Accountancy Age, Accountancy Age, Tuesday 18 May 2010 at 09:18:00

Firm has reportedly poached more than 20 partners from Ernst & Young inthe region as it looks to build up its operations

PricewaterhouseCoopers is increasing its operations in the Middle East, withan eye on doubling its fee income in area to $500m (345m) within two years.

The firm wants to capitalise on a predicted spending surge frominfrastructure projects by Arab governments,accordingto the Times.

Its efforts have included a recruitment drive, which has seen staff hiredfrom rival firm Ernst & Young's Middle Eastern operations.