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UAE School Holidays for 2020 – 2021

by David WestleySeptember 14, 2020

Dubai: UAE authorities approved on 14th September the academic calendar for three years, starting with 2020-21. The calendar details start and end of school year, vacation days and other details.

Chaired by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed, the Ministerial Development Council approved the academic calendar for government and private schools for the next three years. Details below.

Schools are allowed to deviate from the MOE calendar dates, within reason. British Schools in Dubai, for example, 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 current academic year and 2022-23 will be of 188 days for private schools according to the MoE. Children will go to school 186 days in the 2021-2022 school year.

Pupils will return to school a day earlier in the new academic year on August 29 next year and on August 28 in 2022.

For the official UAE holiday dates for 2020-2021, for private schools starting in September, and MoE curriculum schools, look no further than the table below however.

 

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Key Dates

Pupils in private schools will get a three-week winter break that starts on December 13 2020.

The second term will start on January 3, 2021.

Schools will get a two-week spring break from March 28 to April 15 2021 and classes will resume on April 18 2021.

The last day of school for the academic year 2020-21 will be July 1, 2021.

The term dates for 2021-2022 are:

Winter break: December 12 to 30 in 2021

Spring break: March 27 to April 14, 2022

Term dates for 2022-2023 are:

Winter break: December 11, 2021 to January 1, 2023

Spring break: March 26, 2023 to April 13, 2023

 

The 2020-21 Academic Calendar

Private Schools in the UAE following an international curricula Date Duration of Vacation
Beginning of attendance of the Academic body 2020-2021 academic year 23/08/2020
Beginning of the Students’ attendance for Winter term 30/08/2020
Winter vacation for students 13/12-31/12/2020 (3) weeks
Resumption of study for Spring term 03/01/2021
Spring vacation for students 28/3/2021-8/4/2021 Two weeks
Resumption of study for Summer term 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
 Date Duration of Vacation
Private or Local Schools in the UAE following the MoE curricula
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- 8/4/2021 or 28/3/2021- 1/4/2021 (10) working days /two weeks or (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

About The Author
David Westley
David is the co-founder and GM of Which Media, the owner of WhichSchoolAdvisor.com and SchoolsCompared.com

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