World’s leading education show all set for Dubai edition


The Global Educational Supplies and Solutions (GESS), the world’s leading education show, is all set for its UAE edition this week at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The Dubai show is part of GESS’ global portfolio of education conferences and exhibitions that includes Indonesia and Turkey as well as summits in Africa. “GESS is a UAE-home grown brand that has become so successful we’ve expanded it to key education markets around the world,” said Matt Thompson, Project Director, Tarsus, organisers of the event, scheduled on 25-27 February 2020 at the Sheikh Saeed Halls.

The show is being held in partnership with the UAE’s Ministry of Education. It is also supported by the Ministry of Education Bahrain, Ministry of Education Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Arab Bureau of Education for Gulf States (ABEGS), British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) and Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) as Knowledge Partner.

Business is booming

GESS Dubai has become the premier platform for doing business in the education sector in the Middle East, enabling companies and brand to showcase their products and solutions to key decision makers from schools through to colleges and universities.

“This region has remained attractive for education-focused companies, with the show featuring more than 50 product launches during the three-day event,” added Thompson.

The launches will cover a broad spectrum of products and solutions – from gadgets and devices to learning solutions, as well as traditional school, lab equipment and learning gears that are all designed to make teaching and learning more effective.

There will also be a proliferation of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augment Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) products that highlight the most recent developments in these exciting fields that are geared toward education.

Game changers

In addition to its exhibition component, GESS Dubai will be featuring over 300 free of charge and CPD-certified workshops and presentations from world leading experts in education, technology, leadership and training, neuroscience and others.

H.E. Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, the UAE Minister of Education, will be delivering the welcome remarks to kick off the conference, headlined by an impressive line-up of keynote speakers, this year’s edition of GESS Dubai will be highlighted by game-changers who are looking to transform the teaching and learning experiences in schools throughout the region.

Gerd Leonhard, a noted futurist & humanist, author, and CEO of The Futures Agency, will lead a talk on Technology & Humanity, Jobs, Work and the Future of Education: the next 10 years.Our world will change more in the next 10 years than the previous 100 years, and the way we work will never be the same. A totally blended and diverse workforce, the gig economy as the new normal, virtual and remote work and most 2030 jobs haven’t even been invented yet. What skills will we need, and how must education adapt to a world where machines are learning and ‘thinking’, and where nine billion people will be connected at almost unlimited bandwidth?  The future is better than we think – and we can choose to create it or be created by it!”

From Saudi Arabia, H.E. Dr Saud Bin Saeed Bin Abdulaziz Almthami, Secretary General of the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity, will speak about Innovation Trilogy, in which he hopes to engage the audience in a search for new, applicable, knowledge that can be used to deliver economic, social, and human value. “This presentation will shed light on the importance of building a culture of “innovation” in the minds of young people, as they are the hope for pioneer leaders who will build a promising future.

Expo 2020 Dubai will also be on the spotlight as Marjan Faraidooni, Chief Pavilions and Exhibitions Officer, presents the immersive journeys that students can visit at the site in what she says will be the school trip of a lifetime.

Free-to-attend for education professionals, online registration is now possible at