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UAE School Holidays 2023-2024: How to find your school’s academic calendar online  

Want to find out the dates for UAE School Holidays 2023-2024? Although certain vacation dates are set by the UAE Ministry of Education and cannot be changed, there is some leeway for schools to choose their own dates for staff training days and holidays such as half term and Spring Break. This means that all UAE school calendars vary, and your child’s precise academic calendar will be unique to their individual school.

Want to find your child’s academic calendar easily and at any time in just a couple of clicks? The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) this year launched a service on its website where every school’s individual academic calendar has been uploaded for the whole of the academic year 2023. Here’s what you need to know…

How to access your UAE school calendar through the KHDA website

  • Visit the KHDA Education Directory here.
  • Type the name of your child’s school in the ‘School Name’ box under the ‘Find Schools’ heading.
  • Click ‘Apply Filter’
  • Select the ‘Academic Calendar’ tab to reveal your child’s individual school calendar for the whole of next year.

The results will show the start and end date of the academic year, as well as the dates for Winter Break, Spring Break and the Summer Break.

It will also show half-terms, if your school has these, under the category ‘Other School Holidays’, as well as any teacher training days and predicted public holidays.

Because the public holidays are in line with Islamic holidays (and thus dependent on a lunar calendar that is determined by moon sightings), any dates given in advance are tentative and subject to government declarations closer to the time.

For a full list of all UAE public holidays 2023, and to find out how they align with school term times, click here.

UAE School Holidays 2023 at a glance

Below is a guide to the major school holiday dates for UAE schools, based on the Ministry of Education’s requirements. However, as mentioned above, there is some leeway for international curriculum schools (i.e. private schools) to choose their own dates for certain breaks, so please follow the instructions above to find your individual school’s precise academic calendar.

The below is split into those schools that have an academic year starting in September, and those that start in April.


Academic Calendar for Dubai private schools starting in September – Academic year 2023-2024

  • Start of the academic year: August 28, 2023
  • Winter break: December 11, 2023
  • Reopening of classes after the winter break: January 02, 2024
  • Spring break: March 25, 2024
  • Resumption of classes after the spring break: April 15, 2024

The academic year is set not to conclude before June 28, 2024.

For those Private Schools beginning their academic year in April, these alternative date for the academic year will apply

  • Students returning after the summer break: August 28, 2023
  • Winter break: December 11, 2023
  • Reopening of classes following the winter break: January 02, 2024
  • End of the academic year: March 01 – 31, 2024

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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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