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Binance Scores Landmark Approval in Dubai

This license paves the way for Binance to offer its services to retail investors within the Dubai jurisdiction.

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Binance, the world's leading cryptocurrency exchange, has secured a virtual asset securities provider (VASP) license from Dubai's Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA), marking a major step forward for the exchange's global expansion and regulatory compliance efforts.

The VASP license upgrades the previous Minimal Viable Product (MVP) license held by local subsidiary Binance FZE since July 2023, allowing the exchange to extend its product offerings to retail investors alongside qualified institutional investors in the emirate. This means retail investors in Dubai can now access a wider range of digital asset services, including spot trading, lending and borrowing, and staking.

Binance said the acquisition of the VASP license underscores its "commitment to innovation in the global financial landscape while ensuring transparency, regulatory compliance, and open access to the benefits of blockchain technology."

“The acquisition of the distinguished VASP license doesn’t merely underline but conclusively proves our steadfast commitment to revolutionizing the future of finance. Our attainment of this milestone stands as a solid affirmation of our continued drive for transparency, regulatory compliance, and responsible growth in the ever-expanding digital asset sphere," CEO Richard Teng said in an announcement on Thursday.

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