Middle East

International MBA:  Dubai, UAE



Najla Al AwadhiProgram Highlight

Fuqua's Cross Continent MBA students hear from a variety of business leaders during their in-country residencies. During a residency in Dubai, students heard from Her Excellency Najla Al Awadhi, a Member of Parliament of the United Arab Emirates. She spoke about the societal, political, and economic transitions the region has experienced, including business and leadership opportunities and challenges that have resulted. She also addressed the role of women in leadership across the region.

The Fuqua School of Business is deeply committed to the Middle East and North Africa. Our global strategy is to embed and connect in the most important economic regions of the world. This approach allows us to understand this region from a local perspective, while also providing a context for how the Middle East fits into the larger global business landscape. We are learning about the infrastructure, the pertinent issues, key players, and cultural nuances that make this region tick. Even in the virtually connected world, there is no substitute for first-hand experience. By connecting the region to our base in Durham, North Carolina, USA, and all our locations around the world, we are uniquely qualified to train the leaders of a business environment without boundaries.

Fuqua Programs

Every year Fuqua welcomes many students from the Middle East and North Africa to its programs. If you are considering Duke and would like to learn more, please contact us directly or attend one of our information sessions.

MBA Programs

The Duke MBA is an internationally renowned business degree that can be studied in one of four programs, depending on your level of professional experience, your personal and professional goals, and your geographic location.

US-Based MBA Programs

  • Daytime MBA — a traditional, two-year, full-time program that takes place on campus in Durham, North Carolina, and is ideal for candidates with several years of business experience.
  • Weekend Executive MBA — a 19-month, weekend-format program that takes place on campus in Durham, North Carolina, and is ideal for working professionals who live in North America and have at least 5 years of work experience.

Global MBA Programs

No matter where in the world you live and work, working professionals can complete these global programs without interrupting successful careers. You will study in multiple locations across the world, including the first and last terms on the Duke campus in North Carolina.

  • Cross Continent MBA — a 16-month international program for professionals (average age is 30) who will study in 5 different locations across the world.
  • Global Executive MBA — an intensive 15-month international program for senior executives (average age is 39) who will study in 7 global locations.

MMS Programs

Fuqua offers two Master of Management Studies (MMS) programs that are perfect for recent college graduates from the Middle East and North Africa who have little to no professional experience, and wish to obtain a master's level business degree. Each MMS program is full-time and 10-months long.

  • MMS: Foundations of Business — program takes place solely on campus in Durham, North Carolina.
  • MMS: Duke Kunshan University — program starts on campus in Durham, North Carolina, for 3 terms, and then the last 2 terms are spent at Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China.

Executive Education

The Global Leadership Workshop: Bridging Distance & Differences, taught in Dubai, will help you fine tune your leadership message and build strong interpersonal connections with diverse teams. The course is taught by Professor Allan Lind, co-creator of the Duke Leadership Program.

Additionally, Duke University's corporate education arm, Duke Corporate Education (Duke CE), is responsible for all customized executive education requests. Duke CE has a global reputation for excellence spanning economics, international relations, trade, government and law. Duke CE has been ranked No. 1 in the world since 2003 (from the Financial Times).

Other Programs

Fuqua also offers a PhD program and additional non-degree, executive education programs. Visit the main Programs page to learn more.

Alumni in the Region

One of the great benefits of the collaborative and inclusive culture of Duke is that the alumni network is not hampered by degree or school affiliation, but is extended to any graduate of any Duke program. The Middle East and North Africa are home to many Duke alumni with a wide selection of academic and cultural backgrounds who are united by their experience and love of Duke.

Visit Fuqua's alumni website to learn more about the latest club events and activities. Alumni in the region are encouraged to join the Duke Club of the Middle East. Examples of alumni events in the region include faculty seminars, keynotes by global leaders, networking events, and basketball viewings.


