a whole week for Eid Al Fitr 2022 from Monday 2nd of May, with children returning to school classes on Monday 9th May, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority has confirmed. The effective 9-day holiday, welcomed by many families, will, however, create challenges for many parents working in the private sector for companies who have, so far, only recognised a 3-day break, this in the face of the UAE Cabinet approval of Eid holidays running between Saturday, April 30 until Friday, May 6 with the weekend following on Saturday May 7 and Sunday May 8. The Public and governmental sectors, including  banking, will have the full 9 consecutive days holiday.


Eid Al Fitr Holiday dates are subject to confirmation because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, meaning it is tied to the moon’s phases. The Islamic (or Hijri) calendar features 12 months, which run for 29 or 30 days, the start and end of which are determined by the appearance of the new crescent moon.

Ramadan is the eighth month of the Hijri calendar and this is when when the month-long period of prayer and fasting for Muslims happens each year.  The first day of Shawwal – the ninth month of the Hijri calendar – heralds the beginning of Eid-Al-Fitr and the end of Ramadan. There is a moon-sighting committee dedicated to spotting the moon and the exact date of the holiday will depend on when this committee spots the crescent of the Shawwal moon. Once the crescent has been spotted the committee can then announce the start of the Eid Al Fitr celebrations.

One Dubai parent, whose employer has so far only confirmed a three-day break told


“This is such an amazing opportunity for families – but my employer has still not confirmed whether they will allow us the full week holiday. At the moment it is just three days on offer.

If they don’t offer us the full week’s holiday, not only will we not be able to celebrate Eid for the full period, but we will face significant childcare costs whilst we are at work. There are already availability issues as many parents are facing exactly the same issue – we are all seeking childcare at the same time.”

We have approached UAE employers for comment.

This is a fast-moving story and will be updated.

Eid Mubarak.

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Tabitha Barda
Tabitha Barda is the Senior Editor of Oxbridge educated and an award winning journalist in the UAE for more than a decade, Tabitha is one of the region's shining lights in all that is education in the emirates. A mum herself, she is passionate about helping parents - and finding the stories in education that deserve telling. She is responsible for the busy 24x7 News Desk, our Advisory Boards and Specialist Panels - and Parents United's WHICHPlaydates - a regular meeting place for UAE parents to discuss the issues that matter to them, make friends and network with others. You can often find Tabitha too on Parents United - our Facebook community board, discussing the latest schools and education issues with our parent community in the UAE - and beyond.

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