THE MSCI SAUDI ARABIA & GULF COUNTRIES INDEXES

On June 1, 2015 Saudi Arabia opened its $500+ billion stock market to direct foreign investors through a Qualified Foreign Investor (QFI) scheme, providing international investors with direct access to the Middle East’s biggest economy.

To address the needs of international investors for meaningful benchmarks for Saudi Arabia and its regional peers, we have launched the MSCI Saudi Arabia Indexes, which represent the performance of Saudi Arabia’s investment opportunity set and the MSCI GCC Countries International Indexes, which represent the performance of the Gulf region countries investment opportunity set.

 
THE INDEXES
The MSCI Saudi Arabia Indexes are standalone market indexes that follow MSCI’s consistent and internationally recognized Global Investable Market Indexes (GIMI) methodology using our Emerging Markets size and liquidity requirements.
  • The MSCI Saudi Arabia Index aims to represent the performance of large- and mid-cap stocks representing 85% of Saudi Arabia’s investment opportunity set.
  • The MSCI Saudi Arabia IMI Index aims to represent the performance of large-, mid- and small-cap stocks representing 99% of Saudi Arabia’s investment opportunity set.
  • The MSCI Saudi Arabia IMI 25‐50 Index applies the investment limits required of regulated investment companies, or RICs, under the current US Internal Revenue Code. Other cappings are available (10-40, 20/35).

The MSCI GCC Countries International Indexes aim to represent the performance of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries investment opportunity set: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.

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THE MSCI SAUDI ARABIA & GULF COUNTRIES INDEXES

The MSCI GCC Countries International Indexes aim to represent the performance of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries opportunity set: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.

Press Release - MSCI Launches Saudi Indexes

MSCI announced the launch of the MSCI Saudi Arabia Indexes, providing investors direct access to the Middle East’s biggest economy.

Understand the index methodology

View Appendix X: MSCI Saudi Arabia Indexes on page 119 in the updated MSCI Global Investable Market Indexes methodology book.