The Securities and Commodities Authority of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has declared that it has started receiving licensing applications from crypto companies interested in conducting business in the region.
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- As well as the license from the UAE authority, digital asset businesses that want to operate in Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the UAE, will need to secure a license from the Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority in Dubai.
- Firms that are already registered in the country’s financial-free zones do not need to apply for the two licenses, according to the announcement. The UAE’s financial-free zones offer financial incentives and independent regulatory frameworks to attract businesses, particularly those in the financial sector.
- In February, Dubai issued its newest crypto regulatory framework as part of policies that target to draw investments from crypto platforms and other digital asset industry firms and make the region a hub for the sector. At the same time, the Securities and Commodities Authority was handed the responsibility to regulate the digital asset industry.
- On March 20, Singapore-based exchange Crypto.com announced that it had acquired a Minimum Viable Product Preparatory License from Dubai, which permits firms to develop and test their services and products for up to six months.
- In November, Hong Kong-based crypto custodian Hex Trust was granted the preparatory license, and officially launched its operations in Dubai in February.
- Binance was granted its preparatory license in September last year, but according to Bloomberg’s April 5 report, Dubai authorities asked the global exchange to provide more information regarding its management before granting its operational permit.
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