About Qatar Stock Exchange

The launching of Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) has represented a significant milestone in the history of Qatar’s capital markets. Since inception, QSE has been the core of the ongoing development of Qatar’s capital markets.

The QSE achieved remarkable progress as a platform for economic diversification and sustainable development. These achievements are evidenced by the trading performance and infrastructure improvements, social responsibility activities and the promotion of investment awareness, sound disclosure and IR practices, and the improvement of services and investment products.

 

  • 1995
     
     

    Established in 1995, Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) officially started its manual operations in 1997 with 17 listed companies, under the name of Doha Securities Market (DSM). Since then the exchange has grown to become one of the leading stock markets in the GCC region.

  • 2001
     
     

    In 2001, QSE implemented its first automated trading system (Horizon).

  • 2002
     
     

    In 2002, QSE’s first website has been launched.

  • 2005
     
     

    An Amiri decree has been issued in 2005 allowing foreign investors to buy listed companies’ shares up to 25% of the free float.

  • 2006
     
     

    In 2006, seven new issues (IPO & Rights Issue) with a total amount of QR 10.8 billion were offered. New Daily Price Change Limit: Effective from July 11, 2006, the daily share price limit has changed from 5% to 10% (up or down).

    On June 7, 2006, QSE was accepted as an Affiliate member of the International Organization of Securities Commission (IOSCO).

  • 2007
     
     

    In 2007, the World Federation of Exchanges accepted QSE as a Correspondent Member of the Federation during its annual Board of Directors’ meeting which was held in Shanghai, China on October 14, 2007.

  • 2008
     
     

    In 2008 witnessed many important events. The market reacted positively to these events and at the same time, it implemented plans that focused on vertical development by investing in the development of manpower, technology and legislations, as well as on horizontal development by increasing the number of listed companies.

  • 2009
     
     

    In 2009, Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), and NYSE Euronext, signed an agreement to form a world-class market. The DSM was renamed to Qatar Stock Exchange on the conclusion of the deal, marking the start of a new era in the history of the Exchange’s development.

  • 2010
     
     

    In 2010, QSE has implemented its new state-of-the-art trading platform (UTP), which is currently in use by NYSE and Euronext exchanges across Europe and the US.

  • 2011
     
     

    In 2011 witnessed another major milestone in QSE’s strive to develop Doha as a world-class financial center, by launching the Debt-Market and listing of the first tranche of Treasury-Bills as well as launching the DVP settlement process.

  • 2012
     
     

    In 2012, QSE announced the QSE Venture Market readiness to list SMEs, aims at providing a finance platform for the development of this sector in the Economy.

  • 2013
     
     

    In 2013, QSE was on a date with a great achievement in its history by being upgraded by MSCI to the emerging market status, effective May 2014. Also, upgraded by S&P Dow Jones to EM status. Also 2013 witnessed another big successes for QSE such as, Bonds listing, full membership in the WFE, QSE’s CEO became member of the WFE’s board.

  • 2015
     
     

    In 2015, QSE has been upgraded by FTSE to emerging market status.

  • 2016
     
     

    Year 2016, QSE has joined the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative of the United Nations (SSEI).

  • 2018
     
     

    In 2018 witnessed huge accomplishments by QSE such as being ranked as the best performing exchange amongst emerging and developed markets in the world, QSE attracted net foreign inflows of 2.5 billion dollars. In addition, QSE has listed the first 2 ETFs in Qatar and the largest in the GCC.

    QSE launched its Sustainability and ESG platform to be the first in the region and of pioneering exchanges globally to promote ESG standards.

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