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Leading education professionals from around the world are gearing up for the latest edition of GESS Dubai to discuss opportunities and challenges in the Middle East’s education market.

Scheduled on November 14-16, 2021 at Zabeel Halls 4, 5 and 6 of the Dubai World Trade Centre, the Middle East’s leading education show organised by Tarsus, in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Education, will present the latest insights on curriculum development, teacher training and recruitment, education-focused technology advancements and business opportunities in the education market throughout the Middle East.

“The education sector is recovering well from the impact of the Coronavirus thanks to proactive initiatives by both the public and private sectors across the region. We are excited to present the latest developments that will have a positive influence on the future growth of education moving forward,” said Matt Thompson, Project Director, Tarsus, organisers of the GESS portfolio of education exhibitions and conferences all over the world.

Referencing data from, Thompson said that the UAE education sector, in particular, is looking at a CAGR of 2% from 2021 to 2025, valued at AED365 million – a growth that will largely be driven by increasing student enrolments as well as a growing focus toward privatisation in the education sector.

As GESS Dubai prepares to host thousands of education professionals from around the world, organisers revealed highlights of the conference agenda that will feature renowned local and international experts in free-to-attend seminars, live case studies, workshops and panel discussions aimed at providing the region’s educators exposure to the up-to-date trends, best practice as well as the latest technological advances that will help them achieve excellence in their classrooms.

At the EdTech in Action section, some of the featured speakers include Raya Bidshahri, founder and CEO, School of Humanity (Reimagining Online Learning Post-COVID-19) andBrijesh Karia, Chief Operating Officer, Singhania Education (Change and Innovation Using Technology).

With many school leaders now focusing on wellness, GESS Dubai has dedicated a special Wellbeing Hub on the subject with notable experts sharing the latest best practice and insights showing the correlation, including Sven Maikranz, CEO of Upstrive Education (Win-win for all – How Measuring and Managing Wellbeing will Lead to Meaningful Results for Students, Staff and the Schools) and Mandeep Jassal, Behaviour Therapist, The Priory Wellbeing Centre (Mental Health Wellbeing)

Headlining the Future Leaders area are renowned education experts such as Prof. Deborah Eyre, founder and chair of High-Performance Learning Services (Make your school World Class by focusing on the Learning Sciences) and Helen Wright, International Education Adviser and Coach, Global Thought Leadership (Leading from the heart: radically shifting the focus of schools).

At the show’s Leadership Stream, among the speakers that will be of interest to schools include Fiona McKenzie, head of global consultancy, Carfax Education (Preparing international students to transition to global universities) and Thomas Blakemore, Primary School Class Teacher, Kent College Dubai (How YouTube and Tiktok Changed My Teaching Approach| The Octopus Method).

Global Learning takes the spotlight with Dr Abdullah Alsahamah, Advisor, Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States (Future Skills Development) and Richard Churches, Lead Adviser for Education Reform and Evidence-Based Practice, Education Development Trust (Applying evidence from neuroscience and psychology in the classroom – challenges and opportunities).

Running alongside the conference is an exhibition that will feature leading companies and brands offering education-focused products and solutions, providing an excellent venue for businesses to connect with key decision-makers from schools who are looking to acquire or upgrade their facilities and resources that will help them provide quality education for their students.

Registration for GESS Dubai is free and can now be done online at, giving education professionals access to all three days of CPD accredited conference programs and exhibition featuring over 400 international brands.