Dubai Office

Contact Us: We hope to continue to broaden our partnerships and involvement in the Middle East and North Africa. Please feel free to contact us should you have questions about Fuqua activity in the region or wish to learn more about any of our programs.

DIFC - Centre of Excellence
Gate Village, Building 2, Level 3
PO Box 74777
Dubai, UAE

Telephone: +9.714.401.9342 or +9.714.401.9306
Email: Mideast@fuqua.duke.edu

Blog icon Fuqua in the Middle East Blog

Lana Duke-smLana Dajani
Regional Director, Middle East

Lana Dajani is Regional Director for the Middle East for Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Dajani is responsible for business development, partnerships, and management of programs in residency. She works closely with the admissions, marketing and alumni departments based in North Carolina.

Dajani previously worked as a Regional Manager for Fuqua in the Middle East, and before that as Research Associate within the Business Development division of the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, in Dubai. Her role involved supporting investment projects across various sectors and managing the region's knowledge base and client relationships. She has published a children's book titled My Letter to President Barack Obama, and she is an active volunteer with humanitarian relief organizations.
Dajani graduated with a bachelor's degree in international politics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She also earned a master's degree in international law from Georgetown University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC.

Ivette JacintoIvette Jacinto
Office Manager, Middle East

Ivette Jacinto joined Fuqua's Middle East team in May 2011. Jacinto's primary duties include receptionist and clerical work. In addition, she supports marketing efforts and coordinates logistics for admissions and program events in the region. Jacinto holds a bachelor's of science in accounting.


Corporate Partnerships

We work closely with a variety of organizations and companies from state-owned enterprises to government ministries, private enterprises, and multinational corporations. In doing so, we seek out engaging speakers and insightful mentors for our students.

Middle East Regional Advisory Board

Our Board Members serve as senior advisors to the leadership team at Fuqua and Duke University on matters related to regional operations, the local culture and business environment, as well as our program curriculum. They help us connect with leading firms in the region to establish career opportunities for our graduates. They also assist with our recruitment efforts across the Middle East. Board members are:

Board of Visitors

Fuqua's Board of Visitors advise senior school leadership on all matters related to curriculum, programs, facilities, and operations while promoting better communication and relationships within the business community. One board member hails from the Middle East region:

  • Ahmad Sharaf
    Chairman & Acting CEO, Mercantile Exchange
    CEO, Dutco Energy
    Board Member Since 2008
    Global Executive MBA 2001

DIFC Centre of Excellence  

The Fuqua School of Business, in partnership with the Dubai International Financial Centre of Excellence, established an office in the DIFC Centre of Excellence. Fuqua's Dubai Duke Leadership Workshop and other executive education participants attend classes at the DIFC Centre of Excellence.

Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum Foundation

Fuqua is an official partner of the Mohammad Bin Rashid al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF), a $10 billion endowment from His Highness the Ruler of Dubai to support education, entrepreneurship, and culture across the Arab world. Under the partnership, MBRF provides full scholarships to Arab students who are admitted into Fuqua, and who have a visible commitment to the region.

Ruler of Dubai & UAE Prime Minister, General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sultan Al-Qassemi, chairman of Young Arab Leaders–UAE chapter (both pictured in the front row) at the Young Arab Leaders' summit in Dubai.

Young Arab Leaders (YAL)

Fuqua is partnered with Young Arab Leaders (YAL), a network of Arab men and women who are currently in prominent positions of responsibility and strive for extraordinary achievement. The partnership assists YAL in its mission to tackle unemployment through the pillars of education and entrepreneurship. YAL's education programs help Arab youth meet the ever-changing needs of the job market, while their entrepreneurship programs encourage entrepreneurial thinking among youth and provide much-needed support to burgeoning entrepreneurs.

Pictured: Speakers at a Young Arab Leaders' summit in Dubai, included Ruler of Dubai & UAE Prime Minister, General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sultan Al-Qassemi, chairman of Young Arab Leaders–UAE chapter (both pictured in the front row). The event was sponsored in part by Duke. 

