First opening its doors in 1870s London, KPMG is now one of the largest professional services companies in the world and a firm fixture among the big four global accounting organisations. Today, the company has its headquarters in the Netherlands and employs over 250,000 people across 145 counties. It serves its international clients with audit, tax, law, cybersecurity, and all manner of consulting services.
KPMG’s UAE member firm forms part of KPMG Lower Gulf along with the firm in Oman. This division comprises 1,700 staff, including almost 200 partners and directors. Once again, the company provides audit, tax, and advisory services, this time tailored to businesses and individuals in the Gulf region.
Outside of the UAE and Oman, KPMG has many more locations within the Middle East, with multiple offices in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Jordan.
In its commitment to serving this part of the world, the company runs a series of Emiratization initiatives to build relations with the local community. KPMG also supports the UAE government’s nationalization program and runs both graduate schemes and internships for UAE nationals.
KPMG’s level of service and dedication to the region has not gone unnoticed. In recent years, the firm has been awarded Best Audit Services at the MENAIR Insurance Awards 2016-2020, Forbes Middle East Top 50 Expat CEOs in the UAE, the International Tax Review World’s Top Tier Firm – GCC Region, and Service Provider of the Year at the Middle East Insurance Industry Awards, to name just a few.
This commitment to each of its territories is undoubtedly behind the company’s incredible annual turnover. Last year, KPMG generated record revenues of almost USD 35bn, up by around USD 2.5bn from the previous year.