Doing Business in the Middle East: Mega-Project Management
One-credit fall term BUSI788M; Two-credit winter term BUSI798M; One-credit spring term BUSI788Z
|Cities||Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Faculty||Dr. Hassan Ibrahim|
10-11 days abroad in January
Departing US Jan 2 to arrive Jan 3, depart back for US Jan 11
|Program Fee||New! To encourage the global citizenry of our students, the program fee is now covered by tuition.|
|Additional Costs||There is an additional $250 fee to the Education Abroad Office. No visa is required for U.S. citizens. Students of other nationalities should check the consular office for visa information and requirements.|
|Pre-departure Meetings||Class meetings: Nov 17th 12pm - 5pm, 1505 Van Munching Hall; Embassy visit TBD; Dec 8th 12pm - 5pm, 1505 Van Munching Hall.You must complete the entire set of activities; students are not permitted to take modules as stand-alone classes.|
|Registration||Register on Testudo for fall BUSI788M section BA01 at the same time as your other fall courses. You will automatically be registered for the other two associated modules.|
The Smith School is committed to growing global citizens, and working with our centers to promote student understanding of center research and knowledge.
The history of the Middle East dates back to thousands of years, and throughout its history the region has been a major center of world affairs and business. In modern times, the Middle East remains a strategic region for world business and a critical player in international relations. The course aims to provide students with a good understanding of doing business in the Middle East, using the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a working lab.
While significant stocks of oil give the region economic power, several countries have diversified their economies into services, including banking, finance, trade, and transportation and logistics. UAE has a highly developed economy but has suffered, perhaps disproportionately, as the six year boom came to an abrupt halt in the 2008/9 world economy. The course will provide a window into how a country copes with change, and the opportunities, and challenges in the Arab world at a time when such understanding is increasingly vital. In addition to providing a general understanding of doing business in the Middle East, the course will focus on management of projects of major size, which are Dubai's trade mark, such as: Dubai International Finance Center, Dubai Ports World (with a tour of Jebel Ali Free Zone terminal), Burj Khalifa (the world tallest building), The Palm Islands, Abu Dhabi Investments Authority (Abu Dhabi sovereign fund), Tourism Development & Investment Company, Etihad Rail, Masdar Institute/City, and Advanced Technology Investment Company.
In-country transportation is expected to be included in tuition.
UMD's regular withdrawal and refund schedule applies for the one-credit BUSI788. While the BUSi798 program fee will be supported by tuition starting AY14, students dropping the course series after October 15 (when we make financial commitments abroad) will be charged $2500, the program fee equivalent.
Do not purchase airfare until course is confirmed. Students are advised by UMD Education Abroad to purchase refundable airline tickets. Students are advised by UMD Education Abroad to purchase refundable airline tickets in case of unforeseen circumstances.
Not included: International airfare, personal expenses, most meals. Students are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own visa and/or entry fee where applicable.
The time abroad IS the class and any instances of: being late and therefore delaying the group, noise in hotel hallways, damage to hotel rooms, hung-over behavior, sleeping during meetings or public displays of affection will be frowned upon as it would for any business traveler on meetings or conferences abroad. You are expected to incorporate professionalism while abroad, and professionalism is part of your total grade. It is our intent to develop world citizens and savvy business travelers, and the courses abroad should be undertaken as serious academic endeavors.
Program fee is supported for one BUSi788/798 course series abroad. You are welcome and encouraged to participate in more than one BUSI788/798 abroad during your time at Smith, but a program fee will apply to the second series.