, a global crypto exchange with more than 50 million clients has announced that it will soon be operational in the UAE after receiving a license from Dubai’s virtual asset regulatory authority (VARA).

As per the press release, the license is still subject to operational approval. This could be the reason why VARA’s registry still has under MVP preparatory (pending).

Once fully approved as operational, license will allow the company to offer virtual asset services to retail and institutional investors, such as exchange services, broker dealer services, services, investment services, and lending and borrowing services.

“Dubai continues to show it is a leading market when designing effective regulation for the crypto space while still supporting adoption and innovation,” Kris Marszalek, CEO of said.

In March 2022, five crypto exchanges made it to the status of having an MVP preparatory license, including, OKX, Bybit, Huobi, and Equiti. Yet out of those Huobi and Equiti have not been listed on registry showcasing they dropped out, while Bybit, OKX and even Binance have yet to receive their final licenses and operate.  

While homegrown BitOasis had its license frozen for not meeting all the requirements for license, and even after receiving investment from CoinDCX has yet to move out of the frozen position.

With this new license in place, will join BackPack exchange, Toko, and Laser Digital as licensed operational crypto exchanges in UAE.

It is expected that 15 licenses will be granted by VARA before the end of the year, as for the 1000 VASPs who applied to VARA, only two days are left for them to submit all requirements. The race is on!