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DFM inaugurates REITs trading

listing of 'Al Mal Capital REIT'

DFM inaugurates REITs trading

Dubai Financial Market (DFM) today hosted a bell-ringing ceremony to celebrate the commencement of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) trading with the listing of Al Mal Capital’s REIT.

The introduction of REITs is a key milestone in DFM’s journey to diversify product offering and asset classes, broadening the scope of opportunities offered to its vast investor base of local and international investors.

Khalid bin Kalban, Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Investments and Chairman of Al Mal Capital, rang the market opening bell in the presence of Essa Kazim, Chairman of DFM, Hassan Al Serkal, CEO of DFM, Naser Al Nabulsi, Vice Chairman and CEO of Al Mal Capital and Hamed Ali, CEO of Nasdaq Dubai and Deputy CEO of DFM.

The listing culminates the successful floating of the new fund by Al Mal Capital, a subsidiary of Dubai Investments, in November 2020. The company will invest the AED350 million proceeds of this fund in a Sharia-compliant diversified portfolio of income-generating properties that serve different sectors such as; healthcare, education and industrial assets, with a target annual return of 7 per cent.

Kazim said, “The commencement of REITs trading through the listing of Al Mal Capital REIT reinforces DFM’s product offering diversification strategy, providing investors with new opportunities. Today’s listing is a key foundation for this new asset class. We are looking forward to seeing it gaining momentum during the coming period in line with REIT’s strong presence globally and to truly reflect the magnitude, quality and expansion of the real estate sector in Dubai by encouraging the establishment and listing of more REITs in the future.”

For his part, Kalban said, “We are excited to bring to the market and celebrate the successful listing of the first REIT IPO on DFM. The listing on DFM is pivotal to Al Mal Capital REIT, as the exchange is strategically located in the heart of the GCC. This provides us with the opportunity to serve investors across local and regional markets better while allowing them to capitalise on the various investment prospects available in the UAE’s diverse sectors.”

The comprehensive framework for listing and trading REITs on DFM is the outcome of wide-ranging cooperation between DFM, the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), and the Dubai Land Department (DLD). These regulations streamline property companies’ accessibility to the market by founding and listing REITs. The DFM has signed an MoU with the DLD as a general framework for their collaboration and draft attractive rules for creating, listing, and trading REITs in collaboration with the SCA.

Statistics show that REIT markets around the globe have been registering strong growth in recent years. REITs’ cumulative market capitalisation is approaching $2 trillion, as 35 countries now have active REITs legislation. REITs provide investors, mainly those who aren’t able to directly invest in the real estate sector, with the suitable vehicle to participate in this sector’s opportunities and returns by acquiring units of a REIT fund.–WAM

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