Middle East Centre, Dubai
Established in 2006, the Middle East Centre is the largest and fastest growing centre in Alliance Manchester Business School's overseas network.
Blended-learning programmes and short courses
Students representing 27 nationalities
Middle East Centre alumni
Dubai is a multicultural business hub with ambitious investment in creativity and innovation – the perfect location for Alliance MBS' largest overseas centre. The Middle East Centre attracts the best talent from across the UAE and Gulf to study a growing range of executive programmes.
- Located in Dubai Knowledge Village – Dubai's premier destination for professional development and training
- The Centre is developing its business education portfolio and recently rolled out a series of new Executive Education short courses, as well as its first industry-led MSc in International Healthcare Leadership
- A pioneer in The University of Manchester's expansion, the Centre has also launched the first MSc from the wider University – MSc Reliability Engineering & Asset Management
- Centre Director Randa Bessiso was named one of the '200 most powerful Arab women' by Forbes Magazine
- The first (and only) global centre to hold its own graduation ceremonies
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Middle East Centre: AMBS programmes
Global Part-time MBA
MSc International Healthcare Leadership
Executive Education open programmes
Two-day Executive Education programmes for senior managers and executives. Each programme is filled with workshops and team-building activities to bring out the best of the best leader in you. Currently recruiting:
Leading & Managing High-Performing Multinational Teams >>
Strategic Talent Partnerships
Partner with us to access over 50 years of experience and expertise that spans multiple sectors. We collaborate closely with our partners to develop and implement bespoke packages to suit individual requirements. Our experts can help you:
- Develop employees that think differently
- Recruit the brightest talent
- Address a specific business challenge
- Transform working practices
- Motivate employees
- Boost performance
From courses to consultancy, we offer a range of programmes and services which can be tailored to meet your needs. Click an option below to explore and find out more:
- Executive Education open programmes: Short courses for executives that develop skills in a specific area, such as leadership or strategy.
- Executive Education customised programmes: Tailored training solutions, co-created with clients, which draw on relevant expertise from across the School and the wider University to address specific organisational development requirements.
- Sponsored MBA: Sponsor individual employees on our Global Part-time MBA programme.
- Customised MBA: Design a corporate MBA for a closed cohort of employees.
- Postgraduate Careers Service: Recruit the brightest business graduates from our MSc and MBA programmes for a full-time role or internship.
- MBA consultancy projects: Hire an international group of Full-time MBA students as external consultants to solve a live business challenge.
- Sponsorship and partnerships: Associate your brand with a prestigious business school by sponsoring one of our corporate events or a student competition.
Middle East Strategic Talent Partners
We work with companies of all sizes and across all industries. Our current includes:
- ARABIAN AIRCONDITIONING CO LTD (Carrier Saudi Arabia)
- Barclays Bank
- General Motors
- Hilti Emirates LLC
- Institute of Management Accoutants
- Nokia Solution and Networks - KSA
- Parsons Brinckerhoff
- Philips Healthcare
- PMI - Project Management Institute Khaleeji FZ LLC (UAE) Chapter
Full-time MBA Dubai Study Tour
One-week study tour for our Full-time MBA candidates who travel from Manchester to attend a three-day workshop on international business alongside more experienced Global MBA candidates. The study tour also includes company visits and networking opportunities. Discover more about the Manchester Full-time MBA >>
Middle East Centre success stories
Mark Graham, Managing Director – Middle East, North Africa & Pakistan, Mace Macro
Global MBA 2016
"At the time I started the Manchester MBA, my wife and I were expanding our family to three children. I realised that there would never be a perfect time to further my education, so the time was ‘now’. Expanding my professional network through the MBA has positively impacted my personal life as I have made many new friends and connections after studying in Manchester, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai.
"Since completing my MBA, I have been promoted to Managing Director - MENAP. This has not only involved utilising strategy and skills learned from the MBA programme; I have also have hired and collaborated with people I met and worked with on the programme.
