UAE school terms and holidays for 2019-2020 academic year

The coming academic year will be three days longer than the current one

School children will be in attendance for 185 days in the year that runs from 2019-2020, as oppose to the 182 days they were asked to attend in the 2017-2018 year.

In 2017, children were expected to attend school on 180 days up from 175.

The Department of Knowledge and Development in Abu Dhabi has published two calendars, one for private schools that follow foreign curriculums and another calendar for public and private schools following the Ministry of Education’s curriculum.


For private schools following foreign curriculums, the first day of school will fall on September 1, 2019, while teachers must return a week early on August 25.

Pupils will get a three-week-long winter break, starting on December 15 and ending on January 2.

There will also be a two-week-long spring break from March 29 to April 9.

July 9 will be the last day of school for the year.

Public and private schools following the Ministry of Education’s curriculum will also begin the new academic year on September 1, but will get a longer, four-week winter break from December 15 to January 9.


Spring break will start on March 29 and children will go back to school on April 9.

In the academic year that runs from 2020 to 2021, however, the school year will start on August 30 across the country and the year will be 182 school days long.

Schools following foreign curriculums will start winter holidays on December 13 and resume studies on January 3, whereas Ministry of Education schools will resume on January 7.

Spring holidays will start on March 28 and end on April 8.

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