I am not familiar with Kearney Consulting but can speak for BCG and specifically for Dubai and compare in general vs. working in the NA.
1. International opportunities: Dubai office (of any global company) is frequently the most international branch with most nationalities offering A LOT OF learning (flexibility, understanding other cultures… your mind expand), gain valuable network, etc. In terms of projects scope, you will work internationally around the Middle East, but there are also opportunities to work outside your region when needed.
Even if you don't want to stay forever, such experience enriches you not only professionally but personally. AND exit opportunities are much stronger with international experience.
In the US this won't be likely the case, it will be all very domestic.
2. Exit opportunities: Already touched above, BCG as the top tier consulting accepting approx 1% of candidates has enormous prestige and opens a lot of doors
3. Transferring to different offices: At BCG we have many internal programs abroad to apply, but also temporary and permanent positions. There are plenty of them all around the world, it won't be a problem at all to transfer to the US.
4. Scope of work: In BCG working with the most prominent companies of the world on the most complex strategic problem: amazing learning, network, etc.
5. Consulting / lifestyle in Dubai vs NA: Dubai is very easy for a westerner having all (and more!) facilities of the developed world, salaries are high and you can have a very comfortable living and still make savings… BUT it depends on what you like. Dubai offers amazing dining, shopping, and other “artificial” hobbies, but if you are a more outdoor person, it may not be the best place (but there is plenty of opportunities for water sports, hiking, biking… )
In the end, the decision must be yours, but as an experience, for 2-3 years it offers (from my point of view) more pros than cons… the option to return to the US is always there.
I have been living 17 years abroad in Europe, APAC and the Americas and have a lot of experience and friends in Dubai, if you want to know more, please feel free to reach out.
Was this answer helpful?