DFM & DWTC to jointly host MENA IPO Summit – Dubai from 23rd to 25th Jan

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) have partnered to host the MENA IPO Summit – Dubai, an essential new platform set to unite the entire IPO value chain and the region’s only IPO-focused summit.

The inaugural Summit will shed light on the strong impetus and promising prospects of the initial public offerings (IPOs) sector in Dubai.

The launch of this event series comes to Dubai and the wider region’s investment community following record IPO activity, such as the large-scale initial public offerings which have been a mainstay of the regional business landscape in 2022 and the expected momentum in 2023.

During 2022, DFM has strengthened its role in empowering economic development in Dubai and the UAE, as an efficient fund-raising platform through IPOs and listings of five government-related and private sector leading issuers namely, DEWA, Tecom, Salik, Empower and Taaleem. These companies have successfully raised more than $48.4 billion and their IPOs witnessed remarkable oversubscriptions drawing $183 billion of subscribed amounts.

Hamed Ali
Hamed Ali
CEO – DFM & Nasdaq Dubai

“With the increased momentum in Dubai capital markets in terms of listings and investors’ engagement, we are delighted to launch the MENA IPO Summit – Dubai as an important catalyst to exploring market opportunities in collaboration with the capital market and IPO experts. DFM’s primary focus continues to be to develop a vibrant and progressive capital market ecosystem in partnership with all market stakeholders.”

Taking place from the 23rd to 25th of January 2023 at The Museum of the Future, the Summit will gather industry experts who will share first-hand knowledge of the IPO process and the opportunities and challenges of becoming a public company, as well as how to advance ESG agendas. It will also showcase a roadmap for startups and SMEs in Dubai, including expertise around its regulatory environment, business culture and capital opportunities for scaling ventures through to an IPO.

The Summit will provide a platform for industry-shaping discussions, providing institutional investors, family businesses and startups with the opportunity to explore the latest regulations, best practices, and market trends in the Dubai capital market as well as learn about recent regional IPO success stories. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with key IPO issuers and thought leaders from the investment and capital market industry.

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