UAE Revealed as the Number One Choice for UK Exporters


Special to TAG Educa News Agency 

LONDON - According to BESA’s latest research, the UAE has overtaken the USA and Saudi Arabia as the country that UK companies are most interested in exporting to. The findings come as 83 UK education suppliers have confirmed to exhibit at the influential GESS Dubai 2019, announced by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA).

GESS Dubai is the leading education conference and exhibition in the MENA region, with visitors expected from 92 countries and over 550 brands representing local and international education suppliers.

The export market, especially within the MENA region, continues to increase in importance and be a major focus for UK companies.

The 2019 UK pavilion is the largest by country and will feature the latest British educational resources and services ranging from learning platforms, assessment software, STEAM resources to furniture, school uniforms, EdTech and general education resources.

Caroline Wright, Director General of BESA, said: “Governments, policy-makers and decision-takers in the Middle East increasingly look to the GESS Dubai education exhibition as the place to meet and discuss the latest trends, topics and issues in education in the region.

“UK suppliers offer quality resources and services that can help address the key challenges and opportunities facing schools in the GCC area. 

“BESA looks forward to meeting all those attending the 12th edition of the show in Dubai from 26 to 28 February.”

BESA will be exhibiting on stand Q10. 

BESA, the British Educational Suppliers Association, is the only trade association covering the entirety of the UK educational suppliers sector. It has an 85-year heritage serving the sector, and represents over 400 suppliers, including manufacturers and distributors of equipment, materials, books, consumables, furniture, technology, ICT hardware and digital-content related services to the education market. Combined, they generate approximately £2.2 billion of revenue each year.

BESA is dedicated to showcasing the world-leading educational products and services provided by British educational suppliers, and providing support and advice to its members, the industry and to schools looking for the best resources and services.

It founded the BETT show in 1985, the largest EdTech exhibition in the world, GESS Dubai (previously known as BES Dubai) in 2007 and the Education World Forum in 2011.

Working closely with the Department for Trade, BESA helps take over two hundred companies overseas every year to a wide range of important export markets, from the US to Malaysia and China, providing intelligence briefings, logistical support and often substantial bursaries.

BESA has a Code of Practice to which all members must adhere, along with a stringent membership process, both of which assure buyers of a high standard of quality in both product and customer service.

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