Dubai allows crypto businesses to set up in free zone


An economic free zone in Dubai has opened for businesses that are offering, issuing, listing and trading crypto assets.

The Dubai Multi Commodities Center signed the initial agreement with the Securities and Commodities Authority to allow licensing for firms that deal with crypto assets.

The licenses will be offered by the specialized DMCC Crypto Center after being screened by the SCA, state news agency WAM has reported, reports Arab News.

“As we continue to make strides within the crypto and blockchain space, the DMCC is making it easier for crypto and blockchain businesses to set up and operate in Dubai,” DMCC CEO Ahmed bin Sulayem said.

The move comes as Dubai takes a keen interest in blockchain technology, with a national strategy in place to make the emirate “the first city fully powered by blockchain.”

The free zone authority earlier signed a deal with a Swiss incubator that will bring the ecosystems of leading blockchain and cryptographic technologies to Dubai.—Agencies

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