The School Day and School Year

Find out the timings of the academic year and school day in Qatar...

School hours are generally 07:00-08:00 and 12:30-14:30, which can mean that after-school care may be necessary if both parents are working until later. Some schools offer after-hours classes or clubs, sometimes for an extra fee. Expatriate households often employ domestic assistance such as a nanny, who looks after children at home, particularly if the school is local or provides a bus service.

School holidays

The school year in Qatar starts in September and finishes in June, which means there is a long summer holiday. Many expatriate families, where one partner is not working, take their children back to their home countries for the summer once the term has finished to avoid the heat.

Two- to three-week holidays are standard over the Christmas and Easter periods in international schools, which are also closed for the major public and Islamic holidays. When the month of Ramadan falls during term-time, schools may operate reduced hours.