To buy or sell stocks, bonds, futures, options or other securities, you need to place an order through a third party that can transact business with the exchange where the security is traded. The primary option would be to find a broker, investment advisor or exchange member that is authorized to place trades on a Middle Eastern exchange.
A stock broker or commodity broker could be local to where the exchange is located, outside of the country where the exchange is located or it could even be an online trading platform. Dependent upon where you want to invest, it may be challenging to understand your trading options so it is helpful to utilize a broker listing resource to know what your best options may be.
Our broker listing resource is country specific to where the exchange is located. There are brokers, investment advisors and trading platform options for Middle Eastern exchanges in Bahrain, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
To learn more about which brokers have the ability to trade in each country, click on a country link above to begin your search.
The Middle East has become a popular investment location, given its extensive energy resources and growing population. Turkey is recognized as an advanced emerging market while most other countries in the region range from frontier markets to secondary emerging markets. Positive changes are occurring but continuing to recognize problems, correcting errors, reducing unnecessary cost, improving efficiency and diversification will be important themes for the region.
The region’s heavy reliance on the oil sector needs to change and investments need to diversify into more non-oil sectors to provide consistent and sustainable growth. While many countries in the region continue to rely on crude oil to primarily support their growth, some forward-looking governments have spent their large budget surpluses on public works and other projects to stimulate their domestic economies. Others have enacted changes that could encourage investment and growth over the coming years.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a political and economic union for all the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, with the exception of Iraq. The GCC real estate sector is one of the fastest growing in the world. Within it, the sub-sector of asset management services is showing the fastest growth rates and best opportunities to deliver services to an underserved, young market.
Saudi Arabia is most widely known amongst investors as the dominant country in the oil industry, with roughly one-fifth of the world's supply. Despite this, the Saudi government is actively trying to diversify its economy and promote growth through privatization. One notable privatization will be the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), which is expected in 2018.
Israel is one of the most advanced countries in the Middle East in both economic and industrial development. With a robust and growing economy, Israel has the world's largest number of start-ups and Nasdaq listed companies, outside of North America. Israel is a world leader in software, telecommunications, semiconductors and pharmaceuticals.
Turkey is one of the most promising economies in the world, serving as a key intermediary between Europe and Asia. In 2016, it had GDP growth of 2.9%, reaching $858 billion, which was 17th in the world. The economy has surged so far in 2017 due to an expansionary fiscal policy and healthy export growth fueled by the weaker lira.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has done well with its strong commitment towards diversifying its investments and finding new revenue engines. Amongst the regional markets, Dubai and Abu Dhabi have emerged as some of the strongest markets due to their international projects, support of entrepreneurship, foreign investment flows and growing populations.