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Our partnership with the Middle East

London Stock Exchange has been a key partner to the Middle East in its efforts to integrate the region’s domestic capital markets and economies with the world’s. We are currently the number one exchange for companies seeking to list equity internationally, having hosted more IPOs from the region than any other stock exchange globally.


Supporting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030

  1. FTSE Emerging Index Series (Saudi Arabia)
    In the spirit of building partnerships and fuelling the evolution of capital markets in the Middle East, London Stock Exchange Group has supported the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in achieving a key pillar of its Vision 2030. The Kingdom’s transition from Unclassified to Secondary Emerging Market status by FTSE Russell has helped expedite the CMA’s agenda of internationalizing and reforming its capital market. The move is expected to attract an incremental estimated $6-7bn. Upon completion, Saudi Arabia is expected to be the largest capital markets within Middle East and Africa and comprise circa 3% of the FTSE Emerging index. You can read more about the FTSE Saudi Arabia index here.
  2. The Leading International Sukuk Financier
    Over 60 Sukuk have been issued on our markets raising over $50bn.
  3. Saudi Aramco’s debut bond
    In 2019, we welcomed the inaugural $12bn debut bond from Saudi Arabian Oil Company (ARAMCO). This was a landmark issuance from Saudi Aramco, which is currently the largest emerging market bond and largest corporate bond ever issued from the Middle East. Saudi Aramco's decision to list this landmark transaction on our markets reflects the confidence in London Stock Exchange to cater to international investor demand for marquee transactions and the UK’s position as a global financial centre, with a robust but fair regulatory regime.

Find out about companies we have welcomed to our markets

London Stock Exchange welcomes Egypt’s sovereign green bond to the Sustainable Bond Market

The Arab Republic of Egypt celebrated the listing of its US$750mn 5.25% note, due October 2025, by opening London’s markets for trading today. The transaction, which represents the first sovereign green bond issuance from the Middle East & North Africa, was well received by the market, with a high quality orderbook in excess of US$3.8bn. The strong demand from global investors for the paper

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London Stock Exchange welcomes the listing of Almalia Sanlam Active Shariah Global Equity UCITS ETF

London Stock Exchange has welcomed the listing of Almalia Sanlam Active Shariah Global Equity UCITS ETF (ticker: AMAL). 

The Almalia Sanlam Active Shariah Global Equity UCITS ETF (the ETF) will launch via the HANetf platform and will be the world’s first active global equity Shariah-compliant ETF .

Almalia has selected Sanlam Investments UK to manage the assets of the E

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London Stock Exchange welcomes Qatar National Bank celebrating its inaugural sustainable Green Bond

London Stock Exchange today welcomes the Qatar National Bank (“QNB Group”) issuing their USD 600 million 1.625% note due September 2025 on London Stock Exchange’s Main Market. The deal was 3 times oversubscribed, receiving orders of $1.8bn from global and dedicated ESG investors.

This transaction makes QNB Group the first issuer from Qatar to issue a green bond, in line with its susta

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Meet the team

Gokul Mani

Head of Middle East, Africa, India, Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange plc


Tom Attenborough

Head of International Business Development, Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange, plc


Charlie Walker

Head of Equity Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange plc