Anxious Job Hunters Head for the Emirates

As New York and London shiver through the downturn, more MBAs are giving the Gulf region a try

When Akram Alami organized a job hunt trek to Dubai in November for London Business School students, he expected a limited response, as just 13 students signed up last year. Instead, the second-year MBA student found himself overwhelmed with applications, with 71 students clamoring to get a spot on the trip, which cost close to $3,000. Interest was so high that Alami, president of the school's Middle East Club, had to turn 33 students down due to limited space.

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