Established by a Government decree issued in May 1995, the Doha Securities Market (DSM) officially began operations on May 26, 1997. Since then, the exchange has grown to become one of the leading stock markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.
In June 2009, Qatar Holding, the strategic and direct investment arm of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), and the NYSE Euronext signed an agreement to form a major strategic partnership to establish the exchange as a world-class market. The DSM was renamed the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) on the conclusion of the deal.
The primary aim of the QSE is to support Qatar’s economy by providing a venue for capital raising for Qatari companies as part of their corporate strategy and to give investors a platform through which they can trade a variety of products in a transparent and efficient manner. The QSE also provides the public with access to market information and ensures correct disclosure of information.