DGCX commenced trading in November 2005 as the Middle East’s first commodity derivatives exchange and has become today, the leading derivatives exchange in the region. DGCX has almost 267 members and 64 clearing members from a range of financial centres such as Zurich, London, Chicago, Singapore, Mumbai and Karachi, as well as the UAE. The DGCX's goal is to ensure that DGCX is the ‘market of choice’ in the region, by listening to the needs of both existing and new market participants to provide the contracts that they wish to trade. DGCX volumes have grown consistently, driven by its ability to offer liquid, competitively priced and easily accessible products within a safe and secure trading environment. DGCX experienced strong growth in the first seven years of operation, with year on year volumes increasing by 48% in 2007, 26% in 2008, 32% in 2009, 28% in 2010,110% in 2011 and 143% 2012.