Dubai presents a booming economy and dynamic business environment that intrigued the Executive MBA students, who wanted to get a real sense of the climate in Dubai first-hand.
As a thriving global marketplace, Dubai attracts and fosters business growth. Its economy is now among the most diversified in the world, with oil accounting for less than 1% of GDP. Dubai also has a very favourable taxation regime with a commitment to transparency1.
The Trek took place in early October 2023 and was the inaugural visit to the metropolis for many, with one local to the city and several others who had visited previously for personal trips and holidays.
Chad Toerien, Bashar Al Damiri, Evani Mannur, Alicia Lirola and Hassan Ashraf, with the support of the CJBS alumni team, came together with their shared interests and connections to make the Trek a reality.
Chad Toerien illustrates the Trek itinerary and outcomes:
Dubai is an incredibly dynamic and exhilarating city, offering a wide array of opportunities, ranging from enriching business experiences and personal growth to embracing cultural diversity, all while enjoying a vibrant lifestyle. During our time in Dubai, we had the privilege to explore seven esteemed organisations, each of which graciously extended their warm hospitality and provided us with unprecedented access to their high-level executives. Through these encounters, we gained valuable insights into their business operations within the region, their strategic growth initiatives, and how we can actively participate in the thriving Dubai landscape.
Here’s a brief overview of our visits:
The journey resulted in an overwhelmingly positive experience that thrilled and engaged all those who participated. Thank you to my fellow organisers Bashar, Alicia, Evani, Hassan, Linda, and the Cambridge Judge Business School Alumni Team.