New UAE school calendar announced; here are the holidays Filed on September 15, 2020 | Last updated on September 15, 2020 at 06.12 am
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The decision specified the beginning and end of the school year, the number of school days, and the dates of winter and spring breaks.

The UAE government has announced the school calendar for the next three years until 2022-2023.

Chaired by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the Ministerial Development Council approved the calendars for public and private schools for the years 202021, 2021-22, and 2022-23.

"The decision specified the beginning and end of the school year, the number of school days, and the dates of winter and spring breaks for both public and private schools in the UAE," the UAE government said on Twitter.

The academic year 2020-2021 began on August 30, while the 2021-2022 school year will begin on August 29, 2021. The school year 2022-2023 will begin on August 28.

Each school year will have two breaks and a summer vacation.

Both the 2020-21 and 2022-23 school years will have a total of 188 school days, while 2021-2022 will have 186 school days.

For public schools and those following the UAE Ministry of Education curriculum, the minimum school days for each academic year should be 182 days.





Applicable for

Beginning of school year

August 30, 2020

August 29, 2021

August 28, 2022

All public and private schools

Winter break

December 13-31, 2020

December 12-30, 2021

December 11, 2022 to January 21, 2023

All public and private schools

Spring break

March 28, 2021 to April 15, 2021

March 27, 2022 to April 14, 2022

March 26, 2023 to April 13, 2023

All public schools that follow the UAE govt curriculum. As for private schools following other curriculum, the break will be for three continuous weeks, or two straight weeks with one week accommodated over the rest of the year.

Summer break




No school must not allow more than 8.2 weeks for the summer break, regardless of the curriculum

School days

188 days

186 days

188 days

Applicable for all public and private schools following the UAE govt curriculum. Other schools should have a minimum of 182 days.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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