Dubai Financial Market inaugurates its educational trading floor at Dubai Men's College

Dubai Financial Market inaugurates its educational trading floor at Dubai Men's College

30/01/2012

Dubai Financial Market (DFM) today announced the inauguration of its educational trading floor at Dubai Men's College, a leading initiative amongst the regional financial markets. This development reaffirms the exchange's commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and continuous efforts to enhance the educational environment through linking theoretical studies with practical experience and offering the students an opportunity to learn interactively.

As a micro version of the Dubai Financial Market's main trading floor, the new educational facility at Dubai Men's College includes two screens and a ticker directly linked with the DFM's trading engine to display the trading activity and real time market data. The walls of the trading floor have been designed to reflect the precise look and feel of DFM's trading floor.

As part of its plans to enhance the effectiveness of the educational trading floor the Dubai Financial Market plans to regularly organize interactive workshops in cooperation with renowned experts to train students and deepen their knowledge of financial markets.

Jamal Ibrahim Al Khadhar, Senior Vice President, Head of Strategic Planning and Human Resources Division, Dubai Financial Market said: "The Dubai Financial Market is fully committed to Corporate Social Responsibility on various levels and particularly through the high level collaborations with educational institutions in the UAE to fully support the educational efforts of these institutions and provide the necessary training for students to prepare them for the job market. We believe the new educational trading floor undoubtedly cements the leading role of the DFM Stock Game, the most popular competition amongst school and university students in the UAE as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the competition this year. Additionally, this initiative is a key pillar of the Dubai Financial Market educational program aimed at preparing the new generation of investors. The students can follow live trading and participate in the DFM Stock Game and win competition prizes. Most importantly, the planned workshops and seminars will provide them the opportunity to directly interact with the financial experts”.

"The Dubai Financial Market is currently putting the final touches on a similar project that will see the exchange inaugurating yet another educational trading floor at The American University in the UAE over the next two months, in light of the enthusiasm and interaction showed by the students of the Dubai Men's College and the positive reactions on the role of this project in putting theoretical studies into practice and educating students on the financial markets", Al Khadhar said.

"In fact, the efforts of the Dubai Financial Market would not have had such phenomenal success without the concerted efforts of various educational institutions in the UAE in general, and the Dubai Men's College in particular. I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to this leading institution for their cooperation to see this initiative accomplished. I would also like to thank the financial institutions particularly SHUAA Capital and MAC Capital which have cooperated with us to deliver this social initiative successfully by contributing some of their key financial experts to lecture students ", he concluded.

Dr Leo Chavez, Director of Dubai Men’s College said: “Dubai Men’s College is delighted to be partnering Dubai Financial Market in this initiative.  It is important for our students to understand both the opportunities and risks of stock market operations and the real life experience offered by the Educational Trading Floor is an excellent way to do this.  We look forward to building on our relationship with DFM in the future for the benefit of our students and the wider community.”