United Arab Emirates Trade Mission

Cityscape view of Dubai through the Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing Date: 23rd-28th February 2019
Sector: Education Services
Mission Sponsor:  

TiEGr in partnership with Pathfinder Trade and Invest are delighted to launch an education services mission to Dubai in February 2019 coinciding with the GESS Exhibition. The trade mission will mainly feature comprehensive meetings with early years education and training providers, nurseries, schools and government agencies who will provide you with the knowledge and awareness of all the market opportunities that are currently available. Delegates will also have the opportunity to take part in an evening networking event and visit the 3-day GESS Exhibition where they will be able to meet owners of organisations and procurement staff for schools etc by organising 1-1 meetings in advance as well as have the opportunity to sell their product/service at the show, or organise further relevant meetings. GESS Exhibition will also expose delegates to 550+ brands exhibiting the latest and most innovative educational products and solutions.

About the Mission:

  • This Mission will be led by Jackie Jones and Sarah Bellairs of TiEGr who have a wealth of experience in this sector and with their experience working in the Middle East, they are well connected and well positioned to assist you in exporting into this market.

Who is this Mission for?

  • This Mission is open to those involved in the education services sector which includes early-years, secondary and tertiary education as well as providers of extra-curricular activities interested in exporting goods and services related to teaching, training, consultancy, educational supplies to baby yoga, gym, music and other educational programmes.
  • Both new and experienced exporters are encouraged to join.

Benefits of the Mission:

  • You will have the opportunity to take part in group meetings with the British Embassy, the British Council, the British Centres for Business, training providers, schools and nurseries.  
  • The GESS Exhibition presents you with the opportunity to listen to industry leaders speak, promote your goods/services and to take part in hands-on workshops.
  • You can take advantage of an optional negotiated travel package, or make your own arrangements and meet the main delegation in Dubai.

Key Dates:

  • Final Application Deadline: 17th January 2019
  • Early Bird Discount Available Until: 7th December 2018

Market Information

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was recently quoted as saying ‘Priority is education, second priority is education and third priority is education’. His remarks reflect the government’s continued commitment towards spending 17% of the federal budget towards education (UK = 11%) and introducing ‘Education 2020’, a strategy designed to generate significant qualitative improvement in the education system over a series of five-year plans.

Education in the UAE is a rapidly growing market and is predicted to grow from a $4.4 billion market in 2018 to a $7.1 billion market in 2023. This has led to a competitive education system of which 90% of the schools in Dubai are privately run applying both modern teaching practices and digital approaches towards educating students.

Opportunities are widespread but more so in the early-years sector which has shown a growth rate of 18% each year since 2010. Currently there are 263 registered early learning centres in Dubai but with demographic trends showing students under the age of 5 comprising of 80% of the total children population in Dubai, this suggests that up to 74,500 places and up to 50 new private schools will be required by 2020.