Photo Release -- Tadawul Bolsters Trading Technology, Extends Contract With NASDAQ OMX

NEW YORK and RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group (Nasdaq:NDAQ) and the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) have today entered into an agreement to upgrade Tadawul's current trading platform. As part of the agreement Tadawul will also continue to leverage the existing suite of market surveillance and CSD technologies that have been supported by NASDAQ OMX since 2006.
Signing Ceremony at Tadawul Headquarters
Mr. Adel Al-Ghamdi, Chief Executive Officer-Tadawul (pictured right) and Mr. Lars Ottersgard, Senior Vice President, Market Technology, NASDAQ OMX (pictured left) at the signing ceremony held in Tadawul's headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A photo accompanying this release is available at

As part of its long-term strategic plan, Tadawul will replace its existing NASDAQ OMX platform (SAXESS) with one powered by the industry leading X-Stream INET technology. Migration to the new platform is expected to commence in January 2014.

"The Saudi Stock Exchange is proud to engage in a new chapter in its relationship with NASDAQ OMX as we continue our efforts to build the necessary infrastructure to expand into new products and services," said Adel Al-Ghamdi, Chief Executive Officer, Tadawul, in his opening remarks at yesterday's signing ceremony held in Tadawul's headquarters in Riyadh. "Our investment in the X-stream INET trading platform, recognized as the most advanced securities trading technology in the world, is an investment in the future of our capital markets. Its capacity and low latency will provide our members, and their clients, with enhanced performance and speed."

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