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The Dubai Financial Market (DFM) is a stock exchange situated in Dubai. It was established as a public institution. Approximately 60 companies are listed (as of August 2007) on DFM, majority of them local UAE based companies and a few from other Gulf countries with dual listings, most of them allowing foreigners to own their shares. The total market cap is around $360bn.

The Dubai Financial Market operates as a secondary market, managing trade of securities issued by public joint-stock companies, bonds issued by the federal or local governments and/or public institutions in the country, units of investment funds and any other local or foreign financial instruments, which are accepted by the Market.


The main objective of Dubai Financial Market is to create a fair, efficient, liquid and transparent marketplace that offers options through the best utilization of available resources.

Protecting investors from unfair and improper practices, DFM also regulates the routine of trading in securities. With the interaction of supply and demand on the basis of fair and equitable trading routines between investors, DFM also plays a prominent part in developing highest liquidity in the marketplace. DFM also implements rules of professional conduct and discipline between brokers and DFM staff to maintain a high level of integrity in the market.

Investing in DFM

Daily routines of trading, clearance and settlement in DFM are implemented with the help of two integrated systems, namely Clearance & Settlement System (CSS) and Trading System. As evident from the name itself, CSS is usually used in clearance and settlement of business. On the other hand, trading system is more often used by brokers for their daily routines. It helps them to monitor spot orders of buy and sell.

Trading procedures

If you are interested in trading at DFM, first and foremost you should get your investor number from DFM. For that, you have to submit the Investor Number Form at the Investor Services Office. You can also take the help of a DFM accredited broker in this regard. You also need to open an account with a DFM accredited user by filling in the account opening form. If you are non-UAE nationals, you need to submit copy of passport, labor card and birth certificate with Investor Number Form and Account Opening Form.

Trading system

Identical to most of the world’s major stock exchanges, DFM also operates on an automated screen-based trading system. There are plenty of benefits attached with this sort of trading system as compared to the conventional floor trading system in terms of transparency, liquidity and trading of prices. Feature wise, trading system of DFM is an order driven system, which not only matches buying and selling orders of the investors but also displays information regarding present and historical trading activity. It includes prices, trading volumes and outstanding buying and selling orders.

Trading sessions

Trading sessions in DFM begin from Saturday to Thursday (except public holidays in the UAE) as mentioned below:

Pre-Opening Session

09:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Trading Session

10:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Broker offices

You can easily contact DFM accredited brokers as all of them have offices on the trading floor of DFM. You can have multiple accounts with different account numbers with more than one broker. If you are below the age of 18 and interested in trading at DFM you can do so but only with the existence of a guardian who will offer instructions on the minor’s behalf.

Official Website: http://www.dfm.ae/

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