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The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.: Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) Goes Live With New Trading Engine Powered by NASDAQ OMX

NEW YORK and ABU DHABI, April 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Abu Dhabi
Securities Exchange (ADX) and NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ), today
announced that ADX has gone live with X-stream Trading technology. The
upgrade, started in 2012, provides ADX with the world's most widely deployed,
internationally compliant, multi-asset trading platform. This milestone is a
step in ADX's ambition to introduce new asset classes, support its market
expansion and maintain a leading position in the exchange industry in the
region. The agreement also extends the existing management contract with
NASDAQ OMX for a further five years.

"This is a proud moment for us," said Rashed Al Baloushi, CEO of ADX. "Making
X-stream Trading available for our investors, brokers and other stakeholders
takes us to a completely new operational level and prepares the way for the
next stage of our development. This go-live launch is the culmination of a
vast amount of work done by ADX and our partners at NASDAQ OMX to achieve a
faultless upgrade. This is not just about the adoption of world class
technology - it is about the aspirations of ADX to be a world class window
for investors into the opportunities that Abu Dhabi offers."

The new trading platform will improve ADX's trading performance and
transparency, and ensure low latency pre-trade risk management checks, allow
faster back office reconciliation of transactions and give ADX the ability to
handle an unlimited number of indices. In addition, ADX will continue to
leverage the existing suite of market surveillance and central security
depository (CSD) technologies provided and supported by NASDAQ OMX since
2000, the year of ADX's inception. ADX is also the first exchange in the
region to go-live with the in memory vetting model of X-stream Trading.

"This upgrade marks an important milestone in NASDAQ OMX's nearly 15-year
relationship with ADX," said Lars Ottersgård, Senior Vice President, Market
Technology, NASDAQ OMX. "ADX's deployment of our X-stream Trading technology
underscores their confidence in the technology, as they plan for the next
successful stage of their development. It is an honor to support ADX, which
is at the center of their regional marketplace."

About Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) was established by Local Law No. (3)
Of the year 2000, the provisions of which make the Exchange a legal entity
with autonomous status, independent finance and management. The law also
provides the ADX with the necessary supervisory and executive powers to
exercise its functions. ADX began operations on November 15th 2000.

ADX has 67 listed securities. Those securities include 65 public joint stock
companies, 1 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) and 1 convertible bond. The ADX had a
total market capitalization of AED 449 billion (USD 122 billion) as at the
end of 2013. The Exchange has signed a number of agreements with major
financial institutions to provide custody services, including the National
Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), HSBC, Standard Chartered, Deutsche Bank, and Citi.

In 2013, the stock exchanges of the U.A.E Markets were upgraded to 'Emerging
Market' status by both MSCI index (Morgan Stanley Capital International) and
S&P Dow Jones, thus greatly increasing the likelihood of inward global
investment flows.

In alignment with the Abu Dhabi Government's Economic Vision 2030, ADX aspires
to become the leading stock exchange in the region by leading the development
of the UAE capital market through a well-regulated marketplace in a lawful
environment that ensures integrity, transparency and disclosure.


NASDAQ OMX (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, exchange
technology, information and public company services across six continents.
Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, NASDAQ OMX enables customers to
plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using
proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating
today's global capital markets. As the creator of the world's first
electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 80 marketplaces in
50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. NASDAQ OMX
is home to more than 3,200 listed companies with a market value of over $8
trillion and more than 10,000 corporate clients. To learn more,

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The matters described herein contain forward-looking statements that are made
under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements
about NASDAQ OMX, and its products and offerings. We caution that these
statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may
differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking
statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks,
uncertainties or other factors beyond NASDAQ OMX's control. These factors
include, but are not limited to factors detailed in NASDAQ OMX's annual
report on Form 10-K, and periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to release any revisions to
any forward-looking statements.



Ryan Wells
+1 (212) 231-5541 (office)
+1 (646) 581-4286 (mobile)

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange Media Contact:

Abdul Rahman Saleh Al Khateeb
+9712-6128774 (office)
+97150-6689733 (mobile)


This announcement is distributed by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions on behalf of NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions clients.
The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. via Globenewswire


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