DIFC based Dubai Mercantile Exchange introduces ACE – a new platform to trade multiple crude grades via the exchange


For the first time, Dubai, Upper Zakum, Murban,Oman, Basrah Light, Basrah Heavy and Al Shaheen will be available on one platform as differentials against DME Oman Sour Crude Futures Benchmark

Dubai, UAE: Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME), the premier international energy futures and commodities exchange in the Middle East, announced today, the launch of Alternative Crude Ecosystem (ACE) – a new bilateral trading platform to enable participants to trade multiple crude grades through the exchange.

DME, which is based in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the region’s leading global financial centre, will make the platform available for all participants and will offer traders the opportunity to trade bilateral barrels of Dubai, Upper Zakum, Murban, Basrah Light, Basrah Heavy, Al Shaheen and Oman versus the DME Oman Sour Crude Benchmark futures. This new functionality allows Middle East Crude participants a way to execute multiple Over the Counter (OTC) crude grades as differentials against DME Oman futures.

The new service offered by DME will shed the light on the growing importance and the status of DME Oman as a strong and reliable Benchmark for the Middle East, representing consistent fair value for Sour Crude barrels to the East of Suez.

Commenting on the announcement, Raid Al-Salami, Managing Director, DME said: “We are always looking to enrich our customers’ experience and enable them to benefit from what the market has to offer. ACE is a unique platform where it combines Futures and OTC in one transparent window for the very first time, offering all participants opportunities to optimize their trading activities and manage their exposure across multiple crude grades.”

Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority said: “DIFC would like to congratulate DME on the launch of their Alternative Crude Ecosystem (ACE) which innovatively provides an opportunity to trade a range of crude grades as differentials to DME Oman. We are pleased to see DME continue to develop their position as the premier international energy futures and commodities exchange in the Middle East from DIFC, the leading global financial centre in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. Our enabling platform continues to provide opportunities for clients to innovate and together we are shaping the future of finance.

H.E. Salim Al-Aufi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Oman said: “The Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) support all continuous improvement initiatives in the oil markets, as it enhances the price discovery and offers a fair price for the key commodity of the region. DME Oman has been the benchmark for us since 2007. We believe DME has successfully passed a major stress test in 2020 and presented itself as the natural benchmark for crudes produced in our region. With the launch of ACE, national oil companies across the region will have the opportunity to discover the fair price for grades based on the DME Oman benchmark.”

The new initiative aligns with the objectives of DIFC which has helped contribute to the Dubai Plan 2021 by making the emirate a pivotal hub for finance in the global economy. The DIFC platform provides clients with most enabling laws and regulations which are stimulating financial related innovation in the region.  

About Dubai International Financial Centre:

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the world’s most advanced financial centres, and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), which comprises 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and a nominal GDP of USD 7.7 trillion.

With a 16-year track record of facilitating trade and investment flows across the MEASA region, the Centre connects these fast-growing markets with the economies of Asia, Europe and the Americas through Dubai.

DIFC is home to an internationally recognised, independent regulator and a proven judicial system with an English common law framework, as well as the region’s largest financial ecosystem of almost 27,000 professionals working across over 2,900 active registered companies – making up the largest and most diverse pool of industry talent in the region.

The Centre’s vision is to drive the future of finance. Today, it offers one of the region’s most comprehensive FinTech and venture capital environments, including cost-effective licensing solutions, fit-for-purpose regulation, innovative accelerator programmes, and funding for growth-stage start-ups.

Comprising a variety of world-renowned retail and dining venues, a dynamic art and culture scene, residential apartments, hotels and public spaces, DIFC continues to be one of Dubai’s most sought-after business and lifestyle destinations.