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Qatar has the highest number of international schools among MENA nations

A report by ISC Research for GESS Dubai shows that English-medium international school enrollment in Qatar is rising at a compound annual growth rate of 20 per cent over a six-year period.

Over the course of six years, from 2015 to 2021, The International Schools Market in MENA Region monitored the expansion of English-medium international schools in the Middle East. The number of international schools in the area has risen from 1,885 six years ago to 2,264 now, with Qatar alone having 207.

โ€œThe continuing growth of the international schoolsโ€™ market in MENA is a good sign that the education sector overall is showing resiliency, despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Looking ahead, we believe growth remains on the agenda, as this region will continue experience population increase as well as economic development, factors that will provide the impetus for the expansion of the education market moving forward,โ€ said Matt Thompson, Project Director, Tarsus, organisers of GESS Dubai, scheduled on November 14-16, 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Center (Zabeel Halls 4 to 6).

In addition, ISC Research is a reliable source of information and insight on changes, trends, and shifts in the independent English-medium international K-12 school sector. On top of that, ISC Research found that from 2015 to 2021, MENA international schools will have double-digit growth in numerous key metrics, including student enrollment and teaching staff.

Diane Glass, Commercial Director and Nalini Cook, Head of Research-EMEA of ISC Research, George DeBakey, President of DeBakey International, Jim Stearns, Deputy Principal of Victoria International School of Sharjah, and Steve Whitley, Founder of EdTech Consulting, presented the report at a webinar hosted by GESS Dubai.

When most schools return to face-to-face learning or hybrid learning, the MENA education sector will have a blueprint for success. There were also discussions on how education vendors from across the world might get into the burgeoning Middle Eastern market for International schools.

GESS Dubai has been a focal point for education in the Middle East and abroad for 14 years, organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. There are items and solutions on display that may be used by educators in modern classrooms to improve student learning. GESS Dubai is a full event for the education business, with a substantial conference programme and an awards ceremony in addition to the expo.

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