DIFC Academy

Gulf Tax Day is your yearly appointment with GCC taxation.

Its objective is to offer an annual tax update, an in-depth analysis of domestic and international tax developments, as well as a selection of focus areas for maximum impact in the year ahead.

Key topics include:

  • A Year Under Review
  • Indirect Tax
  • Corporate Tax
  • The Year Ahead

Speakers are widely recognized within the profession as technical experts within their field. They provide an overview of each topic before going deeper into technical explanations with practical examples based on the law, regulations, administrative practice, and jurisprudence.

The audience of Gulf Tax Day includes CFO's, Tax Executives, Tax Advisors, Lawyers, Judges, Tax Administration, Tax Agents, Financial Controllers, Accountants and any others involved in taxation in the GCC.


  • Blake Langridge, Partner, Operating Model Effectiveness, EY
  • Clarence Ellis, Partner, Taxnomics Tax Consultant
  • Diana Caceres, Thomson Reuters
  • Driaan Rupping, Tax Partner, PwC
  • David Russell, KC, Outer Temple Chambers
  • Howard R. Hull, Tax Strategy Advisor, Al-Futtaim Group
  • Jesús Ricart Verdera,Vice Chair at TEI’s European Indirect Tax Committee
  • Piergiorgio Valente,President, CFE Tax Advisers Europe (Confédération Fiscale Européenne)
  • Robert Bird,Senior Manager, Tax, Deloitte
  • Shiraz Khan, Partner, Head of Tax, Al Tamimi & Co
  • Thomas Vanhee, Founding Partner, Aurifer Middle East Tax Consultancy
  • Ton van Doremalen, Partner, Head of Tax Middle East, DLA Piper
  • Wassim Chahine, Partner, Tax, KPMG

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