+Listing supports Dubai’s growth as global capital of Islamic economy
Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) has rung the market-opening bell at Nasdaq Dubai to celebrate a sukuk listing of US$1 billion. The listing, carried out under DIB’s US$5 billion Sukuk Programme, was the largest senior sukuk issuance by a financial institution globally. It brings the total value of DIB’s current sukuk listings on Nasdaq Dubai to US$4.25 billion, more than any other UAE issuer.
DIB is the UAE’s largest Islamic bank and a pioneer globally in promoting Islamic financing solutions. This issuance carries the additional accolade of being the largest-ever transaction of its kind by an Islamic bank in the history of Islamic capital markets.
Dr Adnan Chilwan, Group CEO, DIB said: “As a leading Islamic bank, we are committed to promoting successful Shari’ah-compliant financing solutions that support economic development in Dubai and the growth of its Islamic finance infrastructure. Nasdaq Dubai not only provides us with excellent links to investors both regionally and globally but also strong visibility in the marketplace with a well-regulated listing platform.”
The DIB Sukuk listing, which took place on February 15, 2017, raises the total value of all sukuk listed on Nasdaq Dubai to US$45.06 billion, further strengthening the exchange’s position as the world’s largest exchange for sukuk listings by value.
Abdul Wahed Al Fahim, Chairman of Nasdaq Dubai, said: “DIB is one of the key issuers on Nasdaq Dubai and our close relationship supports Dubai’s growth as the global capital of the Islamic economy, under the initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE VP and PM, and Ruler of Dubai. We are working to further strengthen our relationship with DIB as well as other regional and global Islamic finance institutions.”
Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of Nasdaq Dubai, said: “As we prepare for further growth in the sukuk sector regionally and globally, Nasdaq Dubai will constantly enhance its listing processes and links to investors. We aim to provide issuers with maximum flexibility and streamlined procedures before listing, as well as efficient post-listing infrastructure and visibility.”
DIB’s earlier sukuk listings on Nasdaq Dubai comprise a US$1 billion listing in 2013, two listings in 2015 respectively of US$750 million and US$1 billion, and a listing in 2016 of US$500 million.