Coronavirus: UAE schools reopening rules across country – Khaleej Times

Ruth Harron 05/02/2021 0

Students to return to school from February 14.

The UAE never let the Covid-19 pandemic affect its education process. Even as schools shut as a precautionary measure against Covid-19, classes went online.

Now that the country is gradually recovering from the pandemic, education authorities are putting in place measures to help children return to schools.

>> Public schools

The Ministry of Education has announced the gradual and phased return of in-person classes for all academic levels in public schools across the emirates, starting from February 14.

In a statement, the ministry said that distance learning will remain available as an option until the end of the school year.

Hybrid learning, where students have a choice to combine both traditional classroom experiences or attend virtually from home, will remain available to offer further flexibility.

>> Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved the resumption of in-classroom education for all grades in Abu Dhabi schools from February 14.

E-learning is an option until the end of the school year.

>> Dubai

All private schools in Dubai had reopened us usual after the winter break on January 3.

Parents can choose between in-person classes, virtual learning or hybrid for their wards.

>> Sharjah

Private Sharjah schools resumed classes for around 170,000 students earlier this month.

However, nearly 90 per cent remained in distance learning.

Parents can easily switch between their kids’ learning modes in the middle of the school year.

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Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed discusses future of education as schools urged to back vaccination drive

Ruth Harron 21/01/2021 0

The National 

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, set out the agenda for the future of education as a renewed call was made for school staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Sheikh Abdullah chaired a virtual meeting of the Education and Human Resources Council.

During the meeting, Minister of State for Public Education Jameela Al Muhairi reviewed plans to develop vaccination protocols for the country’s schools.

Ms Al Muhairi stressed the importance of widespread inoculation in ensuring a safe and healthy school community.

Earlier this month, Sheikh Abdullah urged teachers and other school employees to take the Covid-19 vaccine to support a return to normality.

“We look forward to the return of our sons and daughters to their schools, to develop their capacities and skills in a safe and healthy academic environment where they can be overachievers, preparing a promising generation capable of leading the country in the future,” Sheikh Abdullah said at the time.

Those efforts were boosted this week when the UAE approved the use of the coronavirus vaccine for teenagers aged 16 and above.

The decision was made by the Ministry of Health and Prevention on Sunday.

The move was welcomed by school leaders who said it provided hope after a year of disruption for the education sector.

Allowing older pupils to be vaccinated was viewed by school heads as key to securing a permanent return to in-person lessons.

Public and private schools in Abu Dhabi will adopt distance learning for at least the next two weeks amid a rise in Covid-19 cases.

Schools in Dubai and Sharjah continue to provide blended models of in-person and remote learning.

More than two million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered across the country to date.

Sheikh Abdullah is one of a host of senior figures in the country to be vaccinated.

Sheikh Abdullah supports digital drive

Sheikh Abdullah highlighted the role of digital media in the education sector in preparing learners for careers increasingly influenced by advances in technology.

He said digital media was crucial in “strengthening the education system to build a new generation of skilled and qualified professionals”.

He made the statement while the council reviewed a proposal by the New Media Academy on the launch of an advanced academic training programme, which aims to integrate digital skills into the UAE’s education system.

Rashid Al Awadhi, chief executive of the academy, said the scheme would enable teachers to integrate digital media principles and skills into the school curriculum from an early stage.

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Moving to Abu Dhabi to teach during a pandemic through Teachers In UAE, our experience so far…

Ruth Harron 11/01/2021 0

Our Experience with Teachers In UAE during a pandemic…
We started looking for primary teaching positions in January 2020. We came across Ruth who works with Teachers In UAE and got in touch with her. Ruth started helping us straight away. She was always on hand to answer any question we had no matter how small or trivial, we always received a reply within minutes of contacting Ruth. Ruth organised interviews for us in a highly sought after school in Abu Dhabi and with her help we had secured positions for the coming school year by the end of the month.
Shortly after, Covid hit leading to a lot of uncertainty about whether travelling over to the UAE would be possible or whether our jobs would still be available there. Ruth was in direct communication with the school every week and provided us with regular updates in relation to our travel later in the summer. She always did her best to reassure us and put our minds at ease through a worrying and uncertain time.

Thankfully we were able to come out to Abu Dhabi in August. We love our school, we have made fantastic new friends and we are really enjoying the lifestyle, sunshine and change of scenery. We are extremely grateful to Ruth for helping us along the way and we would highly recommend anyone thinking about coming to the UAE to teach to get in touch with Ruth, she won’t let you down.

Our experience teaching in The UAE so far….

We have been teaching full time online since August due to low numbers of children choosing to come to school. The school is accommodating both blended and distance learners. We have found the online teaching to be very well structured. We use Microsoft Teams for our live lessons and Seesaw for follow up activities as well as a variety of other websites and resources. Teaching in Abu Dhabi is very different to teaching at home. Our school is very large with up to 15 teachers in a grade which makes planning much easier as you are always supported and always working in a team. We receive professional development on a regular basis making it easy to adapt to and learn about a new curriculum.
Abu Dhabi has handled the Covid pandemic well so far. There are restrictions in place however, we are able to live quite a normal life. We are able to go to malls, restaurants, the beach and most importantly brunches. They are very strict on only four people sitting at a table, masks must be worn at all times and teachers get covid tests every two weeks. We feel very safe here. There’s lots to do here. We have been to different beaches, pools, kayaking in the mangroves etc. We joined the local GAA club, although training wasn’t allowed, they organised group fitness classes which was great for meeting new people. Overall we are having a great time in Abu Dhabi and are so glad we made the move.