Duke Corporate Education

Duke Corporate Education (Duke CE) is Duke University's corporate education arm. It has been ranked as the world's No. 1 provider of customized executive education programs since 2003 (Financial Times). In 2008, Duke CE teamed with the Dubai Women Establishment to hold a forum on Women Leadership in the UAE, an interactive session highlighting global challenges faced by woman leaders across the globe. Session topics included policy making, research and practices, the future of women in leadership, and the unique role of women in the UAE in fostering economic growth and development. 

Duke CE Clients in the Middle East include:

  • The Emirates Bank Group
  • The Executive Council of Dubai
  • The Jeddah Economic Forum
  • Tatweer

Through an extensive recruiting network, Fuqua alumni work across the globe. Our alumni are currently working in positions at a number of fine organizations within the Middle East. A representative, but not exhaustive, list is below:

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Keross LLC
Abu Dhabi Investment Company Madaen Industrial Co.
Albahar United Co. McKinsey & Company
Asiacell Microsoft
Booz & Company Nakheel Asset Management
Citibank/Citicorp Oliver Wyman
ConocoPhillips PainReform
Cyprus Economy Bank Ltd. Saleh Alroumi Commercial Contracting Co.
ECI Telecom Solidere International
Egon Zehnder International Stephens Capital Partners
Global Securities Strauss Group Ltd.
Gulf Investment Corporation Tarimsal Kimya Teknolojileri A.S.
Gulf Oil Corp. Tatweer Investments
Investcorp Bank Unicorn Investment Bank
Izmir Konak Redevelopment Corporation






Duke University sponsors and participates in conferences across the region. Past conferences have included: Young Arab Leaders Regional Entrepreneurship Summit; World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi; Qatar Museum Authority: Muslim Cosmopolitanism and Arabnet ME in Lebanon. Please contact us if you are interested in having Duke faculty or senior leadership participate in an upcoming conference.

2014 Regional Events

Date Location Event
October 18, 2014 Istanbul, Turkey QS Connect 1-2-1
November 5, 2014 Kuwait City, Kuwait Access MBA
November 7, 2014 Dubai,UAE Access MBA
November 14, 2014 Dubai, UAE QS Connect 1-2-1
November 28, 2014 Dubai, UAE QS Grad Fair
December 1, 2014 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia QS World MBA Tour


Please check our full list of Fuqua Admissions Events for activities in other locations.

Past Events

Date Location Event
Jan 19-21, 2014 Dubai, UAE Global Leadership Workshop
Apr 15-18, 2014 Riydah, Saudia Arabia International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education
May 16, 2014 Dubai, UAE QS Connect 1-2-1 
July 10, 2014 Dubai, UAE Duke Alumni Club of Middle East Ramadan Suhoor
Oct. 11, 2013 Dubai, UAE

Admissions Open House

Sept. 9, 2013 DubaI UAE

Information Sessions

April 16-19, 2013 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education
April 8, 2013 Dubai, UAE Access MBA 1-2-1
Feb. 17-19, 2013 Dubai, UAE Finance for Non-Financial Managers
Dec. 10, 2012 Doha, Qatar QS World MBA Tour
Dec. 9, 2012 Abu Dhabi, UAE Top MBA Connect 1-2-1
Dec. 8, 2012 Dubai, UAE QS World MBA Tour
Dec. 8, 2012 Dubai, UAE Top MBA Connect 1-2-1
Nov. 28, 2012 Kuwait City, Kuwait Access MBA Event
Nov. 26, 2012 Doha, Qatar Access MBA Event
Nov. 24, 2012 Dubai, UAE Access MBA Event
Nov. 6 - 8, 2012 Dubai, UAE Dubai Duke Leadership Workshop
Apr. 13, 2012 Dubai, UAE Access MBA Event
Apr. 11, 2012 Abu Dhabi, UAE Access MBA Event