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How to Trade

The Dubai Financial Market (DFM) is committed to providing investors various information resources and tools to facilitate making informed investment decisions.

This section in brief outlines how to trade on DFM and Nasdaq Dubai listed securities through the Dubai Financial Market, whether you are new to the DFM and are looking to open an Investor Account, or an existing investor looking to manage your portfolio more effectively.

The Dubai Financial Market (DFM) and Nasdaq Dubai are open to investors of any nationality based in any country. Any individual or institution can apply for an Investor Number (NIN) with the Dubai CSD in order to trade both DFM and Nasdaq Dubai listed securities.

You can apply for an Investor Number (NIN) and start trading by following the steps below:

Complete the Investor Number Request Form which requires the investor’s signature and stamp (if applicable) with supporting documentation.

The form can be downloaded here or completed in person at the Dubai CSD Investor Affairs, Trading Floor, World Trade Centre, Dubai, at a DFM licensed brokerage or a Nasdaq Dubai-licensed brokerage.

Submit the completed form with supporting documentation via one of the options below:

Online (eServices):

  • The completed form can be submitted online via eServices at www.dfm.ae 
    (If you have not already registered for eServices, please register at www.dfm.ae 

Dubai CSD Investor Affairs desk at the DFM Trading Floor

  • Dubai Financial Market, Ground Floor, Dubai World Trade Centre, Tel: +971 4 305 5555.
  • The Dubai CSD Investor Affairs desk is open from 8.00am to 2.00pm, Sunday to Thursday.
  • Your Investor Number (NIN) will be processed on the same day.

A Broker

  • Submit the completed form and supporting documents to a licensed DFM broker or a common member broker and they will obtain an Investor Number (NIN) on your behalf from the DFM. 

    View list of DFM Brokers at www.dfm.ae

After obtaining an Investor Number (NIN) from Dubai CSD, in order to trade DFM and Nasdaq Dubai listed securities, the investor should appoint a relevant exchange licensed broker to open a trading account and complete the necessary forms for this purpose.

The exchange licensed broker acts as an intermediary who carries out the trading transaction (selling and buying) at the instruction of their client.

To select a brokerage firm, view the full list of licensed brokerage firms, including common members across DFM and Nasdaq Dubai and their services in Brokerage Firms.

Once you have obtained an Investor Number (NIN) and appointed a broker to trade through, you can monitor the trading data of DFM and Nasdaq Dubai listed securities on a single trading platform from the trading screens located on the DFM trading floor or online at www.dfm.ae by registering for real-time data access.

DFM and Nasdaq Dubai together provide a wide choice of financial instruments to investors which include listed equities, bonds and Sukuk across the two exchanges and derivatives on Nasdaq Dubai, as well as other financial instruments which are currently being developed including ETFs, rights issues and covered warrants.

Investors can trade in person or via an authorized representative on the DFM Trading Floor during the trading session period. This is the period in which orders are entered, modified or cancelled, and transactions executed. It is divided into three sessions:

Start Time End Time
1 Pre-opening session 09:30 10:00
2 Continuous trading session 10:00  13:50 
 3 Pre-closing session13:5014:00 

Additionally, DFM and Nasdaq Dubai provide an online trading service through licensed brokers. Online trading is a tailored solution offered by the brokerage firms which meets investors’ financial needs, providing them with round-the-clock access to market information and also enables them to trade DFM and Nasdaq Dubai listed securities from home or from the office.

An investor wishing to benefit from this service should refer to a licensed broker to provide such services.

As part of our commitment to providing investors with the latest in digitally advanced services, Dubai Financial Market (DFM) provides a wide range of online “eServices” to meet the evolving needs of its investors, by simply registering here.

Real Time Data

on DFM and Nasdaq Dubai listed securities


online statements


Track your stock portfolio and transactions instantly online with 24/7 access. View various types of statements with up to date information.


Submit and track online requests to DFM for various types of services. These include and are not limited to:
Download the How to Trade on DFM and Nasdaq Dubai Guide.