The Department of Oil Affairs of the government of Dubai sets the price of Dubai crude oil in the markets in parallel with Oman oil prices, which reinforces the transparency of pricing process commitment and setting a fair value of crude oil in the Middle East, Director General of the Department, Abdullah Abdul Karim, told WAM.
The official monthly price of Dubai crude oil – with the transition to the pricing futures contracts – is determined in advance, for a differential price is placed before three months, “M-3″, while the official final monthly price is determined at the end of the second month ” M-2 “.
The DME Oman crude oil is considered as a benchmark for pricing crude oil by the countries that produce it, and it gives them a differential price that reflects the quality of the product.
Everyday at 12:30 p.m (Dubai time), Dubai Mercantile Exchange determines the daily settlement price of the Oman contract, which is the average price of transactions made within five minutes from 12:25 p.m to 12:30 p.m, Dubai time.
On the last circulating day of the month, the settlement’s window lasts for thirty minutes from 12:00 p.m until 12:30 p.m, Dubai time.