GEMS Awareness Day 2017

GEMS Education welcomes over 1,300 new teachers to the GEMS community and invites you to experience an informative, exciting and engaging teacher’s induction.

9th September 2017, 7.30am to 2.30pm at Atlantis, The Palm.

We look forward to welcoming more than 1,300 new school teachers, coming from all corners of the world, to GEMS Education and the broader Varkey Group organisation.

GEMS Awareness Day 2017 is an opportunity for the Varkey family, Corporate Directors, Principals of GEMS Schools and TELLAL Institute to warmly welcome you and all new teaching staff to the GEMS family. This year’s will be one of our largest and exciting GEMS Awareness Day events to date.

Attendance is mandatory for all new GEMS teachers, as this is forms an important part of your teacher induction.

GAD 2017 Agenda

In the opening address, you will enjoy a series of presentations introducing you to the GEMS-wide network corporate initiatives.

Following this, there will be a series of sessions focusing on: UAE Culture and the Arabic Language; Wellbeing; Inclusion; Innovation. We have a wide range of presenters from different fields chosen for their insight into teaching, culture and life in the UAE, who can help you get your GEMS teaching career off to the very best start.

View the GAD 2017 agenda

Meet the presenters

GAD 2017 App

In order for you to get the most out of your GAD experience, we’ve provided a handy little app to help you plan your day. Download the app to watch videos from each of the presenters and plan which sessions you’d like to attend. Seats for some sessions are very limited and will be first-come-first-served. Use the app to plan your day and arrive early to your sessions to secure your spot!

Download the app from iTunes

Download the app from Google Play Store

Welcome to GEMS…

As GEMS Awareness Day approaches, we extend a warm welcome to all new teachers from across the GEMS organisation…

Welcome to the GEMS family… Dino Varkey, Chief Executive Officer of GEMS Middle East, North Africa and Asia

You’ve just made the best career decision… Chris Stone Chief Education Officer GEMS MENASA

Great Education is about Great Teachers… Tony Little, Chief Academic Officer GEMS Global

Welcome to the IRD Zone…  Mick Gernon, GEMS Education SVP and Head of IRD


Meet our new teachers…

We’ve been following the journeys of two new GEMS teachers as they pack up their lives, hopes and dreams and head for the UAE’s shore to embark on their new GEMS teaching posts…

Watch Aaron’s Story

Watch Angela’s Story

Meet our sponsors and set yourself up for life in the UAE…

You’ll also have the opportunity to visit stands from a range of UAE services including banks and wealth management, buying or renting a car, higher education, entertainment and leisure activities, and supporting publications.

Browse our sponsors

Highlights of GAD 2016

Want to get a feel for GEMS Awareness Day and see what it’s all about? Watch the highlights from last year.


GEMS Awareness Day 2017 Platinum Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

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