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.


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.

Government & 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)

  • Owners can raise capital for growth while retaining control of their company (only 25% of the shares need to be floated).

  • Established companies with a market cap above USD 250 million can apply for a main market listing. For a Growth Market listing, suited younger, rapidly growing companies any company valued below USD 250 million can apply.

  • 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 & 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.

Nasdaq Dubai’s links with Euroclear and Clearstream provides 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