Falcon and Associates

Programme Structure

Run under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai Business Associates programme has been designed around three fundamental pillars for success: business experience, management training and cultural understanding.

The application for entry in September 2018 is now closed. Applications for 2019 entry will open by the end of 2018.

Who should apply?

The Dubai Business Associate programme is open to recent university graduates (as well as those with up to three years of work experience) from all over the world. Proficiency in both verbal and written English is required. A keen interest in international business combined with a curious and inquiring mind is preferred.

Business Experience

Participants will complete an associates with one of the emirate’s home-grown global leaders in a sector central to its economy, including trade, tourism, finance and logistics. The invaluable experience will provide participants with an understanding of how to operate within an international business environment.

Management Training

Management training is an integral aspect of the programme. Combining practical experience with learning and development modules will provide participants with a better understanding and knowledge of fundamental business concepts and doing business in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region. 

Cultural Understanding

Dubai Business Associates offers a unique opportunity to gain a privileged insight into Dubai’s cultural communities and to develop cross-cultural communication skills. Participants will have access to influential business leaders and opinion formers from across Dubai, the UAE and the rest of the world.

Fully Funded

All the associates will be fully funded during the programme, including accommodation, round-trip flights, working visa, comprehensive health insurance and a monthly allowance.

Beginning in September, the programme runs for nine months and includes business placements and consulting projects with our Placement Partners.

Programme Timeline

  • Learning Module 1

    Hard Skill Fundamentals

    • Orientation
    • Vision and Economy of Dubai
    • Induction Bootcamp
    • Financial Analysis and Modelling
    • Excel 101
    • Innovation and Design Thinking
    • Strategy
    • Organisational Behaviour
    • 1-week Break
  • Business Placement

    Secondment at Partners

    • Executive Coaching and Mentoring
    • Cultural Activities
    • Soft Skills Training
  • Learning Module 2

    Strategy Consulting Primer

    • Doing Business in MENA
    • Dubai Industry Primer
  • Two week break

  • Learning Module 3

    Advanced Strategy Consulting

    • Managing Teams
    • Data Analytics
    • Essential Consulting Skills
    • Decision Making
    • Business Planning and Model Validation
  • Consulting Placement

    Strategy Consulting Assignment

    • Executive Coaching and Mentoring
  • Learning Module 4

    Consulting Delivery

    • Project Presentation
    • Reflections and Learnings
    • Graduation