Choosing between MBB- UAE vs Singapore

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I need some advice from the experts here. I have just received an offer from one of the MBB (Singapore office) and also in discussion (1st round cleared and waiting for 2nd round interview) with another MBB (UAE office). I am inclined to accept the first offer (Singapore).

I need your advice on should I continue the interview with the second MBB (UAE office) and wait for the offer (if all goes well) before declining or should I inform them now and do not appear for 2nd round. I am not sure about the UAE salaries but I believe it will be higher than Singapore.

The roles is of Consultant as an expert hire at both the places. I am having around 8 yrs industry experience.

Will it help me in future to join the 2nd MBB (UAE office) considering that I had an offer from them?

Your valuable advise will help me.

Comments (9)

Jul 22, 2018

I think you might want to reconsider signing with your real name here.

As to your question, salaries in Dubai are typically higher, especially when you consider zero income taxes.

Jul 22, 2018

From my standpoint as someone from the US, Singapore is the more attractive market.

Might help people provide better advice if you disclose which specific MBB's for each market

Jul 22, 2018

Since you are an experienced hire, what industries will you be mainly working in? For example, if you are from an FS background, Singapore would be a better fit. Like bank.sinatra said, specific MBBs also matter. If your offer is for Bain in the Middle East, they are not very strong but growing.

Gimme the loot

Jul 22, 2018

Lived and worked in the UAE, I would personally go for Singapore, PM me if you want to know the detail.
Not sure about the consulting industry in either cases, this is from a life perspective only.

Jul 23, 2018

Thanks... I would surely PM you to know more about life in UAE....

Jul 23, 2018

feel free to do so!

Jul 23, 2018

Hi Pan European Monkey,

Just wanted to ask if you could help me learn about the pros and cons of living in the Middle East (I am an American) if I am looking to move there for a few years? I tried to PM you but the system is not letting me at the moment. Thank you!

Jul 23, 2018

Hello friends...Thanks for your suggestions...

@bank.sinatra" @Gratisfaction Thanks... I also prefer the Singapore and would be confirming the same. Can you help me with my second doubt:
Both the roles are for Energy industry almost same JD. I have a final offer for Singapore and For Dubai 2nd round of interview is scheduled. Should I continue the interview for Dubai (knowing that I wont be joining even if selected)?? or should I withdraw now?

Jul 24, 2018