Ramadan school timings for Dubai has been unified by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).
The KHDA has instructed all private schools in Dubai to shorten school timings during Ramadan.
Mohammed Darwish, Chief of Regulations & Permits Commission (RPC) at KHDA, said: “Schools should ensure that the total duration for students do not exceed five hours per day.
"The school day during Ramadan will start between 8am to 8.30am and finish between 1pm to 1.30pm with shorter breaks as required.”
A KHDA official had emphasised that it was tough to finalise a unified timing as Dubai caters to so many different curricula. The final decision on the timing was deduced after consulting parents and principals, to ensure Muslim students are fully supported to meet their academic expectations while fasting.
Special instructions for schools
Schools have also been instructed to exempt students who fast from physical exercise (PE) classes or any other demanding physical activities.
Additionally, students who fast are prohibited from exposure to heat to avoid the risk of exhaustion and dehydration.
Out of respect for Ramadan and for students who fast, staff and parents, eating and drinking in schools will be limited to private designated areas only.
Schools may choose to plan informative activities for staff, parents and students to raise their awareness about the practices of Ramadan month and how it impacts society.
Abu Dhabi schools
Abu Dhabi schools will list out their individual timing, informed Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec).
Adec informed Emirates24|7 that parents will have to check with individual schools for Ramadan timings.
For public schools, they have listed out the examination dates for Grades 6 to 12.
Grades 6 to 9 – examinations start June 16
Grades 10 –June 14
Grades 11 –June 13
Grades 6 to 11 other than Grades 12 will finish their examinations on June 23
Grade 12 – May 29 to June 9.