Holidays announced for Ramzan 2023

By Mala Yachts -February 22, 2023

In the United Arab Emirates, several schools will let their students spend the most of Ramadan with their family. Since the start of the fasting month is predicted by astronomical calculations to occur on March 23, many schools will be closed for spring break on that date or will remain closed until after the school year ends.

According to Rob Commons, the principal of Uptown International School, “Spring break officially begins on Saturday, March 25, and finishes on Sunday, April 9,” as quoted in the Khaleej Times. The first two or three days of Ramadan (depending on when the holy month begins) will have (reduced)… timings at the school, followed by two weeks of breaks, then around eight to ten school days after the break until Eid Al Fitr.

The first day of Eid Al Fitr is anticipated to fall on Friday, April 21st, after a holy month that is predicted to span 29 days. The Islamic festival will grant citizens of the UAE a four-day holiday, most likely beginning on Thursday, April 20 and lasting until Sunday, April 23.

As reported by Principal Lisa Johnson of the American School for Girls, the first two weeks of Ramadan fall with the school’s spring vacation. It’s possible that this will be “helpful for our girls” on their fasting journey. The timing of the break may allow them to devote more time to religious activities without having to worry about missing class. Lisa speculated that this might provide them a chance to recharge their batteries during the period of increased spiritual activity.

Several schools following the Indian curriculum will wrap up their school year in March, and the holiday before the new year begins this year happens to coincide with the beginning of Ramadan.

Sydney Gems Modern Academy’s vice principal and designated safeguarding lead Michael Atkins announced, “The new academic year is beginning on April 3.”

The last day of the 2022-23 school year, according to a circular sent home to parents by an Indian school in Dubai, would be March 16.

The result is that during Ramadan, pupils following the Indian curriculum will have around 10 days off.


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