Publications and Insights

Recent publications

Online reputations: Why hotel reviews matter and how hotels respond

April 2016

We have analysed the online reputations of more than 11,000 hotels in 48 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India. The results show that there are large differences between the cities in how guests have rated their overall performance.

The Great Mid-market Hotel Debate

April 2016

The GCC hotel market is dominated by luxury, up-market establishments, however, with growing importance of emerging millennial travellers, global traveller trends have shifted dramatically.

Business resilience & continuity in the hospitality industry

April 2016

The hospitality industry as a whole is remarkably resilient. Challenges and issues in running a hotel and serving the customer arise daily. Therefore, crafting solutions is very much business as usual for a General Manager (GM).

Cyber and data security in the hotel industry

April 2016

Cyber breaches are continually in the headlines both globally and in the Middle East. They impact operations, financial performance and reputation.

Middle East Information Security Survey 2016: A false sense of security?

April 2016

Explore the Global State of Information Security survey results for the Middle East in comparison to rest of the world. Learn what Middle East companies can do to ensure that they continue to benefit from the potential of digital technologies.

Finance & Procurement: Optimizing Performance through Collaboration

April 2016

In today’s complex and fast moving world, Procurement and Finance must add value beyond base-level efficiency. How can these functions work better together to enhance business performance?

Middle East Economic Crime Survey 2016

February 2016

Adjusting the Lens on Economic Crime in the Arab World

Managing Tax

February 2016

What companies and governments can do to make less taxing in the Middle East

Adopting the Public Private Partnerships Model and its role in attracting Foreign Direct Investment

February 2016

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) have become a popular tool for funding new infrastructure projects around the world. Using PPPs to develop infrastructure gives Governments the opportunity to move large upfront capital spending off their nearterm financing commitments.

GCC IPO Market Watch

January 2016

Capital Markets Watch GCC surveys conventional bond and Islamic issuance and new primary market equity IPOs on GCC’s principal stock markets and market segments


Older publications

Dec 2015

Beyond Digital

Entertainment & Media Outlook 2015-2019... read more


Nov 2015

Maximising your exit value

Middle East Private Equity Insights... read more


Oct 2015

The Future of Border Management

Maintaining security; facilitating prosperity... read more


Oct 2015

GCC IPO Market Watch 2015

Q3, 2015:Challenging time for IPO’s in the GCC with muted activity in Q3 2015 reflecting the continued economic and political concerns surrounding the region...read more


Sep 2015

Being better informed

FS regulatory, accounting and audit bulletin... read more


July 2015

Middle East & North Africa Talent Competitiveness Index 2015

INSEAD has partnered with the HRDF in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and PwC to leverage the GTCI and its underpinning methodology to produce the MTCI.read more


June 2015

Middle East Oil & Gas Sector Snapshot

18th Annual Global CEO Surveyread more


June 2015

Middle East Power & Utility Sector Snapshot

18th Annual Global CEO Surveyread more


June 2015

Retailers and the Age of Disruption

Middle East Snapshot – Global 2015 Total Retail Survey read more


May 2015

GCC IPO Market Watch 2015

Q1, 2015: 2015 saw a reversal in optimism witnessed in 2014 as the oil price slide began to impact the market... read more


May 2015

Cabinet of ministers announce capital gains tax will be put on hold for 2 years

Egypt Newsalert... read more


May 2015

Legal reforms to strengthen the legal and regulatory landscape of doing business in the UAE

New UAE Commercial Companies Law... read more


May 2015

New customs valuation rules in the European Union: get ready for 2016

The European Union’s new Union Customs Code (UCC): The new definition of transaction value and abolishment of first sale... read more


May 2015

Being better informed

FS regulatory, accounting and audit bulletin... read more


May 2015

UAE’s transformation into a world-class Leisure & Entertainment destination

UAE Leisure & Entertainment insightsread more


May 2015

Middle East Financial Services Point of View: Will KSA lead the region on insurance reform?

Industry and market commentators have long predicted a wave of consolidation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's insurance sector. Our publication explores the structural challenges and strain on some of the smaller insurers in the sector. read more


May 2015

Accommodating growth

Middle East cities hotel forecast for 2015 and 2016. Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Muscat, Riyadh read more


April 2015

DZIT guidlines on Permanent Establishments

KSA Newsalert ...read more


April 2015

Pearl Initiative

Women's Careers in the GCC 2015 report read more


April 2015

Opening of the “Tadawul” to foreign investors

KSA Newsalert ...read more


March 2015

The family factor

Professionalising the Middle Eastern family firm read more


March 2015

Financing the Future of Energy - The opportunity for the Gulf’s financial services sector

A report for the National Bank of Abu Dhabi by the University of Cambridge and PwC... read more


March 2015

Fees on unexploited land in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia

