From October 12 – 16, IMBA students embarked on a unique and once in a lifetime cultural journey in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. IE Business School students together with students from Kingabdulaziz University took an intensive course on Islamic Finance. Through theory and experiences from practitioners at the Islamic Development Bank, Saudi Economic Development Company and Islamic Research & Training Institute, students were able to compare Islamic Finance to traditional Finance and have an open debate about its benefits, challenges and uses in countries other than the Middle East.
When taking a break from Shariah law and practices, students were able to experience first-hand Saudi culture from our national hosts as well as see life in Saudi from the eyes of the expats. The trip would not be complete without a visit to the past and future at the local mall and Old Town and of course a day at the desert for a complete Arabian experience.