Taking the GMAT Exam in Dubai
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Oct 2021

Taking the GMAT Exam in Dubai

Table of Contents:

  1. Who administers the GMAT test?
  2. What does the test center look like?
  3. Where are the test centers located?
  4. Test center holidays
  5. Top MBA programs in the area
  6. Tips
  7. Test Day FAQs

About ¾ of the way through your extensive GMAT prep you should begin to start planning your test day, including scheduling the test, preparing your trip to the test center, and even pre-visiting the test center so that you know exactly where it is. This guide is here to offer you all the required information related to taking the GMAT exam in Dubai.

Who administers the GMAT test?

Pearson Professional Centers – administers the GMAT and EA exam on behalf of the GMAC. To find out more about the Pearson Professional test centers visit https://www.pearson.com/us/.

What does the test center look like?

The location will include individual testing areas for each test taker with a separation screen between each test-taker.

Where are the test centers in Dubai?

These are the top locations where test-takers generally had the best experience:

New Horizons CLC – DubaiTest Center - Dubai

The Business Center Bldng, 2nd Flr, 201
Bur Dubai, Khalid Bin Waleed S (Bank S)
Opposite Burjuman Mall, Metro Exit 4
37022 Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Phone: 97143962222

By car:

From Central Dubai (13 minutes):

  • Take D71, Sheikh Zayed Rd/E11 and Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed St/D88 to 16th St
  • At Trade Centre Roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed St/D88 heading to City Center/Bur Dubai
  • Continue on 16th St. Take 15 B St to 19th St
  • Continue onto 19th St
  • Destination will be on the left

Test-takers’ review:

This test center was rated 4.4 by Google reviewers. It is recommended as the best test center in Dubai

Test Center Holidays

The most popular times for GMAT preparation and test-taking are during the holiday seasons. Be mindful of dates that you will not be able to take the GMAT or EA at any of the test centers mentioned above. Pearson test centers are closed during the following dates:

  • 1 January- New Year’s Day
  • 22 May- Eid Al Fitr
  • 30 July- Arafat Day
  • 31 July- Eid Al Adha
  • 23 August- Islamic New Year
  • 29 October- The Prophet’s Birthday
  • 1 December- Martyr’s Day
  • 2-3 December- UAE National Day

Top MBA programs in Dubai 

  • London Business School of Dubai


  • During the test there will not be complete silence – you will be able to hear noise from other test takers so it is best to prepare for this by studying for the exam in similar scenarios. This can prepare you for any distractions (such as coughing, sneezing, or computer clicking sounds) that might occur while taking your exam.
  • Try to spend some time actually prepping in the lobby of the test center weeks/days in advance of your exam date. Since the place will be familiar to you come test day this can help curb test anxiety should you have any.

Test Day FAQs

Here are the top 5 questions that clients ask us about exam day information:

  • Are you allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam?

You are not allowed to listen to music while taking the GMAT exam and you are not allowed to wear earphones as well.

  • What should I do if I fall sick on the exam day?

If you do not feel well come exam day you will have to make the decision as to whether or not you can take the test and perform at your best. Most people will not be able to do this so it will be best to cancel it. If you do so on the day of the exam you will incur a loss of your full $250 exam fee. If you cancel the exam 7 days in advance you will be charged a penalty of $50. If it is the first time that you will sit the exam and you are up for sitting through a 4 hour test, this may be a good opportunity to experience the test as you have the ability to cancel the score right afterwards if you are unhappy with it. Ultimately, it is best to take the GMAT when you are feeling your best as this will result in your optimum test performance.

  • What can I bring with me to the test center?

You are allowed in the test center with the following:

  • GMAT approved identification
  • Appointment confirmation letter or email you received from Pearson VUE
  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Light sweater or light non-outerwear jacket
  • Comfort items only if they were pre-approved as an accommodation received in advance

Any additional personal belongings that you bring with you such as your cell phone, bag, snacks, and earphones will need to be stored in one of the provided lockers. You may eat your snack during the breaks. Any cell phone use throughout the test time (including breaks) is prohibited.

The test center will provide you with everything that you need in order to take the test including scratch paper and a pencil.

  • Should I wear a mask during the exam?

At the test centers above they strongly recommend that you wear a face mask or some type of face-covering in the test center and for the duration of your test to protect yourself and others. Test centers do not provide face masks for candidates.

Please note that if you have any flu-like symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be requested to reschedule your exam for another time when you are in full health.

