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Helal Saeed Almarri

Binance secures MVP licence from Dubai’s Vara

DUBAI, 5 days ago

Binance, the leading global blockchain services provider, has received the Minimal Viable Product (MVP) licence from Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (Vara), following the issuance of its provisional licence in March 2022. 
 
The MVP licence means that Binance can offer an approved range of virtual asset related services to suitably qualified retail and institutional investors in Dubai within its internationally benchmarked legislative framework for virtual asset service providers (VASPs). 
 
Committed to strong investor and market protection principles, Binance will cater to a clientele approved by Vara who can now benefit from the local banking channels unlocked by this first-of-its kind regulatory licence. Users will benefit from increased levels of consumer protection by trading on a regulated platform under the supervision of Vara in Dubai.  
 
Client money account
The transition to an MVP Licence from a Provisional Licence received earlier this year means Binance can open a client money account with a domestic bank and provide the following services to qualified customers:
●Virtual asset exchange services 
●Conversion between virtual assets and fiat currencies
●Transfer of virtual assets
●Custody and management of virtual assets
●Virtual token offering and trading services
●Virtual assets payments and remittance services
 
Vara was established in March 2022 under the Dubai Virtual Asset Regulation Law, the first law of its kind to regulate virtual assets. Vara aims to create an advanced legal framework to protect investors and set international standards for the virtual assets industry to enable responsible business growth in the emirate.
 
This licence is a major milestone that follows a number of registrations for Binance’s local entities in the Mena region and across Europe in Italy, France and Spain, and further attests to Binance's desire to be a regulation-led platform with robust compliance and security controls that have consumer protection and market integrity at its core.
 
Effective balance
Helal Saeed Almarri, Chairman of Vara said: “The Vara regime aims to strike an effective balance between value creation and risk mitigation, enabling open market innovation while assuring protection for the economically vulnerable. 
 
“The MVP Phase, is designed for select global players across the value chain, that are committed to responsible industry participation and Vara looks forward to Binance being an active contributor, reinforcing Dubai’s commitment towards creating a next-gen secure ecosystem for this future economy.”
 
Changpeng Zhao (CZ), founder and CEO of Binance, commented: “At Binance we welcome regulations that are globally consistent, enable responsible innovation, protect users, and give them choice. Vara’s unique operating model is setting a benchmark for the global industry, and this most recent registration is an acknowledgement of our compliance and safety processes in the new regulatory framework.  We strongly believe there is a significant opportunity to work with our industry peers to develop consistent implementation standards around the world as we have been doing in Dubai.”
 
Progressive stance
Alexander Chehade, Binance Dubai General Manager, noted: “Our registration in Dubai is a reflection of the country’s progressive stance on blockchain technology and its willingness to embrace this sector through collaboration. We look forward to continued partnership as we build upon our team and operations in Dubai to roll out additional services including local banking capabilities and enhanced products.”-- TradeArabia News Service
 



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