Capital Market Authority


The Capital Market in Saudi  Arabia unofficially started in the early fifties, and continued to operate successfully, until the government set its basic regulations in the eighties. The current Capital Market Law is promulgated and pursuant to Royal Decree No. (M/30) dated 2/6/1424H, which formally brought the Capital Market Authority (CMA) into existence. The CMA  is a government organization applying full financial, legal, and administrative independence, and has direct links with the Prime Minister.


The CMA’s functions are to regulate and develop the Saudi Arabian Capital Market by issuing required rules and regulations for implementing the provisions of Capital Market Law. The basic objectives are to create an appropriate investment environment, boost confidence, and reinforce transparency and disclosure standards in all listed companies, and moreover to protect the investors and dealers from illegal acts in the market.

Duties and Authorities

The CMA is entrusted with the following duties:

  • Regulate and develop the capital market and promote appropriate standards and techniques for all sections and entities involved in Securities Trade Operations.
  • Protect investors and the public from unfair and unsound practices involving fraud, deceit, cheating, manipulation, and inside information trading.
  • Maintain fairness, efficiency, and transparency in transactions of securities.
  • Develop appropriate measures to reduce risks pertaining to transactions of securities.
  • Develop, regulate, and monitor the issuance of securities and under-trading transactions.
  • Regulate and monitor the activities of entities working under CMA.
  • Regulate and monitor full disclosure of information related to securities and issuers.

CMA’s Board

The CMA is governed by a Board of five (5) full-time Commissioners appointed by the Royal Decree:

  • Mr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Elkuwaiz Chairman
  • Mr. Youssef Hamad Al-Bilihid Vice Chairman
  • Mr. Khaled Abdulaziz Al-Homoud Member
  • Dr. Walid Mohammed Alissa ​ Member​
  • Mr. Abdulaziz Abdulohsen Bin Hasan Member

Executive Management​

  • Mr. Bader Mohammed Balghonaim, CMA Deputy of Legal Affairs & Enforcement.
  • Mr. Abdullah Mohammed Binghannam, CMA Deputy of Financing & Investment.
  • Mr. Yazeed Saleh Aldemaigi CMA Deputy of Strategy, Research & International Relations.
  • Mr. Sulaiman Abdulmohsen Alsulaiman , CMA Deputy of Technology & Digitalization.​​
  • Mr. Marwan Abdulaziz Alsudais , CMA Deputy of Corporate Resources.
  • Mr. Sami Mohammad Alshorafa, CMA Deputy of Supervision.
    • Mr. Raed Ibrahim Alhumaid, CMA Deputy of Market Institutions.​
  • Mr. Ali Sulaiman Aldakheel, General Director of Communication & Investor Protection Division.
  • Mr. Abdulkreem Yousef Alsanie, General Director of Internal Audit Division.
  • Mr. Abdulaziz Mohammed Almojel, General Director of Risk Management.
  • Mr. Abdullah Ahmad Al-Shabanah, Secretary General of Secretariat & Internal Governance.
  • Mr. Omar Ali Al-Abdulkarim, CMA Deputy Assistant of Legal Affairs & Enforcement.
  • Mr. Fahad Mohammed Hamdan, CMA Deputy Assistant of Financing & Investment.
  • Mr. Ahmad Atallah Alenizi, CMA Deputy Assistant of Strategy, Research & International Relations.
  • Mr. Sulaiman Sulaiman Alhaidri, CMA Deputy Assistant of Technology & Digitalization.
  • Mr. Abdulrahman Sulaiman Al-Akeel, CMA Deputy Assistant of Supervision.
  • Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim Almuammar, CMA Assistant Deputy of Market Institutions Supervision & Authorization.
  • Mr.​ Fahad Suliman Alissa, CMA Assistant Deputy of Market Institutions Development.

​Stock Exchange

The Saudi Capital Market Law provides for the establishment of the “Saudi Stock Exchange” as a Joint Stock Company that operates as the only authorized entity to carry out the trading of securities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia .

The exchange operations are currently conducted through Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul), purporting to continuously develop a full-fledged security market that provides comprehensive and diverse financial services to compete internationally. Consistent with its mission to produce top quality and highly efficient securities exchange market products and services, the exchange constitutes to be an added advantage for all beneficiaries and participants in the market.​​

Securities Depository Center

The Capital Market Law provides for the establishment of the Securities Depository Center solely entrusted to execute the transactions of deposit, transfer, settlement, clearing and registering ownership of securities traded on the Exchange.

The functions of the Securities Depository Center are currently operated by The Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul).​