Dow Jones Indexes has licensed its GCC Titans 50 Total Return index to the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), to underlie the first ETF in the United Arab Emirates market.
The ETF will be listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange once the fund has received regulatory approval, which the NBAD believes is imminent.
The GCC Titans blue-chip index measures the performance of the 50 leading component stocks traded in six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, comprising Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
To be eligible for inclusion in the index, a stock must have an average daily trading volume of at least $500,000. The index includes the three largest companies of each of the six GCC member states, while the remaining 32 components are selected top-down, weighted by market capitalisation.
NBAD Asset Management Group chief investment officer Alan Durrant says: "We believe that an ETF that provides timely, cost effective access to a broad GCC portfolio will prove very popular with local investors."
He says: "In addition, it is clear that international interest in the Gulf is growing and an ETF can provide a way for global institutions to invest in our region."
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