The Dubai Financial Market (DFM) International Investor Roadshow in London successfully concluded on 22nd of April 2015. Organized in collaboration with Goldman Sachs International, the roadshow provided the strongest indication of the increased significance of DFM amongst international investors looking to utilize the various benefits DFM provides as the focal point of the financial sector in Dubai, the international financial hub with a multitude of opportunities. It also indicates listed companies’ enthusiasm to strengthen links with international investors.
Listed companies that took part in the roadshow included; Emaar Properties, Damac Properties, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Emaar Malls Group, Emirates REIT, Marka, Mashreq Bank, Aramex, Dubai Islamic Bank, DP World, Gulf General Investments Company and DFM Company.
His Excellency Essa Kazim, Chairman of DFM said, “DFM is committed to organizing international investor roadshows ever since we launched the first event in 2007, in a pioneering step amongst regional markets with the aim to promote our main product, the listed companies, amongst international investors. DFM-listed companies provide sizable opportunities as they post high growth in line with the strong performance of the economy. The total value of net profits of the listed companies increased 45% in 2014 to AED 27.7 billion. We are extremely delighted with the outstanding outcome of this successful event with this unprecedented number of participating companies. In addition to numerous companies that have constantly participated over the past years, the event attracted several newly listed companies on DFM in recognition of its role as an effective platform to connect with international investors. The valued presence of these companies has provided further indication of the diversification of investment opportunities on our market with a relatively better reflection of the diversified economy in Dubai. Moreover, the participation of international institutions with US$ 3 trillion assets under management globally is an undisputed vote of confidence from these institutions, and emerging market funds in particular, which are increasingly looking at our market as an effective investment platform that enables them to participate in the significant success story of Dubai, which gains further momentum year after year.”
Commenting on this, Adel Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia said, “As the only listed airline on the Dubai Financial Market, we are delighted to have the opportunity to join hands with DFM and share our success story with investors in London during this roadshow. Following the MSCI upgrade, the Dubai bourse is now followed on trading screens across the world and it is clear that City of London investors have a deep understanding of blue-chip DFM companies like Air Arabia and a strong interest in deploying capital into the UAE’s exchanges.”
Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts “Dubai Parks and Resorts was listed in December last year so participating in the DFM’s roadshow provided a great opportunity to meet with a wide range of London-based Emerging Market investors. The UAE’s status as an Emerging Market and its strong growth potential relative to global forecasts means there is growing interest in its investment opportunity for institutional investors. Dubai Parks and Resorts’ goal to fill the untapped theme park market in the Middle East and Indian subcontinent region by creating a world class multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination, generated positive feedback from investors.”
“At DIB, we welcome the opportunity to meet key investors seeking quality investments within the MENA region, and in particular, Dubai and the UAE”, said Dr. Adnan Chilwan, CEO DIB. “Whilst we are continuously approached by global investors for individual meetings at our offices, roadshows such as these unlock far greater potential and value for both the issuers and corporates as well as the investors and analysts in an effective and efficient manner. We congratulate DFM on ensuring the success of Dubai capital markets through such events and will remain committed to participate in and to support the exchange in the future events going forward.”
Amit Jain, Group Chief Operating Officer of Emaar Properties and Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Dubai said, “The international roadshows organized by DFM have played a central role in attracting inward investments by highlighting the strengths of Dubai and the positive performance of DFM-listed companies. The event serves as a strong platform for Emaar Properties to demonstrate its financial fundamentals to international investors and to underline Dubai as a safe investment destination for institutional and retail investors. Apart from providing milestone dividends to shareholders last year, Emaar set history with the record IPO of Emaar Malls. We are now entering the next era of growth, where the focus is on sustained value creation for all our stakeholders.”
Sylvain Vieujot, Executive Deputy Chairman of Emirates REIT Management (Private) Limited, said: “The DFM Roadshow has become an important calendar event for Emirates REIT as it provides an ideal platform to update international investors on our performance and shed light on our growth outlook. The event has developed a stellar reputation for bringing together prominent companies and showcasing compelling propositions that are able to draw the attention of the global investor community. We are pleased to take part in the event and to be given the opportunity to present the Dubai success story at a distinguished forum.”
Wassim Younan, CEO of Goldman Sachs Middle East said, “It is a privilege to work alongside the DFM to help arrange this informative roadshow for the 2nd year running. The roadshow offers an effective forum for our global investor clients to interact with the senior management from this group of DFM listed companies. We would like to thank the senior leadership of the DFM, all the participating Dubai based corporates, together with our investor client attendees for giving us the opportunity to host this important event.”