DGCX Signs MoU with Global Islamic Financial Services Firm to Promote Shari’ah Contracts

  • Global Islamic Financial Services Firm (GIFS) to collaborate with DGCX to develop Islamic future contracts and products
  • MoU will promote DGCX’s Shariah gold contract and expand the provision of innovative, market-leading services and products in adherence to Islamic finance principles

The Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX), the region’s leading derivatives exchange, has signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Global Islamic Financial Services (GIFS) to partner on the future development of Islamic derivatives and commodities, as well as promote the DGCX’s Shari’ah gold contract, which adheres to Shari’ah principles for the ownership of gold.

Under the MoU, both organizations will collaborate on areas of mutual benefit, including the development of Islamic future contracts and products, and the sales and promotion of Islamic financial products. The agreement will also provide DGGX and GIFS with opportunities to schedule visits, meetings, and workshops to facilitate consideration of new products and services across innovative, emerging areas of Islamic finance.

Les Male, CEO of DGCX, said: “As the Islamic economy grows in the UAE, wider region and in a growing number of world markets, the signing of an MoU with the Global Islamic Financial Services firm represents an exciting development for the DGCX, as we seek to diversify our suite of Shari’ah compliant finance products and services. The MoU presents both parties with significant opportunities to enrich the global market for Islamic finance and collaborate on the development of relevant, innovative new financial products to market participants.”

Mufti Ismail Desai, CEO, of the Global Islamic Financial Services Firm, said: “With the advancement and development of Islamic Finance in the UAE and globally, we at GIFS seek to enhance the industry through the development of unique and innovative structured financial and investment products that are Shariah Compliant. This collaboration between GIFS and DGCX presents a unique opportunity to provide a truly unique and innovative suite of Shariah Compliant financial solutions in the region and globally. Our global clients from over 26 countries ranging from banks, asset management firms, Takafol companies and Governments including Central Banks can now access these unique shariah solutions via the DGCX platform under this momentous partnership.

Earlier this year, the DGCX announced that it was exploring opportunities to launch a new Shari’ah based Silver Futures Contract, owing to the growing popularity of the silver metal as well the growing demand for Islamic financial products.

About DGCX:

The Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX) is the region’s leading derivatives exchange and has played a pioneering role in developing the regional market for derivatives trading, clearing and settlement. 

The DGCX owns and operates the region’s largest and only multi-asset Clearing House – Dubai Commodities Clearing Corporation (DCCC). DGCX & DCCC are regulated by the Securities & Commodities Authority (SCA). It is recognised as a licensed Central Clearing-Counterparty (CCP) by SCA and a Third-Country CCP by European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA).

The DGCX’s strategic geographic location in Dubai between the Far East, Europe and Africa serves as a unique, global window for traders and investors. With over 100 members across the world, the DGCX drives liquidity in the market by offering a broad range of futures and options contracts covering base and precious metals – including the world’s only Shari’ah Compliant Spot Gold Contract – hydrocarbons, equities and currencies.

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Daniel Chinoy

Weber Shandwick PR

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