UAE: All schools in the UAE will be closed todady (Thursday), November 28, to celebrate the UAE’s win to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai as well as the upcoming UAE National Day celebrations.
The holiday for schools and educational institutions was ordered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
That means that schools in the UAE will be closed from tomorrow [Thursday November 28] until Tuesday December 3 – six days.
“A national holiday has been declared for schools and universities for Thursday Nov.28 – enjoy the long weekend!” said Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai in a tweet.
Many schools in the UAE have announced a two-day extended weekend to mark the 42nd UAE National Day, which falls on Monday (December 2), while some have given an additional day off making it a three-day break, Emirates 24|7 Senior Reporter Sneha May Francis added earlier.
Some Dubai schools have altered their school calendar and shifted the holidays from December 2-3 to December 1-2, in line with the public sector holidays.
They will resume duties on December 3.
“As you are all aware, we have a school calendar that has announced December 2 and 3 as holidays. But we, Star International School, will follow (His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai) Sheikh Mohammad’s directive,” read the newsletter from Star International School at Al Twar.
However, some schools have stuck to the original school calendar and will give an additional day-off on December 1 (Sunday), turning it into a five-day-long weekend.
“Our school will be closed on December 1, 2 and 3,” confirmed a staff at GEMS Wellington Primary school.
JPS and Emirates International School have also followed the same holiday pattern.
The school newsletter had stated that it will be closed for three days to mark the 42nd UAE National Day, a parent from JPS informed. “It was in the newsletter,” she added.
In Abu Dhabi, most of the schools that Emirates24|7 contacted informed that they have matched the two-day format set for the public sector.
Al Rawafed Private School, GEMS Cambridge International School and Belvedere British School will be closed for two days – December 1 and 2.
Even in Sharjah most schools have announced two days off. When the website called Australian International School and Brilliant International Private School they informed that December 1 and 2 were marked holidays.
A staff at the Delhi Private School in Sharjah informed that they had not officially announced the dates yet, but “most likely” it would be December 1 and 2.
© Emirates 24|7 2013