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Binance Awarded Specialist License By Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority


Binance is among the first global VA exchanges to receive a fully governed license to offer prudentially regulated crypto trading services to sophisticated investors.

We are excited to announce we have been granted a Virtual Asset License from Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA). Binance will be able to operate within Dubai’s ‘test-adapt-scale’ virtual asset market model as a base for expansion into the region. Under the Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA) initial regulatory phase, which includes rigorous regulatory oversight and mandatory FATF compliance controls, Binance will be permitted to extend limited exchange products and services to pre-qualified investors and professional financial service providers. All licensed VARA service providers will be monitored progressively to open access to the retail market. In addition to exchange operations, Binance will anchor a blockchain technology hub in the Dubai World Trade Centre to seed new talent and build a vibrant blockchain ecosystem.  

Changpeng Zhao (CZ), founder and CEO of Binance, said: “High standards of regulation and compliance are critical to the development and maturing of the global crypto and blockchain industry, which is why our team has been working tirelessly to demonstrate how we meet and exceed the requirements of regulators such as the Dubai Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority.”

“Binance is appreciative of being awarded this license in such a progressive regime, targeting uncompromised governance and market security. The collaborative way in which Binance has been engaged to bring proven industry compliance leading experience to the Dubai ecosystem is indicative of the unique operating model that the VARA is creating for the global industry.” 

Commenting on Binance joining the new Virtual Asset ecosystem, Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai World Trade Centre Authority that houses VARA said, “The new VARA is symbolic of Dubai’s confidence in the potential of this future economy driver—if introduced with prudence and legitimacy. To this end, our regime is structured to catalyze collaboration, foster innovation, and most critically secure public interest. Onboarding Binance within the VARA is reflective of their commitment to the Dubai agenda—to provide the global industry the certainty of governance, enabled by ‘shared industry responsibility and legislative security for society.”

Dubai is the first global economy to have set up a specialized regulator for the VA sector. It will further develop this VARA governed ecosystem of credible, reputable and innovative international leaders. The VARA-issued Virtual Asset Exchange License ensures Binance will be able to operate its regional business from Dubai in the newly announced regulatory ecosystem that is subject to comprehensive legislation and internationally applicable policy frameworks.