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Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed rings bell to celebrate listing of 913 million dollar Sukuk by Emirates Airline on Nasdaq Dubai

  • Listing underlines Dubai’s growth as global Capital of Islamic Economy
  • Nasdaq Dubai supports global visibility of airline’s Islamic capital-raising activities    

DUBAI, U.A.E., 3rd June 2015: His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, today rang the market-opening bell to celebrate the listing of a 913 million US dollar Sukuk by Emirates Airline on Nasdaq Dubai. 

The listing brings the total value of Sukuk listed on Dubai’s exchanges to 34.96 billion US dollars, reinforcing Dubai’s position as an international centre for Sukuk activity and underlining its growth as the global Capital of the Islamic Economy.

The bell ceremony took place in the presence of His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Secretary General of Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC),  and Chairman of Dubai Financial Market (DFM); Abdul Wahed Al Fahim, Chairman of Nasdaq Dubai; and Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of Nasdaq Dubai. 

Other guests present at the ceremony included Philip Parham, The British Ambassador to the UAE and Edward Hobart, UK Consul General to the UAE. Key stakeholders in the Sukuk transaction present at the ceremony included UK Export Finance, represented by Gareth Waterhouse, as well as senior representatives from eight banks.  A number of Emirates executives were also present. 

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said: "As Emirates continues to strengthen its global network and fleet, Nasdaq Dubai’s exceptional links to international and regional investors provide us with an effective platform to support our aircraft financing initiatives. Its stature as the international exchange serving our home region, operating to high regulatory standards, makes Nasdaq Dubai an ideal listing venue for Emirates. This transaction set many new milestones including being the first time that a Sukuk has been used to finance  and pre-fund the acquisition of our A380 aircraft. We are pleased with the tremendous response and confidence that investors have in Emirates, and will continue our strategy to maintain a diverse portfolio of financing sources. ” 

His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC, Secretary General of DIEDC and Chairman of DFM, said: "This Sukuk listing by one of the UAE’s most prominent and dynamic enterprises further advances the growth of Dubai as the global Capital of Islamic Economy, under the initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minster and Ruler of Dubai. Dubai’s exchanges will continue to strengthen their expertise and services in the Sukuk sector.”

Emirates Airline’s 913 million US dollar Sukuk listed on Nasdaq Dubai on April 1, 2015. It follows the airline’s listing of a one billion US dollar Sukuk on the exchange on March 20, 2013. 

Abdul Wahed Al Fahim, Chairman of Nasdaq Dubai, said: "The exchange is delighted to support the successful development of Dubai’s transportation sector through hosting this listing by Emirates Airline. We look forward to listing further Sukuk issued by regional and international companies active in a wide range of industry sectors.”

Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of Nasdaq Dubai, said: "Nasdaq Dubai is positioned to play an increasingly important role in the growth of Islamic products, as they broaden their appeal to investors in diverse regions of the world. Our global investor links and efficient exchange infrastructure complement our role as the international exchange located in the heart of the Moslem world.”

About Nasdaq Dubai
Nasdaq Dubai is the international financial exchange serving the region between Western Europe and East Asia. It welcomes regional as well as global issuers that seek regional and international investment. The exchange currently lists shares, derivatives, Sukuk (Islamic bonds), conventional bonds and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS).

The majority shareholder of Nasdaq Dubai is Dubai Financial Market with a two-thirds stake.  Borse Dubai owns one third of the shares. The regulator of Nasdaq Dubai is the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). Nasdaq Dubai is located in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

About Emirates 
Emirates, a global connector of people and places, has received more than 500 international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 146 destinations in 81 countries across six continents and is the world’s largest airline in available seat kilometres. Operating over 230 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including the industry leading aircraft A380, Emirates has pending delivery for an additional 278 aircraft, worth more than USD$135 billion. For more information please visit www.emirates.com