GESS Dubai 2023 officially opens

The first day of the event welcomed a record number of attendees consisting of education experts, including teachers, school leaders and industry professionals from more than 70 countries 

Dubai, Oct 30, 2023: The 16th edition of GESS (Global Educational Supplies and Solutions) Dubai, the Middle East’s leading education exhibition and conference, commenced today. The first day of the event welcomed a record number of attendees consisting of education experts, including teachers, school leaders, and industry professionals from more than 70 countries. The event is taking place at Za’abeel Halls 4 to 6, Dubai World Trade Centre until Wednesday, November 1. 

The opening ceremony qas graced by Dr. Omar Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director for School Operations at Abu Dhabi, Emirates Schools Establishment and Dr. Abdulrahman Mohammed Alasmi, Director General of the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States.  

Also present at the opening were Dr. Mohammed Mubarak Juma, Bahrain Minister of Education; and Abdulrahman Al-Medaires, Director-General of the KSA-based UNESCO Regional Centre for Quality and Excellence in Education (UNESCO RCQE), among others.  

“From ensuring access to the most advanced tools and technology to prepare our students and teachers for the future, committing more meaningfully to sustainability and holistic wellness initiatives to attracting, retaining and upskilling of talent, we are excited for what lies ahead,” says Sarah Palmer, Brand Director, GESS Education, Tarsus Group Ltd. 

The key focus of GESS Dubai in 2023 is to address the increasing demand for educational supplies and solutions driven by the growing number of international schools in the Middle East. With a record number of 2,068 international schools in the region and more than 1.9 million students, GESS Dubai aims to equip educators with the tools and resources they need to meet the evolving needs of the education sector. The event highlights various themes and areas of emphasis, including sustainability, EdTech, well-being and the transition from K-12 to higher education.  

Joint collaborations  

The Regional Centre for Quality and Excellence in Education (RCQE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Fujairah Scientific Club to support scientific research initiatives and programmes, and to exchange lecturers, specialists and expertise to enhance educational programmes in areas such as talent development, knowledge dissemination, consultation and education quality and excellence. 

Ataa Educational Company, a Saudi-based educational services provider, has signed an agreement with Schoolvoice, a platform specialising in school-parent communication. The partnership brings together two leading industry service providers with a shared vision to enhance educational experiences for students, parents and educators. 

Talks on day 1 

The first day of GESS Dubai 2023 witnessed a series of engaging talks and workshops. Industry experts, thought leaders and educators convened to discuss the pressing challenges and innovative solutions in education. 

Mohammad Suhail Almadani, Founder & CEO of Classera Inc, ignited the conversation on harnessing innovation to empower future generations through education in a  a panel discussion with speakers Waseem Ajmal Chaudhry, Federal Secretary Education at Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Government of Pakistan and Dr. Imad Al-Balti, Advisor to the Tunisian Minister of Education and Director General of Media and Digital Administration.  

Meanwhile, Dr. Osama Obeidat, CEO of Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA), discussed the path to leading effective change through QRTA’s innovative professional development model, inspiring educators with a vision of transformation in teaching and learning.  

Ewan McIntosh, Managing Director of NoTosh, spoke about the power of design thinking in learning and Darren Coxon, Founder of, delivered a talk on the responsible integration of AI into educational institutions, offering a glimpse into the future of education.