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VAT Implementation in UAE


Mok Chew Yin
Executive Director, Advisory at BDO
About Speaker

Mok was a partner in KPMG before joining BDO. He has undertaken numerous valuations, financial due diligence and other corporate finance assignments locally and overseas. He has also been involved in governance advisory, forensic and expert witness engagements and in various insolvency administrations.

With the introduction of GST in Malaysia, he led one of two dedicated GST teams to assist clients in GST implementation. His implementation engagements covered various industries including power, water, construction, property development, IT services, shipping, food & beverage, manufacturing and trading. He is now involved in GST health checks, review of GST returns and GST advisory.

Mok also has over nine years of commercial experience. Previously, he was a Senior General Manager (Corporate Finance) in a large diversified group listed on Bursa Malaysia.

He also has seven years audit experience with a UK accounting firm and another five years advisory experience with KPMG in Melbourne, Australia.

Brian Conn
VAT Partner at BDO
About Speaker

Brian Conn is a VAT Partner at BDO. With over 20 years’ experience, Brian originally trained with HM Customs and Excise (now HM Revenue and Customs) before moving into practice in 1990. After spells with the leading Big 4 firms for many years, Brian joined BDO UAE in 2017, where he heads up the VAT practice for the GCC region.

Brian has advised clients across a wide range of industries, including financial services, oil and gas, retail, manufacturing and distribution, real estate and the government sectors. Many of his clients have international operations and he is experienced in global VAT issues. Notable projects have included advising on the Channel Tunnel rail link between the UK and France, the establishment of the Francis Crick Institute and the London Olympics in 2012. He has also been involved in a number of landmark VAT cases in both the UK and European Courts.

In addition to technical consulting work Brian is also experienced in the delivery of compliance projects, including systems and process improvement and the implementation of VAT technology solutions. 

Evgenii Podborskii
Head of Automation Department at First BIT
About Speaker

Evgenii Podborskii is the Head of Automation at First BIT with over 8 years of experience in automating businesses in the MENA region and the CIS (former Soviet countries). Evgenii majored in software development and, having moved to the UAE in 2013, spearheaded the development of an ERP system for the local trading and distribution industry.

Based on his hands-on experience in implementing software supporting VAT and other taxes in the CIS, Evgenii prepares the FirstBIT ERP solution to make clients’ document management systems VAT compliant.

Evgenii led business automation projects for companies of all sizes, from small to enterprise businesses. His clients come from a wide range of industries, including retail, distribution, construction and manufacturing, both in the private and public sectors.

Hakim Kuvatov
Business Development Manager at First BIT
About Speaker

Hakim Kuvatov is a Business Development Manager at First BIT with 7 years of successful experience. Hakim spent his first years of career in United States and developed expertise in software and digital marketing industry.

Hakim joined First BIT in 2012 in one of the company’s CIS branch and has hands-on experience working with numerous ERP projects in a variety of industries, including FMCG, light and heavy equipment trading, automotive, construction, agriculture, financial services and government sector.

UAE to Introduce a 5% VAT on January 1, 2018

The introduction of VAT has a great impact on
every business.Are you ready for this?

Businesses in the UAE now have less than 10 months to build the VAT capability. Review operations and develop build a roadmap to ensure that the business is VAT ready, including people, processes, controls and technology.

Early preparation is key.
Take action now to get ready!

VAT implementation Seminar for businessesFirst BIT and BDO UAE gather seasoned tax professionals, government officials and top managers to share up-to-date knowledge on VAT implementation. We have invited experts from Malaysia and the UK to build your expertise on the practical aspects of VAT Implementation for businesses. We will share technical know-how and worldwide experience and update you on relevant VAT matters as well key implications for the UAE’s key sectors.
After attending the seminar, you will be able to:
• Improve your technical knowledge about VAT through presentations from leading BDO and First BIT experts
• Get prepared for major developments underway in the changing tax environment,
• Identify and discuss potential cross-border matters related to VAT implementation,
• Enhance professional and personal relationships with senior members of the UAE’s business elite,
• Share your own ideas through networking.
Every battle is wonBEFOREit is fought.