Amy & Darragh from Ireland


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UAE public holidays announced for 2021 and 2022

Ruth Harron 04/01/2021 0

As one year draws to a close it’s only natural to start thinking about the possibilities the next 12 months will bring.

And while a return to normal travel still seems to be some time away, there are still public holidays in the UAE that will give people the chance to take some time away from work to relax and reflect.

Some of the dates are always subject to moon sightings, but as much as possible, the UAE Cabinet has confirmed the dates for the country’s national holidays in 2021 and 2022.

Below you can find all the official dates for the next two years. Where the exact dates are available they are noted, otherwise the Islamic calendar dates are listed.

Holidays announced for 2021

January 1: New Year
29 Ramadan to 3 Shawwal: Eid Al Fitr (Expected to be May 12)
9 Zul Hijjah: Arafah Day (Expected to be July 18)
10,11,12 Zul Hijjah: Eid Al Adha (Expected to be July 19)
August 12 : Islamic New Year
October 21: Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) birthday
December 1: Commemoration Day
December 2-3: National Day

Holidays for 2022

January 1: New Year
29 Ramadan to 3 Shawwal: Eid Al Fitr (Expected to be May 1)
9 Zul Hijjah: Arafah Day (Expected to be July 8)
10,11,12 Zul Hijjah: Eid Al Adha (Expected to be July 9)
July 30: Islamic New Year
October 8: Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) birthday
December 1: Commemoration Day
December 2-3: UAE National Day

The UAE Cabinet has confirmed the official holiday dates


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Teachers, use this time to update your cvs…..

Ruth Harron 28/12/2020 1

Teachers, it really helps to process information and screen CVs when I can see at a glance; Essential requirements for teaching posts in The UAE. These include requirements from schools as well as Educational Councils which all have to be satisfied before the desirable criteria factors in….

To help you with this process in 2021 I have attached our  Teachers in UAE Editable CV

(If your device does not support the document format, please request a Teachers In UAE CV template by emailing


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Dubai schools chief: Pupils could attend multiple schools at same time in new remote learning era

Ruth Harron 08/12/2020 0

Abdulla Al Karam, director general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, said Covid-19 had changed the face of the education sector . Chris Whiteoak / The National
Abdulla Al Karam, director general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, said Covid-19 had changed the face of the education sector . Chris Whiteoak / The National

Children could attend multiple schools at the same time as a shift to remote learning helps usher in a new flexible era of teaching, Dubai’s private education chief said.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, director general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, said parents would increasingly seek out tailored learning experiences to benefit their child’s particular strengths.

The Covid-19 pandemic prompted a shift to distance learning, as pupils took part in lessons from their own homes rather than classrooms as part of efforts to limit the spread of the virus.

Even as the world recovers from the pandemic – with the rapid development of Covid-19 vaccines offering hope for the future – Dr Al Karam believes the education sector will not fully return to its traditional methods.

“There will be as many models of education as there are pupils,” said Dr Al Karam, while delivering the key note speech at the Education Investment Mena, a virtual conference held in Dubai on Tuesday.

“The relationship between schools and pupils has traditionally been exclusive.

“Pupils can only go to one school, and schools can only teach their own pupils. That will change as more learning moves online.”

Brick-and-mortar schools, however, would be more important than ever as community hubs in the post-Covid world, said Dr Al Karam.

He said schools played a huge role in improving the wellbeing of individuals.

“When online learning can meet students’ academic needs, it will be the physical schools that meet the holistic needs of pupils that will really stand apart,” he said.

The expert said that technology had transformed almost all sectors of the economy, but it took a pandemic to change the structure of education.

Dr Al Karam said Covid-19 has changed people’s expectations of education.

In recent months, parents have been able to get a closer look at how their children learnt.

The education chief said schools that cost millions of dollars to build were only open for seven or eight hours in a day, and remained closed in the evening, during the holidays, and the summer break.

“The clever schools will be the ones that consider how they can use the changing dynamics to their advantage and the pupil’s advantage as they make their future plans,” he said.

Ashwin Assomull, head of LEK Consulting’s Global Education Practice, shared an update on the repercussions of the Covid-19 disruption on the sector during the Education Investment MENA conference.

He said the lockdowns in various countries had caused significant short-term disruption across private education sectors globally, with school operators facing challenges.

Mr Assomull forecast that the schools would not be adversely impacted by the disruption in the long run.

“K-12 (primary and secondary education) schools are ‘good as gold’ – due to their attractive characteristics as business models and the lack of credible digital alternatives that can replace these institutions,” said Mr Assomull.

Data from the United Nations shows the pandemic affected nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries, while closure of educational institutions impacted 94 per cent of the world’s pupil population.

Courtesy of:
Anam Rizvi

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