GESS 2009 will feature more than 200 exhibitors from over 20 countries showcasing a range of educational supplies and solutions that range from information technology and multimedia learning aids through to classroom and sporting equipment and teaching aids for special needs education. Over 4000 education professionals are expected to visit the exhibition and the accompanying Forum. For suppliers to the education sector, GESS has proven an ideal opportunity to launch products into the Middle East market. Highlights of the exhibition floor for visiting education professionals will include Microsoft who will be showing the possibilities presented by their Live@edu product- a suite of applications that helps students to collaborate both on and off campus. Al Mazroui will be showing Cyber Anatomy 3D that produces accurate clinical-level anatomical models within 1 mm of the naked eye and Eductech will run workshops demonstrating the SPARK science learning system and online learning environment.
Sue Rothwell, Group Event Director, Fairs & Exhibitions, said, 'Examination of the GESS exhibitor list shows not only a selection of highly successful locally based businesses that specialise in the sector but also businesses from Europe, the Americas and Asia who are eager to be involved in the development that is continuing to occur in this sector.' 'This year we have experienced exhibitor growth of 20% and the number of countries represented on the exhibition floor has doubled. The exhibition floor space this year is 55% bigger than last year and with the support of the Ministry of Education we will welcome Ministerial delegations from Bahrain, Qatar, KSA, Yemen and Oman,' she added. In addition to the patronage of H.H Sheikh Mohammed and the UAE Ministry of Education, GESS and GEF enjoy a high level of support from organisations including the Emirates Foundation, BESA (British Educational Suppliers Association), Worlddidac, Didacta, UK Trade & Investment, Edutech and Al Mazroui.