KSA Newsalert ...read more


January 2015

Qatar Economy Watch

Building a strong foundation for the future ...read more


January 2015

Paying Taxes 2015 - Middle East

Taken as a region Middle east cntinues to be the easiest place ...read more


January 2015

Jordan passes new tax law, effective from 1st January 2015

Jordan Newsalert ...read more


December 2014

Black gold: The road ahead
Our Middle East Capital Projects & Infrastructure Survey, Building beyond ambition ...read more


December 2014

Middle East Megatrends in Mergers & Acquisitions

Middle East Megatrends in Mergers & Acquisitions reports on M&A trends for the region including ...read more


December 2014

The Digital Mindset

Entertainment & Media Outlook 2014-2018 A look at Global, Middle East and Africa trends ....read more


November 2014

Paying taxes 2015: The global picture

How does your economy compare? read more


October 2014

What customers want

Customer insights to inform growth strategies of Islamic banks in the Middle East ...read more


October 2014

Global Family Business Survey - 2014

Up close and professional: The family factor read more


October 2014

Consumer expectations driving the next retail business model

Achieving total retail 2014: Annual global survey of online shoppers... read more


October 2014

Being better informed

FS regulatory, accounting and audit bulletin... read more


October 2014

Global Annual Review 2014

Our Global Annual Review looks at PwC’s performance in FY 2014 and illustrates... read more


September 2014

The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2015

Security breaches are on the rise, and it is no surprise to find that... read more


September 2014

Low Carbon Economy Index 2014 | 2 degrees of separation: ambition and reality

The 6th annual Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI) tracks the rate that G20 countries... read more


September 2014

Getting smarter about cities

Why creating tomorrow’s Smart City is about much more than just technology... read more


June 2014

Building beyond ambition

Middle East Capital Projects & Infrastructure survey report... read more


June 2014

Being better informed

FS regulatory, accounting and audit bulletin... read more


June 2014

Banking Banana Skins 2014

Every two years, PwC sponsors the Banking Banana Skins survey conducted by... read more


May 2014

Fit for the future: Building on today’s optimism to prepare for tomorrow

Middle East CEO Survey 2014: The Middle East economic future looks bright both in the short term and longer term according to our 17th Annual CEO Survey. read more


May 2014

Cities of Opportunity 6

Dubai ranked 16th out of 30 in the latest Cities of Opportunities report... read more


May 2014

2014 State of the Internal Audit Profession Study

Our annual State of the Internal Audit Profession, which includes responses from... read more


May 2014

Gateway for growth: Middle East cities hotel forecast for 2014 and 2015. Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Muscat, Riyadh

This first edition of our Middle East cities hotel forecast is published amidst some of the fastest growing... read more


April 2014

PwC Middle East Spa Benchmarking Survey

The PwC Spa Benchmark Report is issued on a regular basis and is the only benchmark report covering...read more


April 2014

Making innovation go further in metals

How companies could gain by widening their innovation focus... read more


March 2014

Retail Banking 2020

Evolution or Revolution?... read more


Feb 2014

Economic Crime in the Arab World

PwC Middle East Economic Crime Survey 2014.... read more


Feb 2014

Fortune favours the brave – Early acquirers will shape the future Middle East insurance market

PwC FS Point of View

Whilst the data from 2012 and 2013 includes some sizeable insurance deals in the region, some deals are not materialising because of.... read more


Feb 2014

ESCAPE index: Mapping how markets emerge

As the world economy continues to recover from the after-shocks of the global financial crisis, this is a good time to... read more


Feb 2014

Asset Management 2020: A Brave New World

The asset management industry stands on the edge of a number of fundamental shifts that will shape the future of the industry… read more


Dec 2013

Paying Taxes 2014

The Middle East continues to be the least demanding tax framework globally with the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia... read more


Dec 2013

Enabling job creation in the Arab world - a survey on behalf of the Arab Thought Foundation

The role of regional integration in addressing youth unemployment... read more


May 2013

Matching confidence with Competitiveness

16th Annual Middle East CEO Survey

Middle East CEOs in our 16th Annual Global CEO Survey are more confident about growth prospects compared with their counterparts... read more


Jan 2013

PwC Family Business Survey

This year’s PwC Family Business Survey covered almost 2,000 firms across the world (including the Middle East)... read more


Dec 2012

Family Matters - Governance Practices in GCC Family Firms

GCC family firms are becoming more aware of the increasing importance of corporate governance but... read more


Jul 2012

Economic crime in the Arab world

Global Economic Crime Survey 2011

The survey gathered information from 126 respondents from Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon... read more


Jun 2011

Growth reimagined: Prospects in the Middle East drive CEOs’ confidence

14th Annual Middle East CEO Survey

In the Middle East, CEOs not only share this viewpoint – they are in fact leading some areas of growth optimism... read more