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Dubai Mercantile Exchange Welcomes Saudi Tadawul Group as New Strategic Shareholder
Thursday, June 27, 2024

  • The acquisition sees Saudi Tadawul Group Holding Company become the joint largest shareholder in DME Holdings Limited, the parent company of Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME), alongside CME Group, through the acquisition of a mix of new and existing shares.
  • DME will be rebranded as the Gulf Mercantile Exchange (GME) to reflect its position as the key regional commodities exchange in the Middle East.
  • Completion of the acquisition follows receipt of all regulatory approvals, including the Dubai Financial Services Authority, as well as the satisfaction of other customary commercial conditions.

Further to the announcement made on 18 January 2024 with respect to a binding agreement to acquire a 32.6% strategic stake in DME Holdings Limited, Saudi Tadawul Group Holding Company (the Group), a leading diversified capital markets group in the MENA region, is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition in DME Holdings Limited, one of the leading international commodities exchanges.  As a result of the transaction, the Group is the joint largest shareholder in DME Holdings Limited alongside CME Group, with other shareholders including the Oman Investment Authority and Dubai Holding as well as global financial and commercial industry leaders. Consequently, DME will be rebranded as the GME.

The investment from the Group represents a significant opportunity to leverage world-class capabilities and expertise, accelerating GME’s growth as a regional commodities leader that is well-positioned to capture global commodity demand. It will support a strategic move towards leveraging the Middle East’s geographic proximity to both key commodity production hubs and end-markets, with GME serving as a bridge between production and end-markets. Furthermore, the partnership will enable GME to capture demand for energy, metals, and agricultural commodity markets and support the ongoing global transition to a sustainable economy through the launch of next-generation derivatives contracts