With Ramadan fast approaching, the UAE has announced reduced school hours across three emirates – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah – during the Holy Month.

For Dubai, as per Khaleej Times, Mohammed Darwish, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Permits and Compliance at Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) said, “Private schools in Dubai can hold classes up to five hours during Ramadan, We’ve given schools the flexibility of choosing their start and end time in consultation with parents.”

With regard to the capital, Abu Dhabi, private schools shall also have a reduction in working hours amid Ramadan as announced by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK). He stated, “The school cannot start before 9:30am and must end the day before or at 3:30pm.”

As for Sharjah,tThe Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA) had addressed that school timings shall not last for more than five hours, with a reduction in homework and examinations during Ramadan starting classes from 9am onwards, with the day to be held between three and four hours, depending on the student’s grade and requirements.

Keeping in line with all safety regulations amid the pandemic, a statement issued on the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) advised that people should not attend evening gatherings and family visits should also be limited during the month.

All the necessary safety measures have been taken to ensure that all the pupils remain safe amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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