Qatar is a peninsula, composed of several islands, located midway along the west coast of the Arabian Gulf. The country’s neighbors include the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Its location is considered central and strategic for companies wishing to conduct business both in the region and beyond it. In addition the country enjoys political and internal stability as well as good relations with its neighbors in the region. Qatar's tiny native population of 120,000 enjoys one of the world's highest per capita incomes (US$15,000). Expatriate workers outnumber the local population by four to one.
Deloitte in Qatar is the largest accounting and consulting firm in the country. Established in 1950 as Saba & Co, it is also the oldest. The firm was present long before significant revenues from oil and gas began to flow in and it has helped to maximize for the country the benefits of its new wealth. It is now ideally positioned to help the economy develop along its latest path.
The firm in Qatar has witnessed exceptional growth during the past 15 years, growing in terms of employees and partners to become a leading firm in Qatar. Our commitment is to consistently deliver the performance our clients deserve by offering independent counsel and attentive quality service; by drawing on our depth of resources to meet their needs; and by employing our industry expertise to find the right solutions.
Just as we’ve played a vital role in the growth of Qatar to date, we’re also very much a part of its future. Deloitte has identified the Middle East as a priority market that represents superior growth opportunities. As such, our firms, operating in 15 countries and employing almost 2500 professionals across the region and including Qatar, 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.
Our clients benefit from the breadth and diversity of our resources in helping them manage their growth and broaden their presence in the global economy. Combining the global insight and innovation of a worldwide firm with local knowledge and industry expertise, our people offer powerful business solutions that help our clients excel. 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.
We serve clients ranging from the largest companies in Qatar to smaller, owner managed businesses. We recognize that the special needs of large multi-national corporations are very different from those of small businesses and we have the experience and understanding to meet the needs of both. Being part of an international network of firms, we apply common standards, methodologies and policies, and our long presence in Qatar provides us with a deep understanding of the specific issues facing our clients. With the strength of our regional network and global organization behind us, we offer small and large companies the best of all worlds.