"Working with a wide range of people from many different countries and cultures has been immensely rewarding. This is such a culturally-rich region and this was very much reflected at the school. It is incredibly important to have a supportive family around you when you pursue an MBA, since I had to lock myself away in a room to study or write essays on many occasions. Luckily my wife was writing a book at the time so we would take turns watching the children on the weekends. It was all about teamwork and it strengthened our marriage.
"Knowledge, networking and friendship sum up my MBA experience."
Jyothika Shetty, Executive Director, Venture General Contracting LLC, UAE
Global MBA 2017
“I am an entrepreneur by profession with over a decade of corporate banking experience – and a mother of three children. I completed my Manchester MBA through the Global pathway in June 2017 and my experience can be summarised as a world of possibilities, a journey of self-discovery and life-changing. I do not measure my success after the MBA by a career switch alone, but the fact that this degree programme has brought me renewed confidence and a complete shift in my personality; this in itself is a great success for me. The MBA has been the best decision of my life as it has taught me ways to perceive opportunities in business and also to make them work.”
Faisal Al Saeed, President, Geo & Logic GIS Solutions LLC, UAE
Global MBA 2015
“Today, any business model can quickly become disrupted and without the necessary tools and knowledge, it can be difficult to predict and set a path towards success. The Manchester MBA programme enabled me to undergo a complete business transformation starting from enrolment in the very first class back in 2012. Over time, this has helped me to gather multiple practical tools and business theories that have allowed me to transform my business in a systematic manner. This year, we are celebrating our 12th anniversary and just by allowing myself to better understand and communicate with management teams, we are more effective than ever in reaching our strategic goals."
Ahmad Qasem, Managing Director, Chemi-Link Corporation, UAE & Iraq
Global MBA 2015
"I started the Manchester MBA in 2009 with a little hesitation and uncertainty about financing my studies, going back to being a student and my ability to manage my time. Meeting the high-calibre fellow students definitely gave me a push and the belief that yes, it is possible for me to complete the MBA.
"During my MBA programme, I decided to start my own business, so time became a really big constraint as the new journey started. I decided to study two topics per semester and so it took me five years to complete my MBA. Meanwhile, I founded my company in 2012, with a new team of 20 people and a new entity was established with offices in the UAE and Iraq. Today, we have almost 60 people working for us including 15 engineers from different disciplines coming daily to serve our Oil & Gas clients.
"I would say that the MBA helps you structure what you are doing in a more organised manner and helps you think about the different components of business in different ways. What I really enjoyed was meeting bright people from various industries and different countries; they enrich your personal and business experience through their different thinking. The Manchester MBA is a glorious experience that develops your knowledge and relationships beyond the business world!"
Gregory Zoughbi, Head of Business Development, Harris Corporation, UAE
Global MBA 2014
“The Manchester MBA stretched my mind in new ways that helped me grow both personally and professionally. It taught me to think and make decisions in a multi-dimensional manner that utilises a mix of quantitative and qualitative techniques. It enabled me to secure my next career assignment, which was a transition from technical consulting to business development, one month before completing my MBA studies.
"Over the following four years, I have used the MBA-taught skills to work across global business systems in North America and Europe, to secure major multi-hundred million dollar contracts in the UAE, which have directly affected my publicly listed employer’s earnings. I was also appointed as the chairman of two boards of directors for other organisations. The best part of it all was that I went through the Manchester MBA with my wife and lifelong partner, so we were able to grow together professionally and personally as a couple."
Zahi Chaar, Sales Business Manager, General Motors Middle East
Global MBA 2015
“The MBA not only helped me change my job, it changed my life! It gave me the opportunity to advance my career by moving to a leading multinational company as the Sales Business Manager for the MENA region. The MBA programme broadened my business thinking; my business decisions are not only based on a sales perspective, but they integrate finance, accounting, marketing, operations and much more.
