FTX Europe Becomes First Exchange to Receive Crypto License in Dubai

The exchange will also set up a regional headquarters in Dubai.

AccessTimeIconMar 15, 2022 at 9:56 a.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 5:58 p.m. UTC
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FTX Europe, the newly established European unit of crypto exchange FTX, became the first firm to receive a license to operate a crypto exchange and trading house in Dubai.

  • With the license the exchange will be able to trial crypto derivatives for institutional investors. The license comes a week after Dubai announced the creation of Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA), which will be responsible for governing the crypto sector.
  • The independent authority will "oversee the development of the best business environment in the world for virtual assets in terms of regulation, licensing, governance, and in line with local and global financial systems," Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted when the news came out.
  • “FTX receiving this approval is a continuation of our mission to be at the forefront of licensing and regulation around the world,” FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried said in a press release on Tuesday.
  • Earlier this week, FTX rival Binance received a license to operate in Bahrain effectively expanding its middle eastern presence. Binance is also reported to be in talks to obtain a Dubai license.
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