AED27billion forecast for Middle East Africa edtech and smart classroom market in 2027

Largest gathering of edtech companies to showcase latest solutions at GESS Dubai


The Middle East and Africa edtech and smart classroom market is poised to grow in value to AED26billion in 2027, driven by the adoption of the edtech-focused products and solutions in classrooms across the region.

Given such bright prospects for business growth, a strong local and international contingent of edtech companies have confirmed their participation at GESS Dubai, the leading education conference and exhibition show in the Middle East that is set to take place on 14 to 16 November 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (Zabeel Halls 4, 5 & 6).

“This is a strong confirmation that the education sector in this part of the world is showing great promise for the future, and we are delighted to provide the ideal platform to facilitate this growth by giving edtech companies a chance to showcase their products and solutions to key decision-makers in schools throughout the region during GESS Dubai,” said Matt Thompson, Project Director, Tarsus, organisers of the GESS portfolio of education exhibitions and conferences in the UAE, Turkey and Indonesia.

The data was culled from the “Middle East and Africa EdTech and Smart Classroom Market Forecast to 2027” report published by Report Linker, an award-winning global market research solution and business intelligence, and listed the widespread adoption of smartphones, interactive displays and other digital learning tools in classrooms as a key driver of this growth.

Thompson says the region is also home to a robust start-up ecosystem that are developing specific edtech solutions that integrate a wide range of technological innovations such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and Blockchain among others to provide immersive and engaging teaching-and-learning experiences in classrooms or in homes as a result of blended onsite and remote classes being implemented by schools.

Among the over 400 local and international companies participating at GESS Dubai is Canada-based ezrobot, which is looking to expand its operations in the Middle East.

“We’re excited to be at GESS and to help educators learn how they can dramatically increase engagement in robotics, coding and AI education.  Many schools that have implemented our strategies have seen enrolment in their robotics programs increase by as much as 1,000% – it’s truly incredible to see,” said Dennis Kambeitz, CEO.

Edtech in Action will also be a key thematic focus on the conference agenda of GESS Dubai, with leading education and technology experts coming to share their insights on the latest advances in the use of technology in classrooms. Steve Bambury, a renowned edtech consultant, will deliver talks on The rise of the virtual schoolhouse and How NFTs and Blockchain will Disrupt Education. These and hundreds of other presentations, workshops and panel discussions form part of the conference component of GESS Dubai, which provides CPD certification for education professionals attending the event.

Homegrown edtech company Alef Education will also be participating at the event to showcase their award-winning AI-power Alef Platform, which has been adopted by the UAE Ministry of Education for use in all public schools in the emirates. “We believe digital distance learning will be the primary mode of delivery for deploying personalised learning experiences in the future and are excited to talk to school leaders about how technology can be leveraged to help their students achieve better learning outcomes,” said Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO.

In addition, GESS Dubai has a dedicated Start Up Pavilion where many emerging start-ups will be showcasing their latest innovations that could potentially disrupt the edtech sector in the region.

Registration for GESS Dubai is free for education professionals and can now be done online at