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School Holidays

UAE School Holidays 2019 and 2020

This page contains a calendar of all 2019 and 2020 school holidays in the UAE. These dates are unlikely to be modified by the Ministry of Education. However, please check back regularly for any updates that may occur.

School Calendar 2019-2020

School HolidaysStartsFinishes
First Day of School1 Sep 2019
(Sun)
Winter Holidays15 Dec 2019
(Sun)
9 Jan 2020
(Thu)
Spring Holidays29 Mar 2020
(Sun)
9 Apr 2020
(Thu)
Summer Holidays3 Jul 2020
(Fri)
29 Aug 2020
(Sat)

School Calendar 2020-2021

School HolidaysStartsFinishes
First Day of School30 Aug 2020
(Sun)
Winter Holidays13 Dec 2020
(Sun)
7 Jan 2021
(Thu)
Spring Holidays28 Mar 2021
(Sun)
8 Apr 2021
(Thu)
Summer Holidays2 Jul 2021
(Fri)

Please visit moe.gov.ae for the original release of the 2019-2020 approved calendar and 2020-2021 approved calendar.

The school term and holiday dates in the United Arab of Emirates are regulated by the Ministry of Education.

The academic calendar in the UAE begins in summer (August) every year. There are 3 terms in each academic year – with 3 holidays in between. Winter holidays span across 3 weeks; while spring holidays are around 2 weeks. Among the three holidays, the summer holidays give students the most time off of up to 7 weeks. In addition, private schools in the UAE are given a one week window of flexibility with dates to accommodate foreign exam schedules.

School holidays, especially in summer are a prime time for activities and family travels. So, make sure to book your family holiday plans in advance.