School timings have been reduced to a maximum of five hours for Ramadan, Arabic newspapers reported on Monday, quoting the Ministry of Education.
Starting Sunday (May 28), boys’ schools will start at 8am while girls’ schools and pupils in kindergarten will start at 9am.
According to the reports, schools have also been asked to suspend physical exercise classes and any other activity that is physically demanding during Ramadan. They must also ensure pupils are not exposed to the heat and sun to avoid the risk of dehydration and exhaustion.
The measures include cancelling the morning assembly, reducing breaks to 10 minutes and limiting classes to a maximum of 40 minutes per class.
The Ramadan timings and measures will apply till the end of the school year — June 22. Ramadan will end around June 25 or 26, depending on the sighting of the new moon.
According to a circular sent by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), school timings in Dubai during Ramadan will be shortened to five hours a day. Schools will start between 8am and 8.30am and end between 1pm and 1.30pm, with shorter breaks as required.