In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, schools begin their academic year around the first week in September. This is when the students start attending their classes, while the teachers come back to work a week prior, at the end of August. While summer vacations make for a mandatory period when schools remain shut there are several other days in the year when students get leave, spread through the school year.
In all the international schools in Riyadh, school holidays include almost every bank holiday and a few additional days. Certain days are religious holidays, like Eid Al Adha or Eid Al Fitr. Others are public or national holidays like the Saudi National Day which falls on September 23rd.
Among the latest updates, the Saudi Arabian Council of Economic and Development Affairs suggested that students of Saudi Arabian schools have a break during the holy month of Ramadan.
Instead of the previous calendar, the school year would now start from September 17th till May 15th, one day before the beginning of Ramadan. Students would get one day as a break on September 23rd as well as a mid-year off period from January 12th to 20th.
One World International School always provides parents, students, and teachers with a school holiday calendar at the start of the year so that they can plan their curriculum, holidays, and any travel plans accordingly. While most national bank holidays are the same as school holidays, there are a few minor switches.
Holidays Observed in International Schools of Saudi Arabia:
Eid Al Fitr:
Eid Al Fitr is one of the most important festivals on the Islamic calendar, which signifies the end of the fasting period of Ramadan. It is celebrated in Saudi Arabia, other countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as well as Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
Eid Al Adha:
Eid Al Adha celebrates Abraham who willingly agreed to offer his only son Isaac as a sacrifice at the command of God. Also called the Greater Eid, this festival is a celebration of obedience and the Feast of the Sacrifice.
Arafat Day commemorates our prophet Muhammad’s final sermon where he completed his preaching of the message of Islam. It is a popular celebration across the other GCC countries.
Our Prophet’s Birthday:
Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is celebrated and observed in the third month according to the lunar Islamic calendar. It is both a school and a public holiday in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia National Day:
The Saudi Arabia National Day is observed and celebrated on September 23rd every year. It is a commemoration of the day that King Abdulaziz established the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932. That was the year when he issued a decree that renamed the Najd and Hejaz kingdom Saudi Arabia.
School Holiday Calendar for 2022-23:
Save this chart and keep it handy whenever you want to check the school holidays throughout the year.
|Beginning of studies after the mid-term break:||16/01/2022|
|Founding Day holiday||22/02/2022|
|Beginning of the second-semester vacation||10/03/2022|
|Beginning of the third semester||20/03/2022|
|The start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday||25/04/2022|
|The start of the study after the Eid Al-Fitr vacation||08/05/2022|
|Beginning of vacation||30/06/2022|
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