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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 105 nationalities


Regional Alumni that are supported by the Middle East Centre

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

  • Opened in Dubai Knowledge Village in 2006  - Dubai’s premier destination for professional development and training
  • Offers Part-time masters programmes and short business courses for working professional in the Middle East region.
  • 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 University of Manchester’s Middle East Centre is the largest and fastest growing in the University’s international network
  • The Centre has supported over 3,400 Manchester Global Part-time master’s students in the region, and graduated over 2,300 students since 2006
  • The centre supports a regional alumni network of over 5000 who are regularly engaged through the centre’s events, and programmes
  • The Centre also works in regional collaborations with a range of industry groups, professional bodies and companies. 

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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
  • Cigna
  • CIM
  • CIMA
  • CIPD
  • Dell Technologies
  • Dubai Women Business Council
  • Emirates NBD Group
  • ESAAD  - Dubai Police
  • General Motors Middle East
  • Hilti
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • Johnson Controls
  • Kincentric
  • Nissan Middle East
  • RSM Kuwait
  • SAJA Pharmaceuticals
  • Saudi German Hospital
  • Trane Technologies

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 >>

If you’re a teacher or an educator looking to move into a leadership role within an education organisation, this course is for you. It will give you vital knowledge and skills to take your career to the next level, empowering you to lead with confidence and have a real impact. Discover more about the Educational Leadership in Practice MA >>

Middle East Centre success

Alanoud Alhashmi
Alanoud Alhashmi CEO and Founder, The Futurist Company
Tim Shelton
Tim Shelton Global Product Owner, Arcadis
Roshel Jayasundera
Roshel Jayasundera Managing Partner, Axios International
mohannad Alkalash
Mohannad Alkalash Regional Sales Director, Cisco
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