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MBA in Middle East

Why you should consider an MBA in the Middle East?

Getting your MBA in the Middle East is investing in your business skills.

The Middle East links Europe, Asia, and Africa together – making it a fascinating cultural crossroads.

Some of the world’s earliest civilizations emerged here and so it is a region rich in history.

The universities in the Middle East – particularly in the Gulf region – are extremely well-funded institutions with modern facilities.

Some Middle Eastern countries have an expat population of over 50%, making them a naturally welcoming place for international students.

The low or non-existent taxes found in some countries make it an attractive option financially.

The Middle East is home to some of the oldest civilizations on Earth, known for its vast reserves of crude oil and subsequent reliance on oil exports. However, several economies in the Middle East have since diversified into a wide range of sectors. The United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia have undergone huge modernization in recent years, opening up to the world as they target tourism to boost their economies. A combination of consistent economic growth and young populations is leading to increased spending on higher education throughout the region.

There is a growing number of accredited MBAs in the Middle East offered by both local and international business schools. The programs at the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business in Lebanon and the American University in Dubai were both featured in the QS Global MBA Rankings 2021, while business schools including HEC Paris, INSEAD, and Hult International Business School have all decided to set up satellite campuses in the region. With the economy expanding to cater to the huge numbers of young people set to enter the job market in the coming years, now might be the perfect time to make your mark with an MBA in the Middle East.

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How much will it cost to live and study in the Middle East?

The international business schools with a satellite campus here are likely to be the most expensive, with the INSEAD MBA priced at €89,000. However, at one of the top-ranked local business schools in the region, the American University of Sharjah, MBA tuition costs €35,000. You’ll find that many local schools are likely to charge less.

How reputable are the business schools in the Middle East?

Growing investment into higher education in the Middle East means local business schools are starting to make their mark globally. The MBA programs at the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business in Lebanon and the American University in Dubai both appeared in the QS Global MBA Rankings 2021. The region is also emerging as a popular satellite campus location for global business schools including HEC Paris, INSEAD, and Hult International Business School.

What is the status of the economy?

The countries in the Middle East vary massively, from countries with severely undeveloped economies (Yemen, Gaza, Syria) to some of the wealthiest per capita in the world (UAE, Qatar, Kuwait). The latter set of countries have seen rapid economic growth in recent decades, though the largest economies in the region remain those of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. 

Are there a lot of international students in the Middle East?

There are over 125,000 international students in Turkey, which hosts the most international students in the Middle East. The UAE hosts the next most, with more than 77,000. Saudi Arabia is also home to more than 70,000 international students.

Which languages are spoken in the Middle East?

The five most spoken languages in the Middle East are Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Kurdish, and Hebrew. English is commonly taught as a second language in various Middle Eastern countries as well as being the main language in some parts of the United Arab Emirates.