It will be great to head back out to Dubai for the GESS (Global Education Supplies and Solutions) Conference in November and even better to be able to attend a big, all-in, face-to-face event once again.
I have missed too many good friends and colleagues during the pandemic and with restrictions easing, I am really looking forward to spending some good time in the wonderful UAE.
GESS is one of the biggest shows in the Middle East and one that is always worth attending at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Organised in partnership with the Ministry of Education, GESS Dubai has been the focal point for education in the Middle East and beyond for 14 years now.
The GESS website explains: ‘The exhibition provides educators access to the products and solutions that meet the needs of the modern classroom and transform the way students learn. Alongside the exhibition runs an extensive conference programme and awards ceremony, making GESS Dubai the complete event for the education industry.’
That sounds about spot-on to me.
The UEA has lots of international schools within its borders and attracts lots of international providers so events like this are like gold dust for GEST Consultancy and my colleagues in the sector. Working with international schools is very network-driven so to have so many attend one event makes it a no-brainer to attend.
British Ed-Tech is very well thought of in these regions so, as you can imagine, there is plenty of opportunities to network and do business at such a prestigious and well-respected conference.
This year, there is going to be a UK Pavilion at the event, supported by the UK Department of International Trade (DIT) where companies can showcase what they do and what they offer.
Bright future for Ed-Tech
It is the first time we have been able to do anything like this for a very long time and I know many of my colleagues are looking forward to getting together and discussing a bright future for Ed-Tech.
On a personal level, to get away from a laptop and speak to people in person will mean so much. It will be my first major event since I launched GEST Consultancy so it’s a chance for me to put some personality to the brand and show people that my business is more than just an email address. I’ll be out in the region for an extended amount of time both before and after the three days of GESS.
There are plenty of big hitters from the host nation there too with representatives from the UAE Ministry of Education in attendance, along with interested parties from the likes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries from across the region, all in one place at the same time.
If you are attending, I will be based at that UK Pavilion so please come and say hello… it has been too long!
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