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Top reasons GESS Dubai is worth visiting

GESS Dubai, the biggest education show in the Middle East, is prepping for its 12th year in February 2019.

Thousands of education professionals have visited this annual exhibition and conference year after year learning from great speakers and sourcing new education-focused products and solutions. Here are the top reasons why its next edition should not be missed:

Top-notch conference content
More than 200 workshops, presentations and sessions deliver unparalleled insights on the latest in education. From curriculum development and leadership enhancement to enriching and re-imaging the classroom experience and STEAM, teachers learn from renowned local and international experts and take away practical tips they can immediately implement in their classes to make learning more engaging for their students.

GESS Dubai is organised in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Education, and since its inception has come under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Deputy Ruler of the UAE. Adopting the theme of Empathy, GESS Dubai hopes to Inspire, Empower and Flourish.

Future professional success

Teachers attending GESS Dubai benefit in so many ways. They get to meet their peers from other schools, learn from experts on various topics and themes, but also get CPD certifications that can give a boost their professional careers. The experience of participating at GESS Dubai is not only enriching, but also ultimately rewarding in the long-term.
Inspiring speakers
GESS Dubai has always received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the relevance and insightful content of its conference programme. Here are some of the speakers for the 2019 edition whose topics will inspire, energize and give a boost to teachers seeking new ways to improve their craft:
• Kevin Ruth, Developing Leaders for an Age of Exponential Learning
• Elise Tarvainen, Pedagogical leadership as a catalyst for school transformation - Easy practices
• Janet Larson, Three Ways to Get Students Talking about Your Academic Content and Teacher, I’m Bored!”  How Schools Are Revolutionizing Teaching for Active Engagement
• Zen Khan, Moral Education
• Ronald Lalonde, Finding Simplicity in Complexity
• Helen Wright, The diversity equation: how diversity in leadership can improve school outcomes (1-hour workshop: How to make sure your next leadership role is the perfect fit)
• Gilda Scarfe, Leadership: The link between instructional leadership and student wellbeing outcomes and SEN Talk: Positive Education: Empowering students and teachers to flourish
• Ashley Green, Yoga & Mindfulness

Education achievers

GESS Dubai puts the spotlight on outstanding contributions from schools, teachers and education professionals as well as companies and brands providing various products and solutions for the education market in the Middle East through the GESS Education Awards. Find out who have made an impact, launched innovative programmes, and achieved new milestones to boost the growth and quality standards of education in the region.
Educational tools showcase
Over 550 local and international companies are showcasing the latest educational products and solutions that teachers can use to make them more effective in helping their students achieve better results.
From hi-tech teaching aides and materials, to innovative STEAM equipment and tools, GESS Dubai provides school owners and decision-makers a wide-range of choices for their teaching professional boost or next classroom upgrade.
One of the exhibitors worth visiting is Irish virtual reality software firm, Immersive VR Education (IVRE), which will showcase the ENGAGE platform at their stand. The IVRE team will be available across 3 days to give demos to visitors wishing to see what the future of education looks like.
ENGAGE enables educators to host meetings, classes, private tutorials, training sessions and presentations with people from all over the world participating in a safe, virtual, multi-user environment. It is designed as a complementary tool to enhance classroom teaching, or as a standalone tool providing distance learners with access and opportunities to connect at a collegial level with their fellow students.  The company is working on a unique ‘Dubai VR’ experience which will be part of its demonstration tool-kit for visitors throughout the event.   Everyone from local school students to educators will be able to experience a view of Dubai in the 'virtual' world ...and get to appreciate the power and innovation behind the ENGAGE platform.  

High-value network

Education professionals will also have a chance to network with their peers from 92 countries around the world. It’s a valuable community to connect with for business and professional growth. Among the top countries where visitors came from include Saudi Arabia, India, Oman, Iran, Kuwait, Pakistan, Kenya, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain and Nigeria as well as from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
For those exhibiting, 74% of visitors influenced or had purchasing authority. To meet and connect with this high-value network, make sure GESS Dubai is on your calendar.

What’s new?

The 2019 edition of GESS Dubai promises a new exhibition experience through the Arena Active series which features sessions that include drama, dance and singing to foster discussions on how performing arts are powerful tools teachers can use in developing soft skills of students.

Start-up showcase

Meet enterprising new small businesses and entrepreneurs that are shaking up the education sector with their disruptive new ideas. Many of these start-ups are providing innovative solutions geared specifically for learning situations in the Middle East, tailor-fitting their offers for the unique needs of teachers and students in the region.

Make the most out of your visit to GESS Dubai. Here are the areas inside the exhibition halls where you can sit for inspirational content from the event’s elite line up of speakers:

GESS Talks Arena

The Arena will feature an exciting range of talks from individual keynotes, to panel sessions and 1-2-1 interview style conversations. With inspirational keynotes and dynamic movers and shakers, these sessions are designed to inspire and engage to help you learn about the latest global education trends and to push your education agenda forwards.

Leadership Stream

Exclusively for our Leaders in Education members, these sessions are aimed at Leaders within education from pre-school, K12 to those from HE/FE colleges and universities. Looking at the challenges that leader of schools and educational institutions face, the qualities required to make a good leader and the skills required to advance in senior positions

Innovation Stage

Find out about the latest innovations in products and services for educators today, featuring case histories, interactive showcases, features and benefits of products.  Be empowered and ask the questions you’ve always wanted to, experience these dynamic workshops first hand and learn how to future proof your school.

Future Learning
Essential workshops by educators for educators. Learn from the very best, experience real stories from schools and see students and teachers showcase themselves. These sessions are interactive and thought provoking, looking at innovations in teaching and will range from the latest trends in STEAM, Digital, SEN, VR, to showcasing sports, music, drama, happiness, SEN and Arabic in the classroom.

Neuroscience and Wellbeing

New for 2019 the GESS team are pleased to be showcasing a series of talks from consultants, and educators on Wellbeing in schools and the Modern approaches to SEN students in an inclusive environment in schools. Our regular Neuroscience sessions will be on the 27th -28th Feb 2019 and David Hodgson Master NLP practitioner is back by popular demand for 2019 and will outline the latest international research to help educators learn how to boost, motivate and inspire their students to achieve the very best. With topics as diverse as happiness in education, rules of influence and neuroscience of memory there’s something for everyone over two days at GESS 2019.

Future Leaders

New for 2019 a series of workshops for those wanting to know more about stepping into leadership, and acquiring useful skills and insights into the techniques and skills essential to aspiring leaders in schools 

What: GESS Dubai
When: February 26-28, 2019
Where: Sheikh Saeed Halls, Dubai World Trade Centre
Free registration for education professionals, visit www.gessdubai.com