Bitcoin Exchange FTX Gets Full Approval to Operate in Dubai

The company will build a headquarters in Dubai to operate exchange and clearinghouse services for bitcoin and cryptocurrencies through a subsidiary.

  • The FTX exchange has been granted permission to operate exchange and clearing house services in Dubai.
  • The company will build a regional headquarters in the city.
  • A subsidiary of FTX operating in Europe and the Middle East will facilitate product offerings in the region.

FTX, a Bahamas-based cryptocurrency exchange, has received permission to operate as an exchange and clearing house in Dubai, according to a report by Reuters.

The exchange will begin offering services exclusively to institutional investors in Dubai by operating a digital asset market, custody services and facilitating trading services for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It will also offer access to derivative products.

“Our license also extends to retail clients, however, this will be a gradual scaling up to ensure that we approach the retail market within the guidelines set by the Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (the regulatory body). regulation of the Dubai industry),” said Balsam Danhach, head of FTX Middle East and North Africa, according to the report.

The cryptocurrency services offered in Dubai will be managed by FTX Exchange FZE, a subsidiary of FTX operating in the European and Middle Eastern markets.

In March, FTX received tentative approval as the company agreed to set up a regional headquarters in Dubai. Earlier this week, institutional cryptocurrency custodian Komainu, a subsidiary of Japanese banking giant Nomura, obtained the same provisional acceptance. The company will also build a headquarters in Dubai as the region continues to work to become a hub for digital assets.

In addition to its expansion into Dubai, FTX has been making headlines in recent months amid market contagion that has wiped out many financial services companies with the cryptocurrency space. Among the acquisitions proposed by FTX, Voyager Digital and BlockFi were initially under consideration, after the end of the exchange on the acquisition of Celsius.

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