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How to Become a CMA in Dubai, Qatar and Middle East

This page is dedicated to aspiring CMA in Dubai and the Middle East. I will walk you through some facts, together with the steps and tips on how to achieve your goal to become a CMA in Dubai or other major cities in the Middle East.

Significance of CMA in Dubai, Qatar and the Middle East

The membership in this region has been growing 30% year on year, and according to IMA data, there are more than 7,000 members in 2012. The region is so important to IMA that it compiled a detailed salary report specifically for this region in 2010 and 2012.

Average salary by countries in the region is one of the results of this interesting survey. You can take a more detailed accountant salary analysis in the region here.

(In US$)

cma in dubai

Prerequisites and Requirements

The exam prerequisite is simple: all you need is a bachelor degree in any parts of the world. The 2-year working experience requirement can be fulfilled by relevant work performed, again, in any parts of the world. You can read the CMA exam requirements here.

CMA Content and Format

The exam is a 2-parts computerized exam that is 4 hours long each. You have flexibility to take the exam on any weekday within the testing windows, which cover 8 months out of the 12 months in each year.

For the CMA exam syllabus and exam content please click this link.

Testing Center Locations

Exam sites are conveniently located in major cities in the following:

  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia (4 centers, 2 for men and 2 for women)
  • UAE (Abu Dhabi and Dubai)
  • West Bank

You can find out the exact address of the exam sites here.

CMA Exam Passing Rates

I have to say the passing rate is not encouraging for Middle Eastern candidates. During the 10-month period from January to October 2013, only 21% candidates passed Part 1 and 29% passed in Part 2:

Middle east CMA exam passing rate

The relatively low pass rate is possibly a result of English not being the first language for most candidates in this region, and that candidates rely on local review courses that may not be up to standard.

Here are my suggested remedies:

1. Don’t More Time On Practicing vs Reading

As a Chinese, English is not my first language, and therefor I understand where you come from. Reading review materials written in a foreign language is boring, inefficient, and very hard, and certainly make you want to give up.

I would therefore urge you to quickly go through the materials and spend more time instead on the actual practice questions using the online test prep software.

Each of the question is shorter (easier to read), and at the same time, you get better in understanding how the questions are commonly structured. To me this is a much more efficient way to study for standardized tests that base heavily on multiple-choice questions.

2. Read My Essay Writing Tips

The essay question is another though area. I have written this page on CMA exam essay tips specifically with international candidates in mind.

3. Take Self-Study Review Course Instead

From my own research and feedback from Middle Eastern readers, a very common reason of failure is that people took local review courses that did not adequately prepare them for the exam.

I am sure that there are some excellent live courses out there in the region, but more often than not these courses are not as good, and more importantly, you cannot tell until it’s too late.

Self-study courses, on the other hand, are used by domestic (US) and international candidates alike. By using the same review course as the US candidates, you know the quality of these courses are guaranteed, and you put yourself in a level playing field. Considering the North Americans have a much higher passing rate (50-60%), I would definitely go for whichever review courses they are using.

Most US candidates use:

Now, How Can I Start the Process?

If you are new to the CMA qualification, here is a detailed introductory post applicable to candidates around the world.

If you are familiar with the CMA Program, or if you need to retake the exam, here are a few posts that may be useful:

Best of luck to your CMA journey!

About the Author Stephanie Ng

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites.

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Leave a Comment:

ali says September 24, 2016

What is the scope of CMA in middle east ??

Rajendra Panshikar says July 20, 2016


Currently I am in Oman GCC Country, however if I start the CMA course enrolling at local institute, can I give my exams in India centre or

Is there a centre in Pune, State: Maharashtra India

Due to contractual terms, Employment visa expiration, I may not able to attend the local centre, and costwise it will be more difficult

What is the best solution to have a CMA degree in that case and will it be useful at US MNC’s in India

Please let me know at my email panstar5@yahoo.com

Thank you in advance

Best regards.

Rajendra Panshikar

    Stephanie Ng says July 21, 2016

    Hi Rajendra,
    You can take the CMA exam anywhere, including the ones you mentioned in Pune.
    I have to say that CMA is not a “degree” but more a qualifying exam. It doesn’t guarantee jobs but for most candidates it is helpful in their career, some immediately while others in a longer term. If you have trouble staying in Oman for the local classes, you may consider taking the online review courses. I have them listed here: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-review-course/

    Regards, Stephanie

nazreen says November 6, 2014

Dear stephnie,

I have finished mcom in accounts and finance. I love to do phd but i can do the course but for phd we cant do like that. So i came to know about cma exams. Can i do the exam online now i am in dubai so i just want to know how much does it cost to do exam online in dubai? Where wil i get those materials nd how much does it cost? Will iget those material through postal service etc . Kindly plz rply fast

    Stephanie Ng says November 7, 2014

    Dear Nazreen, please note that the CMA exam is not available online. You have to take a computerized exam at an exam site, which is probably available in your home country. For more information please check out this page: https://ipassthecmaexam.com/cma-exam-location/

Senthilmani R says July 14, 2014

I want to pursue CMA and iam in Qatar now

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