Are you VAT ready? Establishing a cost-effective and efficient VAT framework

Finance Ministries of GCC member states met earlier this week in Jeddah to approve in in principle the treaties, which will pave the way for the collection of excise tax and VAT on 1st January 2017 and 1st of January 2018, respectively. The common treaties are expected to be announced in the last quarter of the year.

*(source: Cleofe Maceda, Senior Web Reporter, 19 June 2016,

In light of this, tax experts, such as Jeanine Daou, Middle East Indirect Taxes partner at PwC, urge business to take action now in order the be ready by the go live date. In a statement released by PwC, the firm affirms that “Businesses need to start preparing in advance to be able to comply with the new tax obligations including charging, collecting and paying VAT and excise tax to the authority in a timely manner”.

It is evident then that the time for VAT is now! In light of this, we would like to encourage you to register to attend the GCC VAT Forum this 30-31 August at the Dusit Thani Dubai, where you can hear from:

Indirect tax leaders, including Jeanine Daou, Middle East Indirect Taxes partner at PwC amongst others, who will help you to create a winning VAT implementation strategy

System and process specialists, such as Thompsons Reuters, on how to build system requirements needed to effectively manage VAT

Financial leaders from businesses around the region such as  Starwood Hotels,, Freedom Pizza and Jumbo Electronics debating whether the consumer or the business should absorb the cost of VAT

Top reasons to attend:


Hear from financial experts from the region to learn strategies on how to successfully overcome HR, commercial and logistical challenges brought on the introduction of VAT


Gain insights from industry experts from Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte and more to understand VAT and how you can build a cross functional VAT programme in your organisation


Understand the types of systems needed to meet VAT requirements in an efficient and cost-effective way through an interactive workshop presented by KPMG, UAE


Network with market experts and discover how to develop an effective VAT business model by 2018 and avoid costly fines

Featured Speakers

View All Speakers

Who should attend?

Interactive Sessions

Senior Vice President of Finance

Real Situation Analysis

Head of Corporate Finance

ISO Technical Committee

Chief Financial Officer

Reduce Costs and Improve Quality

Finance Directors

Networking Opportunities

Finance Managers

Sponsors & Exhibitors
Associate Sponsor
Strategic Partner
Thomson Reuters
Strategic Partner
Official Law Firm Partner Sponsor
Trowers & Hamlins
Consultation Partner
Inplenion UK Limited
Media Partners
Supporting Partner
The American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates
Media Partners
Cash and Trade Magazine
Media Partners
Global Banking & Finance Review
Media Partners
Middle East Business Magazine & News
Media Partners
Finance IQ