Who should list

Nasdaq Dubai is designed to offer unique listing benefits to companies located anywhere, from the UAE including its free zones, to other countries in the Middle East and around the world. All benefit from the advantage of global visibility supported by a listing in the business capital of the region.


The exchange’s international business model allows all company owners to choose their share price in an IPO and keep control of the business afterwards. All types of listing can benefit from investment from the exchange’s wealthy region and from international investors too.

With its wide investor base the exchange can fuel the growth of companies in all sectors, from construction and consumer goods to healthcare, financial services, industrials, leisure and many others.

Whether you are a business in the UAE, GCC, wider Middle East, India, China, the US, Europe or elsewhere, Nasdaq Dubai welcomes you.

Private companies

Nasdaq Dubai is an ideal listing venue for private companies of varying size, including multinationals, smaller enterprises and family businesses. The wide reach of the exchange supports all the business and geographical needs of private companies, including a higher public profile through increased publicity and global visibility as soon as they list. Nasdaq Dubai provides an opportunity to expand your business and product offerings into a wider market.

INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERINGS (IPOs):

  • Owners can raise capital for growth while retaining control of their company (only 25% of the shares need to be floated)
  • Minimum market capitalisation as little as USD 10 million
  • Owners can sell some of their own shares in the IPO if they wish
  • Owners can choose the IPO share price themselves
  • Unique access to regional and international investors facilitates active  trading

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUSTS (REITs)

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are a type of property fund. They own and manage properties. Investors in REITs receive the income from these properties through dividend distributions.

Benefits of investing in REITs include:

  • Dividend yields historically higher than for shares
  • Simplicity - REITs are bought and sold on exchange just like shares
  • Lower costs than buying and selling property directly
  • Greater liquidity than if you invest directly into property
  • Diversification through the multiple properties held in the fund

BONDS AND SUKUK:

As an alternative to an IPO, companies can raise capital by issuing a conventional bond or a Sukuk (Shariah-compliant bond). The issuer must pay back the capital at an agreed date and in the meantime, depending on the terms, also makes other regular payments. Bond and Sukuk issuance grew rapidly in the Middle East in 2012 to USD 38.6 billion, a 26% increase over 2011.

Bonds and Sukuk with a value of more than USD 11 billion are listed on Nasdaq Dubai, making the exchange a leader in the sector. Its links with Euroclear and Clearstream, which provide international securities services for investors, provide excellent transfer and other facilities. The exchange’s other advantages for issuers include:

  • Minimum capital raise as little as USD 2 million
  • Choice of USD or other currency
  • Choice of single listing or programme of listings

Government and semi-government entities

Nasdaq Dubai is an ideal listing venue for government and semi-government entities. Listed status raises visibility and enhances the government’s reputation for transparency, supporting its ranking in international governance comparisons.

INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERINGS (IPOs):

  • Government can raise capital for growth while retaining control of the company (only 25% of the shares needs to be floated)
  • Government can sell some of its own shares in the IPO if it wishes
  • Government can choose the IPO share price itself
  • Unique access to regional and international investors facilitates active trading

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUSTS (REITs):

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are a type of property fund. They own and manage properties. Investors in REITs receive the income from these properties through dividend distributions.

Benefits of investing in REITs include:

  • Dividend yields historically higher than for shares
  • Simplicity - REITs are bought and sold on exchange just like shares
  • Lower costs than buying and selling property directly
  • Greater liquidity than if you invest directly into property
  • Diversification through the multiple properties held in the fund

BONDS AND SUKUK

As an alternative to an IPO, government and semi-government entities can raise capital by issuing a conventional bond or a Sukuk (a Shariah-compliant bond). The issuer must pay back the capital at an agreed date and in the meantime, depending on the terms, also makes other regular payments. Bond and Sukuk issuance grew rapidly grew rapidly in the Middle East in 2012 to USD 38.6 billion, a 26% increase over 2011.

Bonds and Sukuk with a value of more than USD 11 billion are listed on Nasdaq Dubai, making the exchange a leader in the sector. Its links with Euroclear and Clearstream, which provide international securities services for investors, provide excellent transfer and other facilities. The exchange’s other advantages for issuers include:

  • Choice of USD or other currency
  • Choice of single listing or programme of listings

Nasdaq Dubai IPO Guide

For All Listing Enquiries

Tahir Mahmood
Head of Business Development
T: +971 4 305 5468

Shana Marashi
Manager- Business Development & Projects
T: +971 4 305 5467

Email: business@nasdaqdubai.com

Membership Enquiries
Mansi Vivek
Senior Manager – Business Development
T: +971 4 305 5461
Email: membership@nasdaqdubai.com

Trading Enquiries
Market Operations
T: +971 4 305 5139
T: +971 4 305 5139
Email: trading@nasdaqdubai.com

Media Enquiries
Mark Fisher
Head of Corporate Communications
T: +971 50 624 5805
Email: corpcomm@nasdaqdubai.com