8:30 – 9:00
Guests registration welcome coffee
9:00 – 10:30
An overview of VAT principles and business implications for business — VAT information that every business needs to know.
Key Topics
- Latest news on how the introduction of VAT is progressing across the GCC.
- BDO’s analysis of the VAT Framework Agreement and Country by Country Laws (as available at the time of the seminar). In this session we will focus on the key compliance obligations, the expected problem areas and potential opportunities for relief from VAT under the new law, including:
  • Exemptions,
  • Zero-rating,
  • Payment and reporting obligations,
  • Implications for the Free Zones, and
  • Registration.
- Issues to be clarified — critical topics that are still under consideration.
- What should businesses be doing now to prepare for VAT implementation?
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee-break / networking
11:00 – 12:15
- The roadmap — how to plan for a smooth transition and full compliance from day one.
- How to ensure the right personnel skills and training to deal with VAT.
- The risks of non-compliance — what can go wrong and how to avoid it.
Lessons learned in Malaysia: BDO delivered numerous VAT implementation projects when VAT was introduced in
Malaysia in 2015. In this session we will share what we have learned from that experience.
- Preparing IT systems for VAT implementation
- Assessing the capability
- Building the functionality
- Automation of VAT processes
12:15 – 13:00
Questions and answers
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch and networking

Benefits of attending

CPE credits
Certificates for CPD, CPE are available upon request
Presentations, summary, video and audio recordings
Post-seminar support
Updates and newsletters with the most recent VAT information
Personal consultation
Personal consultations and demo of the latest ERP and accounting software for VAT compliance

Who should attend?

Financial controllers

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Register your attendance

The number of places is limited. Attendance is upon confirmation only.
17 April
The Address Boulevard
VAT Implementation in UAE:
Creating a Strategic Plan
Fee600 AED
Contact for additional information: Rita Rosen,
Mobile: +971 52 740 2345
Event location
The Address Boulevard Hotel,

Our previous VAT seminar in pictures

The seminar was well organized and useful, especially the part when it was affirmed that VAT will be implemented and it is necessary to amend the contracts with clients and suppliers by the VAT implementation law.Alina Abdyldaeva, Finance Manager at the Senat MEA Management Consultancy
Very good seminar. From content and concept of VAT presentation, all aspects that were covered are very useful. Of course, we are waiting for detailed guidelines after legislation is issued. If you have seminar about similar subject in future, I would like to join.Jay Vora, Senior Accountant at the Amana Contracting & Steel Buildings
First BIT’s VAT seminar was well presented and outlined, which enhanced understanding of VAT process. I recommend this seminar.Mahmoud Medhat, Group Division Manager at the Pharmatrade
It was a very informative seminar with a lot of input and things our company now has to consider to work on. Even though we are very small there are things which we definitely have to put into place.Katharina Holzkamp, ME Group AE.
About BDO: BDO

BDO UAE is the United Arab Emirate Member Firm of BDO International with 64,300 people working out of over 1,400 offices worldwide.


At BDO UAE, we specialise in helping businesses, whether start-ups or multinationals, to achieve their goals. Through our own professional expertise and by working directly with organisations, we've developed a robust understanding of the factors that govern business growth. Our objective is to use this to help our clients maximise their potential.

We have a partner-led approach, which delivers the highest quality of service by using short, functional chains of communications to aid decision-making. Clients benefit from our fresh thinking, constructive challenge and practical understanding of the issues they face. Developing strong, personal relationships with our clients is at the forefront of our service approach at BDO UAE.

About First BIT: First BIT

First BIT is a leader in providing complex business automation systems and all-round IT services.


With more than 19 years of expertise, the company is committed to providing businesses of any size with top-notch automation and optimization solutions. Covering the whole spectrum of financial and accounting processes and having a strong background in VAT implementation, First BIT will ensure seamless and trouble-free realignment of your business processes for the upcoming changes.

5,000+ professionals in 80 offices take care of fulfilling your business needs based on know-how and expertise gained in 150,000+ of implementations around the world.