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School Holidays

School Holidays 2017

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Schools in Qatar are divided into two systems – government-run independent schools and private schools. There are more than 140 private schools in Qatar, where they offer English-medium curriculum. There are a large number of expatriates working and living in Qatar and most expatriate children are sent to these private schools.

The education system is governed by two entities – the Supreme Education Council (SEC) and the Ministry of Education (MOE). Every year, the Minister of Education and Higher Education from the SEC will announce the annual calendar for schools. Since 2012, the SEC has taken steps to unify the school breaks between independent and private schools.

School holidays in Qatar are a prime time for the Qatari families to travel locally and regionally, as well as for expatriate families to take time off to travel back home. The school year in Qatar usually begins in September each year. A very popular school holiday period for travel is the end of year school holidays (between July and September), which coincides with summer in Europe. Equally popular is the winter break in December, which encourages families to travel to places with a warmer climate.

The school holidays 2016 and 2017 dates below are subject to change in line with the SEC.

School Year 2016-2017

School Term/HolidaysStartsFinishes
Term 21 Jan 2017
(Sun)
26 Jan 2017
(Thu)
Half Term Break27 Jan 2017
(Fri)
4 Feb 2017
(Sat)
Term 2
(Continued)
5 Feb 2017
(Sun)
13 Apr 2017
(Thu)
Spring Break14 Apr 2017
(Fri)
22 Apr 2017
(Sat)
Term 323 Apr 2017
(Sun)
22 Jun 2017
(Thu)
End of Year Holidays23 Jun 2017
(Fri)
Sep 2017