Binance Expands in Crypto-Friendly Dubai Amid Global Regulatory Scrutiny

In a strategic move, Binance expands its operations in Dubai, taking advantage of the emirate’s crypto-friendly regulations.

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  • Binance expands in Dubai, securing an Operational MVP License from VARA. 
  • The largest crypto exchange faces increased regulatory scrutiny worldwide. 
  • Dubai’s crypto-friendly regulations make it an attractive destination for crypto businesses.

In a strategic move amid increasing global regulatory scrutiny, Binance, the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange, has expanded its operations in Dubai. The emirate’s proactive approach to cryptocurrency regulation has made it an attractive destination for Binance and other crypto businesses.

Binance’s Strategic Expansion in Dubai

On Monday, July 31, Binance’s Dubai-based subsidiary, Binance FZE, announced securing the Operational Minimum Viable Product (MVP) License from Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA). This license enables Binance to offer exchange and broker-dealer services to Dubai’s institutional and qualified retail investors. 

This development comes amid increasing regulatory scrutiny in jurisdictions. For instance, in the US, Binance has been hit with two separate lawsuits from the country’s top market regulators. Both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued separate lawsuits against the exchange.

Binance’s regulatory issues also extend beyond the US. Specifically, they encompass several European countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, France, and the UK, where it has lost licenses and had to exit markets.

Dubai’s Crypto-Friendly Regulations

Dubai has been making significant strides in establishing itself as a global cryptocurrency and blockchain technology hub. For instance, the emirate has enacted its first law governing virtual assets and has formed VARA as an independent regulator to oversee the sector. 

This proactive approach towards regulation, coupled with a low-Value Added Tax rate of 5% and no income taxes for crypto businesses, has made Dubai an attractive destination for crypto entrepreneurs and businesses.

On the Flipside

  • Dubai’s MVP license enables Binance to serve only institutional and qualified retail investors. Specifically, it does not include most Dubai residents. 
  • Binance is not the first exchange that got Dubai’s MVP license. For instance, Rival exchange OKX secured its license on June 15. 

Why This Matters

Binance’s expansion in Dubai highlights the emirate’s proactive approach to crypto regulation. This development could lead to a more regulated and secure virtual asset market globally, setting a precedent for other jurisdictions.

Read more about Dubai’s plans for crypto and the metaverse

Dubai Aims To Become Metaverse Capital Of The World

Read more about the increase in crypto lobbying efforts: 

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David Marsanic

David Marsanic is a journalist for DailyCoin who covers the intersection of crypto, traditional finance, and government. He focuses on institutionalized crypto entities like major cryptocurrency exchanges and Solana, breaking down complex topics into easy-to-understand writing. David's prior experience as a business journalist at various crypto and traditional news sites has enabled him to maintain a critical approach to news while adhering to high journalistic integrity standards.