Islamic Development Bank rings Nasdaq Dubai's market-opening bell to celebrate US$1.7bln Sukuk listing

The issuance reinforces the Bank's position on top of Nasdaq Dubai's supranational Sukuk issuers

  
Islamic Development Bank rings Nasdaq Dubai's market-opening bell to celebrate US$1.7bln Sukuk listing
  • Total value of Sukuk listings on Dubai capital markets, one of the largest Sukuk listing venues globally, reaches US$ 80.1 billion

Dubai : Dr. Zamir Iqbal, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), today rang Nasdaq Dubai’s market-opening bell to celebrate the listing of a US$ 1.7 billion Sukuk on the region's international financial exchange.

The listing strengthens the IsDB’s position as the largest supranational Sukuk issuer on Nasdaq Dubai with a total value of US$ 18.8 billion through 13 issuances listed on the exchange since 2016.

The bell-ringing ceremony was attended by Hamed Ali, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nasdaq Dubai and Deputy CEO of the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) as well as other senior executives from both sides.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Zamir Iqbal, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), said: "We are pleased to see our relationship with Nasdaq Dubai growing stronger with this new listing of our landmark Sukuk issuance, which reaffirms IsDB’s commitment to mobilize sustainable capital flows on the back of our top-tier AAA-rating and provide cost-effective financing for our Member Countries’ recovery from the pandemic. We would like to thank Nasdaq Dubai for providing an international platform for our Islamic debt securities and our investors who continue to subscribe to our Sukuk issuances and place their trust in IsDB’s mission of sustainable social and economic development.”

From his side, Hamed Ali, CEO of Nasdaq Dubai, said: “We are pleased to welcome this new issuance from IsDB, the leading multilateral financial institution, which underlines their deep confidence in Nasdaq Dubai’s world-class infrastructure and regulations that have successfully created a favorable marketplace to promote growth of Islamic capital markets. We are committed to continuous progression of Nasdaq Dubai’s regulations and services to support prominent issuers in implementing their financing and growth plans and linking them with regional and international investors who are seeking lucrative investments in this sector.”

This issuance is the second listing by the Islamic Development Bank on Nasdaq Dubai in 2021, as the Bank listed its second Sustainability Sukuk issuance of US$ 2.5 billion in April 2021, fortifying Dubai’s position as one of the largest Sukuk listing venues globally, with a total value of US$ 80.1 billion. It has also increased the total value of fixed income listings on the exchange to US$ 108.8 billion.

It is noteworthy that the 5-year Sukuk issuance of IsDB attracted more than US$ 2.4 billion worth of orders. Proceeds of the Sukuk will be utilized for the development mandate of the Bank, which also includes its wide-ranging response to financing the recovery from the pandemic for its Member Countries.

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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 Islamic Development Bank: IsDB is a AAA-rated supranational and multilateral development financial institution with 57 Member Countries and a mandate of delivering social and economic development with a focus on sustainability in its Member Countries and Muslim communities worldwide. Its overarching pillars of activity include alleviating poverty, promoting human development and science & technology, Islamic banking and finance and enhancing cooperation amongst Member Countries in collaboration with global development partners.

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