Children will be off for the Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) birthday next week… 

If you’re already wondering when the little ones will be off next so you can start holiday planning, here’s the complete list of school holidays for the 2023-2024 academic year and some important dates for your diary…

It is worth noting that schools are allowed some flexibility with the calendar providing they complete the minimum number of school days (188 days for the Ministry of Education (MoE) curriculum and 182 days for international curriculum).

For the exact dates, see the individual school profiles on the Knowledge and Human Development Authority’s (KHDA) site:

SEE ALSO: When is the next public holiday in the UAE?

Dubai private schools starting academic year in September

August 28: First day of academic year 2023-2024

September 29: Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) birthday

October 23 to 27: Half term

December 1: Commemoration day

December 11 to January 2, 2024: Winter break

March 25 to April 15, 2024: Spring break

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

June 28: End of academic year

Dubai private schools starting academic year in April

July 3 to August 28: Summer break

December 11 to January 2: 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

When is the next public holiday in the UAE?

After Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday, we have another long weekend to look forward to at the start of December. Commemoration Day (previously known as Martyrs’ Day), is marked annually on December 1, which is a Friday in 2023.

Immediately after this, UAE celebrates National Day which falls on December 2 and 3, which is a Saturday and Sunday. This means it could be a three-day weekend for the final long weekend of the year.

As in the past, we will have to wait for the official announcement from the UAE authorities. The holiday announcement usually comes a week or so before the day, and we will surely announce it as soon as we get confirmation.

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