CFD Trading in the UAE

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FXOpen: CFD trading for the experts

Contract for difference (CFD) trading first emerged in the early 1990s and is now a firmly established concept in trading circles. It is typically seen as higher risk than other strategies, and as such many successful traders are experienced individuals backed up by a wealth of expertise.

Advantages of CFD trading with FXOpen

One platform with multiple instruments and markets

You can use one CFD trading app and one account for commodities, shares, indices, forex, and cryptocurrency*.

You're trading with an FCA regulated broker

based in the UK. Your funds are fully protected up to £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

Highly customisable

to your style and strategies, giving you total control of your CFD trading in the UAE.

Access to automated trading

You can choose to download and use ready-made scripts and expert advisors or create a custom indicator or script, based on your very own CFD trading strategy.

Access anytime, anywhere

via the desktop, web-based or mobile version of the MT4 CFD trading software. The web-based version is particularly useful for Apple Mac users, where a direct download is not available.

Access to a wide range of analysis

50+ built-in indicators and graphic tools for technical analysis, quotes history centre, strategy tester and news, all designed to help you enhance your experience of CFD trading in the UAE.

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What is CFD trading?

CFD trading is where a buyer and a seller enter an agreement to exchange the difference between an asset’s when the contract opens and when it closes.

CFD traders do not own the asset, which is a key distinction from traditional share trading. Instead, they are essentially making a prediction on whether an asset’s value will rise or fall.

CFD trading is executed on margin. This means traders are only required to put up a percentage of the position’s value rather than its entire worth.

If a trader thinks an asset is set to increase in value, they will open a buy position. If their prediction proves accurate, they can choose to close the contract and make a profit. By contrast, if the asset’s market price falls below what they paid, they need to make a decision on whether to close the contract and take their losses or hold and see if the value recovers over time.

The same concept works in reverse. So, if a trader believes an asset’s price will fall, they can open a sell position. If the market trends as they forecast it would, they’ll stand to make a profit. But if their expectations are confounded and the asset’s value rises, they will suffer a loss.

Which instruments can you access with CFD trading in the UAE?

By opening a CFD trading account with FXOpen, you’ll be able to trade in:


the conversion of one currency into another.


the exchange of assets – metals and energy – based on the price of a physical product such as gold or oil.


where you buy and sell stocks in publicly listed organisations.


where you speculate on the price movements of virtual currencies.


the trading of a group of related or associated shares within a certain sector or industry.

The risks and rewards of CFD trading

It’s crucial for you to develop a comprehensive understanding of CFD trading before you begin to operate in the markets for real. Most successful CFD traders are hugely experienced operators with well-established strategies. You may not want to measure yourself against them, but it’s still vital to carry out detailed research and analysis before starting your online CFD trading journey.

CFD trading offers opportunities for reward but it also brings a certain amount of risk. Because it is done on margin, professional clients could stand to lose more than the initial capital they put up to take a position. Retail clients, meanwhile, benefit from our negative balance protection.

Being alive to other determining factors such as fluctuations in supply and demand or geopolitical and economic issues will also help you understand the risks of CFD trading. You can use that information to create strategies that will help to safeguard against those risks.

CFD trading with FXOpen

Register for an account with FXOpen and gain access to our cutting-edge CFD trading software. You can trade multiple instruments – forex, indices, shares, commodities and cryptocurrency* – to diversify your portfolio all from one account. Rest assured we’re fully authorised and regulated by the UK’s FCA and offer FSCS protection up to £85,000.

All you need to do to get started is fill out our simple registration form and verify your ID. Your online CFD trading journey starts here, so why not contact us today or open an account.

What factors can affect CFD trading?

In most markets, prices will move up and down based on supply and demand. Because CFD trading can be used to execute trades across a wide range of instruments, there are several factors that can impact prices and the potential for you to make a profit or a loss.

Economic and geopolitical issues can affect productivity levels and supply chains, as can government legislation. Understanding those determining factors and keeping abreast of such developments will help you decide on a strategy for CFD trading in the UAE.

How does an online CFD trading platform work?

Our most popular online CFD trading platform works on an ECN model, where there is no dealing desk and trades are always executed at the best possible price. With an ECN account, you will be charged a small commission on their trades. We also offer STP accounts, where your commission is already built into the spread to keep pricing simple.

Our CFD trading software enables you to trade a number of instruments including forex, shares, commodities, indices and cryptocurrencies*. There is a minimum deposit of £300, $300 or €300 and demo accounts are available to allow you to get a feel for CFD trading in the UAE.

How to define success in CFD trading?

CFD trading is intricate and carries a high risk due to leverage. Many successful CFD traders are seasoned professionals who have refined their strategies over years of market engagement.

Defining success in CFD trading requires objective criteria and a robust strategy. It's essential to make calculated decisions grounded in thorough analysis and research, setting aside emotional influences. By effectively managing expectations and implementing a strategy to minimise potential losses, all traders have the potential to achieve their goals in trading CFDs.
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*Cryptocurrency CFDs are only available for trading by those clients categorised as Professional clients under FCA Rules. They are not available for trading by Retail clients.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 60% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.