First of all, my congratulations to your offer!
Now it’s the best time for you to relax a bit, since you are in the unique position, when you are sure about the future and this future has not come yet.
I already helped several mentees of mine to get into Strategy &. Actually One of them has also got an offer for Dubai office just on Monday.
I know the Managing Director of the region pretty well.
Well, if you are Lebanese, or at least Arabic-speaking it’s a perfect fit! If not, there might be some cultural issues.
Stategy& was previously known as Booz before it was acquired by PWC in mid 2010th. Previously MBB was actually MBBB – it was McK, BCG, Bain and Booz.
Therefore, historically seen it’s a top-tier firm, especially in the Middle East, where BCG is currently the strongest one, followed by Strategy &, but McKinsey and especially Bain are weaker than some of the tier2 companies (Kearney, Oliver Wymann and Roland Berger).
All-in it’s a great choice to start your career. You will quickly learn the variety of industries and topics. The company is also able to sponsor your MBA (i.e. INSEAD, LBS, etc.).
Your exit options in the region would be great, however not internationally, because the company has lost most of its former prestige worldwide.
The cultural issue I mentioned is due to the “inshallah culture” – you will get a better understanding of it, when you start there. Since most of the partners are Lebanese, Arabic language is very common on the projects as a working language, which might create a barrier, if you are European for example. People are also “too flexible = very unreliable”.
Anyway, it a great start for you!
If you want, I can connect you to my mentees in the firm / in Dubai.