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Trading Cycle and Times


Trading Cycle

Step 1: Buying and selling investors submit orders via the member where their accounts are maintained. This may be achieved through one of the channels provided by the member which includes, but not limited to, electronic trading platform, branch and telephone banking. These orders represent the agreement between the member and the investor to execute a specific business transaction as per the investor order. Tadawul automatically validates availability of the shares and investor details.
Step 2: Orders are entered into the member’s Order Management System (OMS). In accordance with market conditions and the requirement of the investor, the orders within the bank’s OMS are forwarded to Tadawul via a high-speed network.
Step 3: Tadawul attempts to match orders according to price, and then time priority. A variety of order types and special terms are available to the investor. Unmatched orders are maintained in Tadawul until either they match, are taken out of the market or expire.
Step 4: From matched orders, trades are generated and reported electronically to the Central Securities Depository.
Step 5: A trade results in the immediate transfer of shares from the account of the seller to the account of the buyer. All trading is conducted in the dematerialized form. Cash transfer is achieved via the national real-time gross settlement system, SARIE.

Trading Times

Trading Days: One session, Sunday through Thursday except official holidays

Market Start Time End Time
Trading in Equities & ETFs 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Trading in Sukuk & Bonds 11:30 AM 3:00 PM

Official Holidays in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are: 

  • National Day of Saudi Arabia (23 September). 
  • Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. 
  • Eid Aladha holiday will commence at the end of trading day, effective Tuesday 07/12/1438H corresponding to 29/08/2017
  • Trading will resume after the holiday on Wednesday 15/12/1438H corresponding to 06/09/2017.

Market will be closed during these holidays and announced on Tadawul website