by Malak El Shishiny, MiF 2018
If you are reading this blog, there is a big probability you are contemplating becoming part of LBS family and let me tell you one thing, you won’t regret it!
Picture this, a group of 17 MiF and MBA students from 13 different countries travelling from London to Dubai to visit top major institutions within different industries such as Uber, Abraaj Group, Mckinsey, Bain & Company, Strategy &, Emaar and Majid Al Futtaim. What made this the experience of a lifetime was getting to know people from different programmes, creating life lasting friendships, networking and meeting senior representatives from companies within diverse sectors including private equity, investment banking, oil and gas, real estate, commodities trading, technology and consulting.
Dubai is a magnificent city offering a blend of traditional Middle Eastern culture and a modern culture with its ultra-modern sky scrapers. The companies were extremely welcoming and enthusiastic about our visit and have shared with us useful insights about the market. Acting as a hub for the gulf region and with a much diversified population of expatriate professionals working there, Dubai actually provides an attractive working environment for LBS Alumni.
The trek was organized by the Middle East Club, one of the most prominent clubs at LBS, and with the support of the LBS Career Centre in London and Dubai. The teams had done a fantastic job in organizing and successfully managing to incorporate a lot of networking opportunities with LBS Alumni and EMBA students currently studying or working in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Aside from the academics and classroom experience at LBS, networking opportunities are numerous and joining such career treks just takes them to a whole new level.
It’s never all work though! Amazing dinners were organized at trendy restaurants such as Boca restaurant and Nola Social. Great times were had on the Trek with one another and the communal spirit is what truly distinguishes LBS students. Work hard, play harder is always the keyword. A magnificent trip with special thanks to the Middle East Club!