School Holidays in Saudi Arabia

School Holidays in Saudi Arabia

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After a prolonged year of pandemic-induced home learning, the kingdom’s new school year has now begun. As soon as the new school year commences, every parent is curious to get their hands on the new academic calendar to see what the new semester holds. Knowing your kids’ academic calendar and when they will be off school can help you and your family layout a solid and well-organized plan on a family vacay, day out or even study times for your little one. 

The first school semester for Saudi Arabian schools typically begins around every first week of the month of September. Schools in Saudi Arabia generally have three breaks each year.

  • Mid-Year Holidays: two weeks during late December to mid-January

  • Eid al-Fitr Holidays: approximately two weeks around the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday. Eid al-Fitr holidays may occur in early May  2022.
  • Year-End Holidays: Around 12 weeks from early June until late August


Please make sure you contact your kid’s school for more information on their specific academic calendar for the new year. Here we’ve revealed all the must-know holiday dates of Saudi Arabian schools. 

Festivals in Saudi Arabia
Saudi National Day: 23 September 2021

Celebrated annually, commemorating the establishment of the kingdom by King Abdulaziz in the year of 1932.

School Holidays in Saudi Arabia
Eid al-Fitr: 3 May 2022

Eid al-Fitr Religious holidays mark the end of the Islamic fasting season also known as Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr holidays for 2022 fall from May 4th to May 6th.

School Holidays in Saudi Arabia
Arafat Day: 9 July 2022

Another religious holiday of the kingdom that commemorates the completion of the Islamic message by Muhammed’s final sermon.

School Holidays in Saudi Arabia
Eid al-Adha: 10 July 2022

Also known as the feast of sacrifice or greater Eid, Eid al-Adha honors Abraham who wished to sacrifice his dear son as an act of obedience towards God. Eid al-Adha holidays for the year 2022 fall on July 11-12th.

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