The GCC’s consulting market has grown strongly over the last few years, rising more than 18 per cent to reach $2.2billion in 2013.

It is reported that the region is predicted to be one of the fastest growing consulting markets in the world in 2014 with countries such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar being the top performers regionally.

Accenture was ranked first in the list of top consulting firms in the GCC and other emerging markets, according to the White Space Thought Leadership Rankings report produced by research firm Source.

Other top consulting firms in the GCC were Strategy& formerly known as Booz & Co, the Boston Consulting Group and Bain and Roland Berger.

However, the report noted that all of the Big Four firms including Ernst Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and KPMG were these days somehow low of the emerging markets ratings.

“It’s not that Accenture has dramatically upped its game in the GCC since last year; it’s simply kept up the quality while nearly all other consulting firms have fallen back,” said a well informed source.

“However, it’s one of only three firms not to have any obvious areas of real weakness and it is the only firm in our ranking whose score for emerging markets material is higher than its score globally.

“But it also publishes some material that it probably shouldn’t, so Accenture’s mission for 2015 is to find a way to be consistently remarkable.  That really would put it out of the reach of most other firms right now.”

Ernst Young topped the list in terms of the volume of the material published with one in three pieces of emerging market thought leadership.

Meanwhile, Deloitte produced almost 28 per cent of consulting thought leadership material in 2013, closely followed by Strategy& which constituted around 24 per cent of such content.

Strategy& was also identified for its GCC market piece on educational reforms which included surveys from students and other