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Academic Calendar for 2022-2023 Session - Global Indian International School, Dubai

Mr. Antony Koshy
Aug 16, 2022

Global Indian International School (GIIS) is one of the best international schools in Dubai, UAE. If you are a parent to a child studying in GIIS, you will be wanting to get the school holiday dates right at the beginning of the year so you can plan your kids' study schedules and family vacations well in advance.

The School Term And Holiday Dates Are Regulated By the Ministry Of Education (MoE).

The UAE academic calendar begins in August every year. There are three terms in each academic year with three breaks in between- spring break, summer break and winter break.

GIIS Dubai School Holidays

As per the UAE academic calendar, the GIIS Dubai school holidays are split into three terms as given below:



Spring Break

26th March 2023 - 6th April 2023

Summer Break

End of June - 27 August 2022

Winter Break

11th Dec 2022 — 1st Jan 2023

When is Summer Break in Dubai?

As per the Ministry of Education (MoE) instructions, summer break to all schools in Dubai, UAE should not be more than 8.2 weeks. Students will usually break for the Summer Vacation in UAE 2022 during July and August before returning for the second term in September.

When is Spring Break in Dubai?

As per the UAE academic calendar, Spring break takes place in early spring in the United Arab Emirates. When it comes to private schools in Dubai following a foreign curriculum will have either a three-week break like other schools or a two-week break. Children who opt for a two-week break can take a one-week break later in the year.

Private and Public schools that follow the MoE Curriculum will get a three-week break and the 2022 spring break dates are from March 26 to April 13. The schools in Dubai will resume after spring break on April 16. 

When is Winter Break in Dubai?

In 2023, all the children will get a winter vacation in UAE for three weeks. Children will have their holidays from December 11 to January 1, 2023. Students across all curriculums will resume school on January 2, 2023.

List of Additional School Holidays in Dubai, UAE

Below is the list of Holidays in UAE 2022

Date of Holiday


Some facts


(No. of days)

1 Jan 

New Year's Day

New Year's Day in Dubai is the first day of the year, as per the Gregorian Calendar 2022 UAE, that falls exactly one week after the Christmas Day of the previous year.


18 Feb

Israa & Miaraj Night

Isra and Miaraj Night marks the journey of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from Mecca to Jerusalem and ascent into heaven, sometime around the year 621, according to the Islamic belief.


21, 23 & 24 April

Eid Al- Fitr

Eid al-Fitr is also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast.” Muslims believe that it was during the holy month of Ramadan that the text of the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

The Ramadan holidays 2022 is likely to last 30 days and residents may enjoy a five-day break.


28 June

Afrah Day

Afrah Day is named after the geographical area Arafa. At dawn on the Arafat Day, Muslim pilgrims  make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside  plain called Mount Arafat and the Plain of Arafah. 

It was here that the Prophet Muhammad  gave his Farewell Sermon.


30 June to 1st July

Eid Al Adha

Also called the Feast of Sacrifice, it is the most important feast in the Muslim UAE holiday calendar that celebrates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishmael in submission to Allah's command, before being stopped by Allah.


19 July

Hijri New Year’s Day

Celebrated on the first day of Muharram, this day marks the beginning of a new lunar Hijri year. It is a time to seek penance and surrender to God.


27 September

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born in Mecca on 12 Rabiulawal in the year 570 CE. He is believed to have been a descendant of Ishmael. 


1 December

Commemoration Day

The holiday commemorates the honor and loyalty of its martyrs in the civil, military and humanitarian fields.

It recognizes the sacrifices they had made for their country and memory of its sons who have given their lives to keep the UAE flags flying high.


2nd and 3rd December

UAE National Day

This day commemorates the formal nationalization from the British Protectorate Treaties on 2 December 1971.


How to Spend Dubai School Holidays with Kids?

After sheer hard work in the Dubai academic year children wait for those school breaks where they can chill with their family and friends without having to look at the clocks to get ready for school.

