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Dubai School Holiday Dates

by Belinda Breeze

Hoping to start holiday planning and not quite sure when the school breaks are? We’ve compiled a list of school holidays for the remaining 2022-2023 school year, as well as the upcoming 2023-2024 school year.

It’s worth being aware that schools are allowed some flexibility with the calendar as long as they make sure to include the minimum number of school holidays in a year (188 days for Ministry of Education (MoE) curriculum and 182 days for international curriculum).

You can check the exact dates for individual schools by visiting their profile on the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) website.

Dubai private schools starting academic year in September

June 27 to July 1: Eid al-Adha (tentative dates)

June 28: End of academic year not before this date. Summer break must not be more than eight weeks irrespective of the curriculum

August 28: First day of academic year 2023-2024

September 29: Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday (tentative date)

October 23 to 27: Half term

December 1: Commemoration day

December 8 to January 2, 2024: End of term


February 12 to February 15: Half term

March 22 to April 8: Spring break 2024

April 9 to April 12: Eid Al Fitr (tentative date)

June 17 to 18: Eid Al Adha (tentative date)

July 5: End of term

Dubai private schools starting academic year in April

July 3 to August 28: Summer break

December 11 to 29: Winter break


March 1 to March 31: Schools can close any day between these dates for the end of academic year

April 1: Start of academic year

July 4 to August 26: Summer break

December 16 to January 3: Winter break

To visit the KHDA website for full information and individual school profiles