Middle East

Empowering development in the Middle East region

Expanding the reputation and success of organisations in the Middle East.

For organisations looking to expand beyond their borders, our business growth, entrepreneurship and executive level leadership development makes a powerful impact.

In support of nationalisation strategies, our customised leadership development programmes help to enhance the capability of talented nationals. Cranfield’s expertise in talent management and development has enabled organisations to engage, motivate and retain individuals with high potential.

By providing programmes in the Arabic language, presented by Arabic facilitators, Cranfield is bringing our learning capital to the Middle East region; delivering challenging and impactful learning that resonates with nationals.

Creating a country based executive board of leading thinkers

We supported the creation of an Executive Board within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing together a talented group of leading thinkers and influencers within their field of education. This board is proving to be instrumental in shaping the vision and direction of learning and development in KSA, and this is reflected in the success of the country in meeting its ambitious visions for the future.

The creation of further Executive Boards in neighbouring countries will ensure that national experts can exchange knowledge and ideas with Cranfield faculty – collaborating to create long-term benefits for the people.

We have a wide range of experience within the Middle East:

Qatar Petroleum

Cranfield University, working in partnership with Qatar Petroleum and Mercuri Urval, delivered two inter-linked leadership programmes for more than six hundred middle and frontline leaders. This shifted their internal culture by creating greater collaboration across the business.


The Personal Leadership Programme was designed with Sabic to develop leaders with varied backgrounds, in topics such as: strategy, business, continuous improvement, diversity and leadership.


High potential managers embarked on a three-year Leadership Development programme and gained an MSc in Strategic Leadership. Etisalat benefitted from the improved retention of valuable staff and the development of high achieving future leaders.

DP World

The Leadership Journey took participants through a Networked Learning approach, incorporating a blend of face-to-face and online delivery. This programme for DP World was created in a highly collaborative and innovative way to address areas such as: translating strategy, innovation collaboration, leadership and corporate social responsibility. Each cohort was involved in setting the agenda and creating multimedia for the next cohort.


This bespoke Leadership Development Programme designed for Ooredoo covered four modules: Leading for Impact, Navigating Complex Challenges, Leading Change and Leading Others. Senior leaders from Kuwait, Qatar and Oman worked in teams on group-wide strategic projects, under the guidance of an Executive Team sponsor, and received one-to-one executive coaching.

Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development

This customised programme provided talented future leaders with the knowledge and skills to drive the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development’s transformation and the Emirate’s economic growth.

Emirates Group

The High Potentials Programme in conjunction with Emirates Group developed a cadre of executives with world class general management capability. These leaders went on to influence change and confidently deliver the expansion agenda.

Executive Office of the Government of Dubai

This programme for the Executive Office of the Government of Dubai improved delegates’ knowledge and identified the skills associated with differing leadership styles; thereby raising awareness of both strengths and development needs.

Dubai Government HR Department

The programme for the HR Department of the Government of Dubai enhanced the business acumen and strategic decision-making of Government Leaders, as well as empowering them to lead cross–functional teams and understand their own leadership style.


Over the past years we have worked closely with organisations in the Middle East, building networks and relationships that have led to rich and productive partnerships with leaders in the market, together developing and delivering prestigious executive learning solutions. Our experience demonstrates our drive to work closely and collaboratively with local partners to explore and address key region-specific challenges, finding innovative and impactful solutions that are aligned with corporate objectives.

We welcome partnerships across the business spectrum. Please contact us if you’re interested in becoming a strategic partner.

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