During the Dubai school holidays parents are often worried that the kids will either get bored without any activity or they will be glued to cartoons or playstations all summer. 

Whether the kids have eid holidays 2022 or any other school holiday, the below activities will surely keep them Happy and Active throughout the vacation:

1. Hit the Bull’s Eye

Enjoy this exciting game with your kid! A couple of bottle caps or sponges (for small kids, to prevent injury), and some chalk are all you need to turn a reasonably large indoor or outdoor area into a target playing zone.

2. Painting with the Marbles

This activity is preferably for young kids – preschoolers to 8-year-olds. Get some tempera paint, poster paint or activity paint in at least 6-7 shades; a small pack of marbles and a metal box; thick sheets of poster paper cut to fit at the bottom of the box. Now ask the kids to coat the marbles in different colors and drop them in the box. Now close the lid and shake the box a few times. Open it and there it is, the painting is ready! Now wash the marbles and try with different colors. 

3. Explain the Significance of Festivals

Utilize the vacation by showing the kids latest UAE calendar 2022 with holidays list and telling them about all the festivals along with the facts associated with each one.

4. Hunting the Leaves

This can be done by kids from ages 5-12. Pick an outdoor green area like a garden or a park where the kids are safe. Now, ask the kids to get  indoors while you secretly go and pick leaves from different trees or plants– one leaf for each child. Put all the leaves in a container, give it to the kids and let them loosen the leaves in the green area. The idea is to let kids match the leaves they are carrying with those growing on the plants/ trees. You can then tell the kids the name of the plant or tree or more information as you think they can absorb.

5. Biography of Grandparent

Before the school opening in UAE after summer vacation, grandparents try to spend a lot of their time with their grandchildren so they can relive their childhood. The best thing children love to do is listening to their stories. Get your child to record and transcribe an interview with their grandparent or much loved uncle or aunt about their childhood. 

6. Racing Track

Put coloured tape on the floor or carpet to make roads for your kids’ cars. You can add stops and signals to make the activity more creative. Make a special little zone for parking where the cars have to come to a standstill after the play is over. 

7. Balloon Volleyball

When you need to keep the children active but it’s too hot to play outdoors, string up a rope across your hallway. Then hand the children a balloon each and have them play volleyball using the balloons. 

8. Enroll your Child in Spring Break Camps or Other Outings

During the Spring break 2022 UAE, you can enroll your child in spring break camps or plan outings and activities that they can enjoy together. Also, you can consider desert camping, visiting famous landmarks or going to the movies. 

9. Indoor Bowling Track

You can make an addictive indoor bowling game using a wooden board or a  flattened cardboard box laid out on a flat surface using pencil erasers or fat crayon stubs for bowling pins along with marbles or a ping pong ball as the bowling ball. Keep recording the score and have fun!

10. Cleaning- the- Room Race

Get a timer for yourself, sit back and let the children do all the work. Can they put all the cushions back on the couch in 25 seconds? Can all the blue toys on the floor be found in 60 seconds? Can all the shoes lying around the house be kept back to the shoe rack in 120 minutes? Can all the clothes on the bed be folded in 15 minutes? The sound of the timer going off will galvanize your child into action. At the end reward your child for the hard work.

11. Create a Bird Feeder

This is a lovely way to help our feathered friends while teaching the children about different birds in the neighborhood during the 2022 spring break. There are several craft websites that will give you amazing ideas about how to make easy, inexpensive bird feeders.

*It is needless to say that after all the fun, enjoyment and learning, parents must be wondering when school will reopen in UAE so they can prepare their child for school as well. As per the Ministry of Education the school year 2022-2023 will begin on August 29.


The UAE Academic Calendar for Dubai Private Schools has been issued by the Ministerial Development Council. All the private schools can tentatively communicate public holidays (like Eid, National Day) to parents and confirm them once declared by the UAE government authority.

School holidays are a prime time for activities and family travels. So, make sure to plan and book your family holiday well in advance!

Mr. Antony Koshy

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