Binance's Middle East Progress Continues With Operating License in Dubai

It’s the second approval this week in that region for the crypto exchange.

AccessTimeIconMar 16, 2022 at 2:26 p.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 4:01 p.m. UTC

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, has obtained a license to operate in Dubai as a virtual asset service provider.

  • “Binance is appreciative of being awarded this license in such a progressive regime, targeting uncompromised governance and market security,” said founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao.
  • Earlier this month, Dubai’s ruler announced the creation of a regulatory and licensing authority as the emirate looks to become a major global player in the digital asset industry. Bloomberg one week ago reported Binance was nearing approval there.
  • Under the initial regulatory phase of having a Virtual Asset License, Binance will be able to offer limited exchange products and services to pre-qualified investors and professional financial service providers. Regulators will closely monitor operations with an eye towards eventually opening access to the retail market.
  • It’s the second operating license for Binance in the Middle East, the company earlier this week having announced a similar award from the Central Bank of Bahrain.


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