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UAE School Reopening Plans for 2023-24


Families, educators, and students in the UAE are eagerly anticipating the commencement of the 2023-24 academic year, which is set to begin on August 28. With this upcoming date, preparations for the return to school have triggered a surge in the sale of academic essentials. The students can get latest updates of UAE School Reopening Plans for 2023-24.

For institutions following the British and American educational systems in the UAE, the end of August signifies the start of the new academic year 2023-24. Conversely, Indian and Pakistani schools initiate their academic year in April and conclude it in the following March.

Enforcing a policy ratified during a cabinet meeting in March, the UAE mandates a 182-day academic year for all public and private schools. This duration includes two short breaks and an extensive summer vacation, divided into three terms. The initial term, launching in September, spans until early December, followed by a three-week winter break until December 11, 2023. The second term concludes on March 24, 2024, incorporating a three-week spring break. Additionally, brief respites will be observed for significant public holidays and religious events such as Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, and Eid-ul-Adha.

UAE Educational Calendar 2023-24

Key dates for the September start include:

Commencement of Academic Year: August 28, 2023
Initiation of Winter Break: December 11, 2023
Start of the Second Term: January 2, 2024
Commencement of Spring Break: March 25, 2024
Launch of the Third Term: April 15, 2024
Conclusion of Academic Year: June 28, 2024

UAE Academic Schedule for Pakistani & Indian Schools 2023-24

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority KHDA has established the same return date for Pakistani and Indian schools, even though their academic year starts in April. Unlike foreign educational systems, Pakistani schools in Dubai have completed one academic term before the summer break. As previously mentioned, the UAE Ministry of Education prescribes a minimum of 182 instructional days, affording flexibility in structuring the academic calendar. This leads to the academic year for Pakistani schools in Dubai concluding anytime between the first and last week of March.

Key dates for the April start include:

Initiation of Academic Year: April 3, 2023
Onset of Summer Break: July 3, 2023
Resumption of Second Term post-summer break: August 28, 2023
Commencement of Winter Break: December 11, 2023
Launch of the Third Term: January 2, 2024
Conclusion of Academic Year: March 1 - March 31, 2024

In light of the impending school reopening dates, malls across the UAE have rolled out significant discounts. Students, enthused to resume their academic pursuits following an extended summer break, accompany their parents on trips to these malls to procure educational materials. Parents, too, are capitalizing on these substantial savings.

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