Mega-Project Management in the Middle East

United Arab Emirates Collage


Course closed for 2015. 2016 global business courses will be announced in Spring 2015.

This global business course is only open to 2nd and 3rd year MBA students.

Mega-Project Management in the Middle East

For the Academic Year 2014-15, the BUSI798 series will be four credits total (1 credit in the fall, 3 in the spring) starting with the one credit fall BUSI788 course.

Students in the fall BUSI788 one-credit course will automatically be registered for the spring BUSI798 module.


Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Dr. Hassan Ibrahim

Important Dates

Course dates:

  • Nov 9, VMH 1520, 12-7 p.m.
  • Dec 7, VMH 1511, 12-7 p.m.
  • Feb 8, VMH 1511, 12-7 p.m.
  • Feb 22, VMH 1511, 12-7 p.m.

Depart January 1 (arrive in UAE the 2nd); Return January 10 (arrive in US the 10th).

Program Fee and Dean's Global Scholarship

The $2,250 program fee covers shared hotel room, some meals, cost of any scheduled cultural activities, professor and partner costs. Not included: international airfare, personal expenses, and most meals.

The $1,000 Dean's Global Scholarship is available to eligible full-time and part-time MBA students who are participating on a UMD program abroad in 2014-15. Only students who have not studied abroad previously on a UMD program are eligible for this $1,000 scholarship. There is no application form required for the scholarship. Instead, it will be automatically applied to your student account after our office has verified in our records that this your first time studying abroad with UMD.

Additional Costs

There is an additional $250 to the Education Abroad Office as well as a $39 fee for the mandatory insurance. No visa is required for U.S. citizens. Students of other nationalities should check the consular office for visa information and requirements. 

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 module(s).

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 with potential visits such as: Dubai International Finance Center, Dubai Ports World, 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 to Abu Dhabi is included in program fee.
  • UMD's regular withdrawal and refund schedule applies for the one-credit BUSI788. Students dropping the course series after October 15 (when we make financial commitments abroad) will be charged 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 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.
  • Students are welcome and encouraged to participate in more than one BUSI788/798 abroad during your time at Smith; up to two course series can apply towards the MBA degree.