A highlight of the year was the launch of the Nasdaq Dubai Growth Market for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai. This landmark initiative will transform the prospects of many businesses in the UAE and around the world, by offering a new route to raise capital for expansion.
The exchange’s strategy of expanding its existing markets while also entering new sectors paid handsome dividends in 2019. It was a record year for debt listings by value, with a healthy mix of UAE and international listings. We also launched futures on shares of Saudi companies for the first time.
A year of dynamic growth in Islamic and conventional listings, as well as expansion of the equity derivatives market, has strengthened Nasdaq Dubai’s role as the region’s international exchange. We also expanded our thought leadership role in promoting debate and discussion on the capital markets and business issues.
As well as expanding its markets in 2017, Nasdaq Dubai focused on strengthening many important relationships that will underpin its growth for years to come. Some of these connections are domestic and some international. All of them position the exchange to accelerate its mission to transform the capital markets landscape and promote prosperity.
Dubai’s traditional leadership in developing the region’s capital markets showed fresh vigour in 2016. The successful opening of Nasdaq Dubai’s equity futures market was a milestone that has transformed the investment landscape by offering investors new tools for increasing and preserving wealth.
The wisdom of Dubai’s commitment to developing world class capital markets has become clearer than ever. From securing a major international equity listing, to establishing itself as the world’s leading Sukuk listing centre, Dubai made great strides in 2015 that position it for further growth as the region’s financial sector hub.