Preparing executives for the Middle East

Preparing executives for the Middle East

Anxieties surrounding relocation to an unfamiliar country—with families in tow!— is made smooth for executives when skilled preparation services are delivered by Aperian Global consultants.


One of the world’s largest engineering and construction organizations made a decision to send a group of its top American executives on long-term assignments to the United Arab Emirates. Various business constraints dictated that the relocations had to occur within a narrow time frame. And although the executives would be based in Abu Dhabi, their roles would be regional, overseeing operations in Egypt, Qatar, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. Aperian Global was tasked with quickly providing pre-departure cultural training for the outbound executives and their families.


Working closely with the firm’s human resources team, Aperian Global interviewed the executives and their spouses in order to customize its approach. Subsequently, Aperian Global senior consultants conducted high-level, face-to-face sessions for each of the executives in three different locations across North America, focused on building their awareness and skills for working effectively in the Middle East. The non-working spouses attended portions of these sessions in order to gain insights for a smooth family adjustment to life in Abu Dhabi. Additionally, for the children who would be relocating together with their parents, Aperian Global provided separate, targeted training on topics such as adjusting to new schools and making friends with children from other cultures. The entire program delivery, from initial outreach and planning to relocation of the families, was completed in one month’s time.


The executives and their families reported feeling comfortable and prepared upon arrival in the Middle East, and the firm experienced no drop-off in project work during the transition abroad.

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