"I never imagined that during my ‘Business Simulation’ course, the twelve business decisions that my colleagues and I had to take (and then analyse their financial consequences) would become my real job after the MBA.
"In fact, I am who I am despite the struggles that I faced on the MBA programme and because of the challenges that I faced and overcame through the programme.
"If I wanted to summarise the MBA in 3 words, I would say: ambition, dedication and commitment.”
Ribha Aserkar, Product Manager (MENA) - Forcepoint, Arrow ECS Middle East
Global MBA 2017
“I went through a 180-degree change in my life while studying for my Manchester MBA degree. The idea of pursuing an MBA was deeply embedded in me by my mother for many years and this was finally realized in 2014, enriching my personal and professional life deeply.
"The MBA programme developed my professional thinking and perspective while simultaneously empowering me with the knowledge to participate in discussions and giving me the confidence I needed. My MBA experience was empowering, enriching and inspirational!"
Mohammed Tawfik, Brand Manager, Toyota Saudi Arabia
Global MBA 2016
“An MBA is a lifestyle, not just an advanced step ahead!
"I decided to join the Manchester MBA programme to advance my professional career, in July 2012. At the same time, I joined a multinational company’s marketing function as ‘Brand Manager’. My direct manager at that time encouraged me to create a new arena for impact and influence, to share and scale the MBA knowledge and my skills more broadly across the team and my personal and professional lifestyle.
"To achieve this transformation, I focused on taking these key approaches to the next level: 'Be who you want to be'; 'Create the
experiences you want to create'; 'Give your best where you have your best to give', and 'Do not lose sight of your personal values
under any circumstances'.
"Today; I’m heading the strategic marketing team as well as contributing to several business advisory projects and I participate in business consultation for different startups.
"In a nutshell, I was able to create a culture of work-life balance, where I contributed holistically to people in my circle, in areas of mind, body, emotions, career, financial, relationships and fun."
Richard Barry, CEO, Sappaya, UAE & Philippines
Global MBA 2017
“I started the MBA to put a ‘tick in a box’, to gain the credentials required for my career and to show that my experience is backed up by a validating certificate and qualification. Along the journey, a change occurred; I became driven to challenge the faculty teaching us and what they were teaching, allowing me to understand and learn the subject’s practical application rather than just the theory. Whilst I have ‘ticked that box’, the personal metamorphosis – which will hopefully lead to a professional one – has been an unexpected achievement.
"Three words to describe the experience: application; frustration; negotiation."
Tarek Metwally, Managing Director, Digital Cloud, Saudi Arabia
Global MBA 2016
“I am a father of a five-year-old son, Omar, and my family is my compass and my orbit.
I have built and helped in building many successful start-ups and businesses with key responsibilities for driving growth and profitability. Most significantly, I am the former head of Digital at Toyota Saudi Arabia and currently, I am Partner and Managing Director at Digital Cloud, which is one of the leading digital agencies in the GCC.
"My MBA experience has been challenging but has given me the illumination and confidence I need! I was able to utilise my learning from the MBA and apply it to my work. I lalso founded “ME Sport”, a startup that focuses on digital sports solutions and the integration between traditional sports marketing activities and the use of digital marketing tools.
"I don’t look for great achievements; but rather for the smiles that make me. I believe that living a happy life would be my greatest achievement."
Middle East Centre news
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Alliance Manchester Business School and Kelley School of Business join forces to offer a new joint MBA programme in the region
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The Middle East Centre hosted a special celebratory breakfast networking event in Dubai to mark the 50th anniversary of the school, in the presence of the Head of School, Professor Fiona Devine.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Alliance Manchester Business School’s Middle East Centre in Dubai has been recognised for its outstanding continuing professional development work by the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) – the global body for professional accountants.
"We are in an amazing country and a city where history is being made. Business education is key to developing knowledge economies; we support the development and retention of talent and help attract talented business professionals to the region."