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Dubai Financial Market Migrates to New Trading Platform from NASDAQ OMX


Stockholm, November 4, 2009 - The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ) today reported that Dubai Financial Market (DFM) has successfully completed migration to its new trading platform from NASDAQ OMX. DFM's system launch, which took place on October 29, received immediate positive acknowledgement from participating members and the investing public. The trading platform from NASDAQ OMX replaces DFM's previous system, also from NASDAQ OMX, and is designed to create a more efficient marketplace and trading experience for DFM members. The system enables trading of cash equities with potential for derivatives products. Lars Ottersgård, Senior Vice President NASDAQ OMX Market Technology said, “DFM's system launch marks an important day in Dubai's exchange history, and will act as a driver of the development of the regional marketplace. Through its system upgrade DFM will be able to offer its members significant capacity and latency advantages and the ability to more quickly and easily introduce new products”. Hassan Al Serkal, Senior Vice President & Chief Operations Officer (COO) - Operations Division, Dubai Financial Market said, “We are very pleased to have rolled out a high-end trading platform that we are confident will act as a springboard to a more efficient, liquid and thus attractive market. NASDAQ OMX' technology track record in the Middle East speaks for itself and we look forward to benefiting from a system that will put our exchange at the technology forefront”. NASDAQ OMX has eleven customers in the Middle East region and earlier this year opened a regional office in Dubai driving new business endeavors and supporting existing customers in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. About Dubai Financial Market Dubai Financial Market (DFM) was established as a public institution having its own independent corporate body. DFM operates as a secondary market for the trading of securities issued by public shareholding companies, bonds issued by the federal Government or any of the local Governments and public institutions in the country, units of investment funds and any other financial instruments, local or foreign, which are accepted by the market. The DFM commenced operations on March 26, 2000. Following its initial public offering in November 2006, when DFM offered 1.6 billion shares, representing 20 per cent of its paid-up capital of AED 8 billion, DFM became a public joint stock company. Following the IPO, the Government of Dubai retained the remaining 80 per cent of DFM Company through Borse Dubai Limited. About NASDAQ OMX The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world's largest exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology and public company services across six continents, with over 3,700 listed companies. NASDAQ OMX offers multiple capital raising solutions to companies around the globe, including its U.S. listings market, NASDAQ OMX Nordic, NASDAQ OMX Baltic, NASDAQ OMX First North, and the U.S. 144A sector. The company offers trading across multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products and exchange-traded funds. NASDAQ OMX technology supports the operations of over 70 exchanges, clearing organizations and central securities depositories in more than 50 countries. NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic are not legal entities but describe the common offering from NASDAQ OMX exchanges in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Iceland, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. For more information about NASDAQ OMX, visit

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