Our presence in Iraq began in the early part of the 20th century and continues today through our offices in Baghdad and Erbil. As the country continues its post-war development, modernizing its economy to face the new global challenges, Deloitte in Iraq offers support to the public and private sectors through its industry and professional services expertise.
We recognize that the special needs of small businesses are very different from those of multinational corporations and we have the experience and the understanding to meet both. With the strength of our international organization behind us, we offer small and large companies the best of both worlds. Our personal attention and specialized knowledge are combined with the global resources and expertise of a major global organization.
Deloitte has identified the Middle East as a priority market that represents superior growth opportunities. As such, our Middle East firms, operating in 15 countries and employing more than 2,500 professionals across the region, including Iraq, have been targeted for major investment. This is accompanied by a focused strategy of expansion in key business areas and a continued emphasis on recruiting and retaining the most talented professionals from the region and other countries to serve Middle East companies.
To address the growing market needs, we have expanded our specialized professional services in the Middle East, leveraging our local and global talent in areas such as Financial Advisory Services, Enterprise Risk Services and International Tax Services. We have also continued to play a pivotal role in serving the region’s high-growth industry sectors such as tourism, hospitality and leisure, construction, telecoms and financial services, as well as major sectors such as oil and gas, the public sector and the Gulf region’s sovereign wealth funds. Our Middle East knowledge centers are a testament to our specialized capabilities in strategic services and industries.