Now in its sixth year, Gulf Educational Supplies & Solutions (GESS) together with Global Education Forum (GEF) is firmly established as the Middle East’s leading annual event for education professionals.
About GESS 2013
The 2012 exhibition saw a dramatic increase in visitors and increased footfall; attendance was up 20 percent from the previous show with 6,000 education professionals from over 60 countries attending. GESS 2012 recorded its highest ever participation by exhibitors, with over 250 businesses and organisations from more than 30 countries.
GESS and GEF was organised under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and supported by His Excellency Humaid Moh’d Al Qutami, Minister of Education for the United Arab Emirates.
Over three packed days, GESS showcases some of the world’s biggest providers of ICT and e-learning solutions, interactive technologies, scientific and laboratory equipment and a range of other educational supplies. Furthermore, GESS 2012 received overwhelming regional support with pavilions from the Ministries of Education for UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman as well representation from the Abu Dhabi Education Council and the Arab Bureau of Education from the Gulf States.
About the gulf education market
- UAE: $2.2 billion spend on education planned for 2012
- Launch of the Smart Learning Initiative – part of the UAE Vision 2021, this will shape a new learning environment in public schools through the launch of ‘smart classes’ that will provide every student with an electronic tablet and access to high speed 4G networks.
- According to data from the World Bank, public expenditure on education in the Middle East and North Africa stands at 18.6% of total government spending compared to the world average of 14.2%.
- The private sector enrolment in the UAE, valued at $2.8b and growing at 10%, is among the GCC's largest education sectors
- The Saudi Arabian government appropriated $40 billion to education and training in 2011 – investment in human capital has become a top priority for the Saudi Government, as spending on education has more than tripled since 2000. The budget includes plans to build 610 new schools in addition to the 3,200 already under construction.
- Bahrain has increased its commitment to education through the National Project to Develop Education and Training and a focus on E-learning is a cornerstone of the Schools Improvements Project (SIP)
- Oman: increase of 300 million Riyals in education budget compared to 2011
- UAE Strategy 2010-2020: to accomplish 10 out of 10 in ICT, curriculum reform, SEN and facilities development
- Qatar: $5.2 billion has been allocated to education
Contact us today to discuss exhibiting opportunities. You can also download the 2013 GESS Show Brochure for more details.