Education and Training Exhibition, which will be held from 24 to 27
April 2001 at the Dubai World Trade Center, is expected to attract a
large number of Human Resource Managers and Senior Executives from GCC
Ministries of Education.
year several visitors from educational authorities around the Gulf
visited the 4-day event. The show represents an annual opportunity for
those senior executives to explore new educational programs and sign
partnership deals with a selected number of international institutes,”
said David Domoney, Managing Director, International Conferences &
Exhibitions, organizers of the show.
GCC governments have over the last few decades demonstrated substantial
commitments to the educational sector. For instance, the government of
Saudi Arabia allocated
US$ 14.21 billion (SR 53.3 billion) for education and manpower
training for the year 2001, an
percent increase over year 2000's budget. Last year, the amount
allocated for education was nearly 25 per cent of the total Saudi budget
totaling up to US$ 13.17 billion (SR 49.4 billion).
In 1970 the number of Secondary schools in Saudi Arabia was only 50, and
the Saudi universities and colleges had nearly 7,000 students enrolled.
Today, thirty years later, there are over 800 secondary schools in Saudi
Arabia and nearly 200,000 students enrolled in Saudi universities and
emphasis is given on both men and women's education in the Kingdom. For
instance, out of the nearly 5 million students enrolled in Saudi schools
for the academic year 1999-2000, about half were female.
There are currently over
4,000 intermediate schools and close to 2,000 high schools, with a ratio
of 15 students to every teacher, one of the lowest ratios in the world.
The educational standards in Saudi Arabia continue to improve, with the
literacy rates reaching 90.9 percent for men and 70.2 percent for women.
There are nearly 1,500 adult education centers for male students and
2000 for women.
part of its efforts to make education available to students residing
abroad, some GCC countries have established educational institutions
throughout the world especially in the United States, Britain and
Many Saudi students who graduated from universities in the GCC, opt to
complement their studies by pursuing graduate and postgraduate degrees
in their specialty fields abroad and the government also supports many
of these choices by offering scholarships to hundreds of students each
Exhibition will be opened daily from 1000 - 1300h and 1700 - 2100h at
Halls 5a & 5 at the Dubai World Trade Center and admission is
more information contact:
Tawfik, PR Account Executive
Planet PR & Marketing Communications
+971-4-3988901, Fax: +971-4-3988941, Dubai, UAE
Conferences & Exhibitions Ltd, Head Office:
+44 (0) 1442 878222, Fax: +44 (0) 1442 879998
International Conferences & Exhibitions Ltd, Gulf Office:
971 (4) 3460503, Fax: 971 (4) 3460498