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MBA Courses & Masters Degrees in Dubai

Established in 2006, the Middle East Centre is the largest and fastest growing centre in Alliance Manchester Business School's overseas network.


Est. 2006

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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 The University of Manchester's largest overseas centre. The Middle East Centre attracts the best talent from across the UAE and Middle East to study a growing range of master's degrees and executive courses.

Fast facts

  • Located in Dubai Knowledge Park – Dubai's premier destination for professional development and training
  • The Centre is continually 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 launched the first MSc from the wider University – MSc Reliability Engineering & Asset Management
  • Centre Director Randa Bessiso was named one of the Middle East's most influential women by Forbes Magazine in 2018. Ms Bessiso was also recognised in Forbes' list of the Middle East's Most Influential Women list from 2014-17.
  • The Centre was the first global centre to hold its own graduations and has now held six ceremonies

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Middle East Centre: AMBS programmes

Two-year part-time blended learning MBA for executives from across the UAE and Gulf countries. Includes workshop residencies for core courses at our Middle East centre; for elective courses you can travel to any global centre. We offer an accelerated 18-month programme for finance professionals. Discover more about the Global MBA >>

An 18-month accelerated pathway of the Global MBA for some of our most senior MBA candidates. Candidates attend four core workshop residentials as a cohort in Manchester, Dubai and Hong Kong, then choose electives with workshops at any of our global centres. Discover more about the Global Executive MBA >>

Two-year part-time Masters degree. Delivered online with four face-to-face workshops at our Dubai centre. Discover more about the MSc Financial Management >>


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

Your choices

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:

  • ACCA
  • Barclays Bank
  • CIPD
  • 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
  • Sanofi-Aventis

Three-day intensive workshops for full-time MBA candidates (travelling from Manchester) and part-time MBA candidates (travelling from any of our global centres). Discover more:

The Manchester Full-time MBA >>

The Manchester Global MBA >>

The Manchester Global Executive MBA >>



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

Mark Graham
Mark Graham Managing Director – Middle East, North Africa & Pakistan, Mace Macro
Jyothika Shetty
Jyothika Shetty Executive Director, Venture General Contracting LLC, UAE
Faisal Al-Saeed
Faisal Al Saeed President, Geo & Logic GIS Solutions LLC, UAE
Ahmed Qasem
Ahmad Qasem Managing Director, Chemi-Link Corporation, UAE & Iraq
Gregory Zoughbi
Gregory Zoughbi Head of Business Development, Harris Corporation, UAE
Zahi Chaar
Zahi Chaar Sales Business Manager, General Motors Middle East
Ribha Aserkar
Ribha Aserkar Product Manager (MENA) - Forcepoint, Arrow ECS Middle East
Mohammed Tawfik
Mohammed Tawfik Brand Manager, Toyota Saudi Arabia
Richard Barry
Richard Barry CEO, Sappaya, UAE & Philippines
Tarek Metwally
Tarek Metwally Managing Director, Digital Cloud, Saudi Arabia