In addition to the jail time, the man, identified as R.M., was ordered Wednesday to pay $54,451 in blood money to his family, Gulf News reported.
Prosecutors said that in December, R.M. found out that his 12-year-old son had done poorly on a school exam. He then beat the boy with a computer cable until he collapsed.
The defendant fled the scene after the beating but was later arrested by Abu Dhabi Police.