|Destination||Dubai and Abu Dhabi|
|Eligibility||Open to 2nd and 3rd year full-time and part-time MBA students. No application required to register for AY 2016-17|
Fall 2016: 1 credit of tuition + $2500 Program Fee
Spring 2017: 3 credits of tuition + Education Abroad Fee ($250) + Mandatory International Health Insurance Fee ($39, estimated)
*Not included: international airfare, visa processing if applicable, most meals, personal expenses.
|Registration instructions||March 2016: Register for MBA Global Business Courses when registering for Fall 2016 courses.|
|Add/drop deadlines||Final course drop date is Friday, September 9, 2016.|
|Credit structure||1 credit earned during Fall semester + 3 credits earned during Spring semester. Total credits earned = 4 credits.|
|Dates on campus||Sunday, November 6, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017
|Dates abroad||January 6 (arrive Dubai) - January 14 (depart Dubai), 2017|
|Questions?||Contact the Office of Global Initiatives, email@example.com|
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 an example. While significant stocks of oil give the region economic power, several countries have diversified their economies into services, including banking, finance, trade, tourism, and logistics. UAE has a highly developed economy and suffering, perhaps disproportionately, during the 2008/2009 world economy, the country was able to bounce back. 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 address management of projects of major size, which have become associated with the UAE in general and Dubai in particular, such as: Burj Khalifa (the world tallest building), The Palm Islands, and Masdar City.
Applied learning component
An important component of the course is a group assignment, where each team (of 3 students) will research a particular economic sector/industry in the UAE, and propose an investment venture. The project report and presentation should be in the form of a proposal or mini-business plan, intended to capture the attention of venture capitalists, for whom you are pitching your project for funding. The presentations will be evaluated and the business plan will be critiqued by a venture capitalist with extensive experience in the Middle East.
Skills and knowledge gained
The course aims to:
- Prepare students for an increasingly internationally focused workplace.
- Provide hands-on experience of conditions affecting industry and country advancement.
- Put a framework in place for evaluating threats and opportunities present in a country.
- Build cross-cultural competency skills and an initial understanding of some basic language/vocabulary.
- Expose students to the diverse cultures of the Middle East.
- Provide students with a business compass to navigate business opportunities and challenges in the Middle East in general, and the UAE in particular.
- Enable students to expand their network of professional contacts in the government and private sector, which can help them further their careers and introduce new opportunities to US enterprises.
A city tour of Dubai will include: a photo stop at Burj Al-Arab, a venture into the traditional old quarter Al Bastakiya District, the Deira Spice Souk, Jumeirah Mosque, and ascending Burj Khalifa.
The city tour of Abu Dhabi will include the Emirate Palace Hotel, the Abu Dhabi Corniche and the Shekh Zayed Mosque.