Traditionally, companies, governments and financial institutions have looked to the international capital markets to meet their financing needs. However, with the advent of the regional stock markets, there has been an increasing flow of IPOs and listings on the regional exchanges. At the same time, regional investors have required liquid and efficient markets to absorb the rapidly growing stock of financial assets accumulating in pensions, life funds, collective investment schemes and other savings vehicles.

DIFC is a platform for investment banks & financial intermediaries to service the capital markets of the region with:

  • Underwriting
  • M&A advisory
  • Venture capital
  • Private equity
  • Private banking
  • Trade finance
  • Brokerage service


DIFC is home to NASDAQ Dubai (formerly the Dubai International Financial Exchange) which lists equities, equity derivatives, structured products, sukuk (Islamic bonds) and conventional bonds. Through the exchange, regional and international issuers can access regional and international liquidity. International issuers can access capital from the region, through a primary or dual listing.