Cryptocurrency exchanges and businesses are flocking to the Middle East, where the UAE, Dubai, and Bahrain’s forward-thinking regulatory approaches create a thriving crypto oasis. Binance FZE’s general manager, Alex Chehade, sheds light on the region’s allure and its impact on the industry’s growth.

Regulatory Certainty in the Middle East

Chehade emphasizes the standout feature of regulatory certainty and clarity in the Middle East. The presence of virtual-asset-specific regulators make the region a hotspot. These include VARA in Dubai, ADGM’s virtual asset framework in Abu Dhabi, and Bahrain’s cryptocurrency-friendly central bank

According to Chehade, events like GITEX and Future Blockchain Summit attract global companies seeking an easy business environment.

In contrast, Chehade suggests that regulators in other jurisdictions struggle to comprehend the intricacies of the cryptocurrency landscape or lack the bandwidth to regulate effectively. This knowledge gap positions the Middle East as an attractive hub for startups and established players.

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Binance FZE: Catalyst for Web3 Growth

Highlighting Binance’s role as an ecosystem enabler, Chehade underscores the company’s position as the largest Web3 company globally. With approximately 600 employees in its Dubai-based operation, Binance fosters a healthy environment for both big and small players.

The company’s commitment to operating as a regulated exchange in Dubai for a year and a half further solidifies its role in the region’s growth.

Collaborative Progress and Insights from Industry Leaders

Akshay Chopra, Visa’s Vice President and Head of Innovation and Design, echoes Chehade’s sentiments. This was during an interview at the Blockchain Economy Dubai Summit. As a board member of the MENA Fintech Association, Chopra praises the region’s forward-looking and inclusive view of blockchain and crypto solutions.

Regulatory collaboration with the local community, institutions, startups, and entrepreneurs is key to positioning the region for a successful future.

MENA’s Crypto Boom

Research from Chainalysis reveals that the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region claim the title of the world’s fastest-growing cryptocurrency market. Transaction volumes indicate a staggering $566 billion received in crypto between July 2021 and June 2022. This data underscores the region’s pivotal role in shaping the global cryptocurrency landscape.

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