  • What can I expect at the test center?

A usual test center is typically quite small. Once you arrive you will have to provide the administrator with the relevant documents and while these are being processed you will be asked to wait in the waiting area. In this area, you can still access all your personal belongings up until you are called into the testing room.

Once in the room, you will be allocated an individual exam station where you will find a computer.

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top MBA programs in dubai
Posted on
Apr 2021

Top MBA Programs In Dubai

By: Apex GMAT
Contributor: Andrej Ivanovski
Date: 6th April 2021

For those who are seeking to live and study in the world’s fastest developing business hub, Dubai is a great choice. With several internationally accredited MBA programs in Dubai, which attracts students and professionals from across the world, with the numbers increasing each year. Students can choose either a full-time or part-time MBA or an Executive MBA, and can specialize in areas such as management, marketing, or finance to name a few. What is most interesting about Dubai is that in addition to domestic universities, you can choose to complete your MBA at the Dubai campus of some of the most prestigious universities in the world. We have prepared a list of some of the best domestic and international MBA and EMBA programs in Dubai.

MBA Programs on Offer in Dubai

INSEAD (Middle East Campus)

insead dubai mba info

The Middle East Campus of INSEAD is located in Abu Dhabi, which is less than a 2-hour drive from Dubai. If you are looking to study in a diverse and international environment at a top ranked university, then INSEAD is a great choice for you. It constantly tops the MBA ranking lists and it recently ranked number 1 globally on the 2021 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking. At their Middle East Campus, they offer both an MBA and an Executive MBA.

  • Ranking: Number 1 on the 2021 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking
  • Duration: 10 months (MBA) and 14 – 17 months (EMBA)
  • Nationalities: 88 (MBA) and 62 (EMBA)
  • Average age: 29 (MBA) and 33 – 45 (EMBA)
  • Average work experience: 5.6 years (MBA) and 14 years (EMBA)
  • Tuition & Fees: $108,000 USD (MBA) and $135,000 USD (EMBA)
  • GMAT range: 670 – 750, middle 80 percent. 58 percent have scored above 700 (Class of 2020)
  • Accepted tests: GMAT, GRE, INSEAD Assessment
  • Accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
  • Language: English

How is the Middle East Campus different from the other ones?

Being one of the leading and largest business schools in the world, INSEAD has campus locations in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore), Middle East (UAE) and North America (San Francisco, CA). Their programs are the same in structure all around the world, with some campuses offering more programs than others. The Middle East Campus campus is a good choice for people who are seeking to relocate to the UAE and want to be exposed to job opportunities in Dubai, or the UAE in general. The average salary after completing the MBA is $105,900 USD, with 92 percent being employed within 3 months and 79 percent changing careers.

London Business School (Dubai Campus)

London business school dubai mba info

London Business School, a constituent of the University of London and one of the most prestigious business schools in the world, offers its Executive MBA program in Dubai, the Middle East’s most exciting business hub. For those who are interested in getting an executive education at one of the most reputable and highest ranking business schools in the world, the Dubai EMBA is the right pick.

  • Global ranking: Number 10 on the Financial Times Executive MBA (EMBA) Ranking (2020) 
  • Local ranking: Number 1 regionally by the Financial Times EMBA Ranking (2020)
  • Duration: 20 months
  • Number of students: 42
  • Nationalities: 20 nationalities
  • Average work experience: 12 years of average work experience.
  • Tuition & Fees: $131,200 USD, scholarships available.
  • Average GMAT: 707, but they advise taking the Executive Assessment for the EMBA. GMAT waivers are offered on a case by case basis, based on work experience
  • Accepted tests: GMAT, GRE and Executive Assessment
  • Accreditations: AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS
  • Language: English

How is it different from the London EMBA program?

In essence, the EMBA program from London Business School is offered both in London and Dubai. The two programs are exactly the same and there is no difference between the admission requirements or the program structures. All of the aforementioned statistics apply to both programs. No matter whether you choose to study in Dubai or in London, the whole EMBA class starts and finishes the program together. Both streams gather together for two modules in London: orientation and the final.

The University of Manchester (Middle East International Centre)

university of machester dubai mba info

The Middle East International Centre, located in Dubai, is the University of Manchester’s largest overseas center. They offer a part-time and a full-time Global MBA, as well as a joint MBA degree with the Kelley School of Business at the University of Indiana. 

