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Get ready for GESS Dubai 2022

This November sees the Oriel Square team visiting GESS Dubai in what has become an annual trip. Oriel Square director, Sam Derby, shares his pick of the talks and top tips for GESS Dubai 2022.

When and where? 15th- 17th November 2022, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai

This three-day event hosts industry keynote speeches for educators and professionals involved in supplying educational content to the MENA region. Alongside a comprehensive exhibition, the talks and interactive experiences showcase the latest trends in education.

As in previous years, we’ll be attending GESS Dubai for three days of important discussions about the current landscape of education. The Department for International Trade and Oriel Square’s industry association, BESA, usually make up the largest single international presence at GESS Dubai, helping to maintain the influence and reputation of the British education, educational publishing and EdTech industries globally.  This year, Sam, John, and Keira will be heading to the halls of the Dubai World Trade Centre. Do get in touch as they would love to meet up.

Sam’s pick of the previews:

There are a large number of sessions, either in English or in Arabic with simultaneous English translation. These are the events that Sam is most looking forward to attending:

Tuesday 15th November

Wednesday 16th November

  • Hear from a bilingual school about how they developed students’ language abilities in ‘A Roadmap for Improving Arabic Teaching & Learning – A Journey at Al-Bayan Bilingual School’ at the Growth Mindset conference

Thursday 17th November

Full agenda: https://www.gessdubai.com/skills-development-training

Making the most of the trip

Although the conference makes for a very busy few days, we always try to make time for some exploration and relaxation. Here are a few things that help us make the most of our visit:

1. Experience the city of Dubai!

If possible, plan your stay so you have time to make the most of the show and see some of Dubai as well. The Old Quarter should be on your list, as well as the higher profile Marina, Waterfront, and Burj Khalifa/ Mall areas.

2. Arrange as many meetings as you can before you go.

Like all trade fairs, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle. Local publishers, EdTech organisations and other education-related industries will be there alongside UK and US providers. Ministries and their agencies in the region have a very high profile, so there will be plenty of both familiar and unfamiliar brands and people to get to know.

3. Speak with local educators.

Take the opportunity, if you can, to visit schools to talk to local teachers, alongside talking to senior leaders who will be at GESS. We’ll be developing our direct links with both local and international schools in the region while we’re there.

Oriel Square is heading to the GESS conference between the 15th and 17th of November. Drop us a line if you’ll be there too, we’d love to say hello!

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Registration: https://registration.gesevent.com/survey/00kz0qxuz229k?channel=website