Is it realistic to have a decent WLB if you’re a parent and working in MBB/T2 in Dubai? Is it guaranteed that you’d be travelling Monday-Thursday? Currently, I have a decent WLB in London but money is very attractive in Dubai but don’t want to miss my child growing up if I’m expected to not be home >80% of the time.
Any parents working in Dubai MBB/T2 have an answer?

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It’s going to be hard. Less than 80pct, but overall more like 60-80 pct of time traveling.

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Makes sense

Even if you aren’t traveling you will be working much longer hours - the demands of clients are truly higher. My friends across firms say London has substantially better wlb. Keep in mind also that, for now, Saudi and UAE do not have the same workweek. This is an additional challenge for parents who live in UAE but work with Saudi clients.

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why not move to saudi? money is better there and no travel

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SAP 1 , can one even afford a driver in WE lol !

A partner once held a session about how she managed WLB. Her first comment was to find help. Her nanny / housekeeper raised her kids while she was (and is) on the road. Super successful lady. And only one example. But just gives you a sense of what you have to sacrifice.

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I have a better idea for that partner. Put them up for adoption, and visit them every now and then.

Thank you all! Yeah money is obv much better but WLB is so much more manageable in London - I don’t really think the extra money is worth missing out on your kids childhood

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Well then that’s it and it is a respectable choice. I suggest u look into 2 things in this case: ways to reduce life expenses so u maintain similar life style with lower income and finding support system at work with understanding people who can offer you flexibility / time-off etc. so u enjoy more time with kids. Good luck!

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This is a situation where u can’t get everything you want in life - while things might be better than expected and you might be luckier (for example remote project), it is still a choice u have to do - ur priority (for now at least) is money or more present with kids

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WHat if you join the PE team (PEG/PIPE)?

Depends on what you mean by "decent WLB."

Of the men I know who are seniors (above engagement manager) at MBB/T2 firms in the region, every one has a wife that doesn't work (plus a nanny or other help).

Of all of the senior women I know, none of them (except 1) has children, and many are not married. The 1 woman I know in a senior role with kids had them and got them through adolescence whilst in a different industry before moving to a consultancy.

D1 it's not clear what you're talking about. Not many white barbers/waiters working as expats in the middle east. Having white skin alone will not help you much in the middle east, what matters more than anything is the color of your passport.

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