  • Ranking: Number 45 on the Financial Times MBA Ranking (2020) 
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Campuses: Dubai, Manchester, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and São Paolo
  • Nationalities on campus: 2,400 international students representing 27 nationalities.
  • Minimum work experience: 3 years
  • Tuition & Fees: $49,630 USD, paid in 4 installments.
  • Average GMAT: 580 – 760
  • Accepted tests: GMAT, GRE and MAT (Manchester Admissions Test)
  • Accreditations: AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS
  • Language: English

How is Dubai different from the other campuses?

No matter whether you choose the full-time, the part-time or the joint program with the Kelley School of Business, the University of Manchester allows you to take elective courses at any of the 6 international centers: Dubai, Manchester, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and São Paolo. The only requirement is that all of the core courses need to be taken at your home center.

SP Jain School of Global Management (Dubai Campus)

SP jain Dubai

SP Jain School of Global Management is an Australian business school with campuses in Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney. Their Dubai campus is located in DIAC (Dubai International Academic City) and offers a 12-month full-time Global MBA program.

    • Ranking: Ranked among the Top 15 Best International 1-year MBAs (2019-21) by Forbes
    • Campuses: Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney
    • Duration: 12 months
    • Class of 2020: 81 students representing 9 countries, 26 percent women
    • Minimum work experience: 3 years
    • Tuition fees: $34,000 USD
    • Average GMAT: 660. It is possible to apply without an aptitude test score (or GMAT/GRE/CAT), but candidates will be shortlisted until they submit one
    • Accepted tests: GMAT, GRE, CAT and SPJAT (SP Jain Aptitude Test)
    • Accreditations: TEQSA, KHDA, CPE, ABEST21, ACCA
    • Language: English

How is Dubai different from the other campuses?

SP Jain Global School of Management has campuses in 4 global business hubs: Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney. All 4 campuses offer the same 12-month full time Global MBA program, and the entry requirements, program structure and cost of attending are the same.

University of Dubai (Dubai Business School)

University of dubai

The Dubai Business School at the University of Dubai offers a number of domestically and internationally recognized MBA programs. Students can either choose to do a General MBA, or specialize in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, International Business Leadership, Operations Management or Human Resources. 

  • Ranking: Number 2 locally by the Palmes’ League in the category of Excellent Business Schools Reinforcing International Influence
  • Duration: 12 months – 24 months, depending on whether it is general or specialized
  • Tuition & Fees: $40,293 USD
  • Average GMAT: 500
  • Accepted tests: GMAT
  • Accreditations: AACSB, KHDA, CAA
  • Languages of Instruction: English and Arabic

American University in Dubai

American University dubai

The American University in Dubai is a private, liberal arts institution, founded in 1995. They offer a number of MBA programs, including a general MBA, as well as an MBA with a concentration in Finance, Management or Marketing. In addition to that, they also offer a full-time Executive MBA program.

  • Ranking: Number 1 locally by the Palmes’ League in the category of Excellent Business Schools Reinforcing International Influence
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Nationalities on campus: Over 102
  • Minimum work experience: 2 years
  • Tuition $ Fees: $41,165 USD for the MBA and $55,000 USD for the EMBA
  • Average GMAT: 550
  • Accepted tests: GMAT only
  • Accreditations: AACSB
  • Language: English

Where to take the GMAT in Dubai

gmat test centers in dubai

There are two GMAT Test Centers in Dubai:

Academic City: The Exam Preparation & Testing House

Suite 703
7th Floor, Apricot Tower, Academic City
Phone: +971-4-333-3616

Bur Dubai: New Horizons Learning Center

The Business Center Building, 2nd Floor, Office 201
Bur Dubai, Khalid Bin Waleed S (Bank S)
Across Burjuman Mall
Phone: +971-4-3962222

Find out more about taking the GMAT in Dubai in this ARTICLE.

Why study in Dubai

student life in dubai

If you are not sure whether Dubai is the city for you, here’s some interesting facts about the city:

  • It is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing cities 
  • It is home to over 150 nationalities 
  • Over 80 percent of its population is expat
  • The UAE is considered one of the safest countries in the world
  • 24-hour security in buildings and on streets
  • Student dorms are very cost effective
  • It is easy to get around with public transportation
  • A wide variety of entertainment that includes beaches, restaurants, bars and museums
  • Dubai is not very expensive, as compared to other metropolitan cities around the world
  • Most places provide student discounts
  • There are many work opportunities

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