Want to find out the dates for UAE School Holidays 2023? 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 2022-2023
August 29, 2022 – Start of academic year
December 12 – 30, 2022 – Winter break
March 27, 2023 – April 14, 2023 – Spring break for Ministry of Education (MOE) Curriculum Schools
March 27, 2023 – April 7, 2023 – Spring break for international curriculum (private) schools. Private schools have the option to extend the Spring Break up to one week.
June 28, 2023 – Academic year not to end before this date.
Academic Calendar for Dubai private schools starting in April – Academic year 2022-2023
April 4, 2022 – Start of academic year
July 4 – August 29, 2022 – Summer Break
December 12, 2022 – January 2, 2023 – Winter Break
March 13, 2023 – March 31, 2023 – End of academic year. These private schools can close any day from March 13 to March 31, 2023, subject to the school fulfilling the stipulated number of school days (at least 182 days) and receiving KHDA approval.
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