Dubai Real Estate Developer to Accept Crypto Payments Amid UAE Push for Crypto Hub Status

Several of the world's biggest crypto exchanges have flocked to the emirates in the last few months.

Apr 28, 2022 at 1:19 p.m. UTC
Updated Apr 28, 2022 at 1:44 p.m. UTC

Eliza Gkritsi is CoinDesk's crypto mining reporter based in Asia.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based luxury real estate developer Damac will soon accept payments in crypto, joining the chorus of firms betting that the UAE will become a global crypto hub.

  • Damac will accept payments in bitcoin (BTC) and ethereum (ETH), the firm said in a Wednesday press release. The move aims to "accelerate the new economy for newer generations, and for the future of our industry," said Ali Sajwani, who leads Damac's digital transformation initiatives as the general manager of operations.
  • Damac isn't the first property developer to make this move as Latin America's Proptech La Haus made a similar announcement in November 2021.
  • Dubai – along with Abu Dhabi and the broader United Arab Emirates – has been trying to attract crypto business, in part by moving to create a clear regulatory framework by which digital asset firms can operate.
  • Crypto.com and Bybit have set up offices in Dubai, while Binance received a license to operate in the free trade zones of both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Kraken, meanwhile, has been granted a license to operate in Abu Dhabi's free trade zone.
  • Damac has developed properties in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, the Maldives, Canada and the U.K. It booked AED170 million ($46 million) in net profits for 2021, according to its annual earnings report.


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