In an interview with Bloomberg News, Trust Wallet, self-custody crypto wallet, majority owned by the former CEO of Binance has announced its operations in the UAE both in RAKDAO (Digital assets Oasis) free zone in Ras Al Khaimah and in ADGM in Abu Dhabi.

According to Eowyn Chen, CEO of TrustWallet, “Trust Wallet operates from the free trade zone of Ras Al Khaimah, where it has a business license. The zone is also known as RAK DAO, for “Digital Asset Oasis,” and caters primarily to blockchain companies. RAK has “more flexible and better corporate treatment” for web3 companies.”

Chen moved to Dubai from Virginia in October, while the company will be based in Ras Al Khaimah, the sixth-largest city in the UAE. The company has about 80 employees worldwide with about 15 per cent to 20 per cent in the UAE according to Chen.

A separate company, DApps Platform, holds the intellectual property rights for the wallet service and is based in Abu Dhabi Global Market in Abu Dhabi.

According to Chen, Trust Wallet has seen growth in India, Pakistan, and business opportunities in the UAE.

Trust Wallet is a software-based crypto wallet service designed to let users self-custody the kinds of digital assets popular in decentralized finance applications.

Globally, the app-based service has 56 million downloads on iOS and Android, making it the most popular crypto wallet for handheld devices, according to

In her interview Chen described regulators in the UAE as having a “friendlier outlook toward crypto in general”. That gives Trust Wallet confidence about the likelihood of “reasonable regulation on decentralized finance.”

ADGM in Abu Dhabi announced recently that it will be amending its virtual asset regulations and introducing DeFi regulations in 2024.

Dubai South, property developer and free zone, has completed a blockchain integration with Dubai Customs, making it the first free zone in Dubai to achieve this milestone.

As part of Dubai’s ecommerce strategy, Dubai South will utilize blockchain integration to enhance its ecommerce operations reducing timeand costs by autor generating declarations and streamlining the tracking and processing of orders.

The automated processes further bolster efficiency, while the new gate pass stamping method for entry and exit enhances information accessibility.

RHS Logistics, a UAE-based local entity with robust commercial and business expertise offering a full range of logistics and supply-chain solutions, and FirstCry, UAE’s leading online store for children’s products, became the first companies in the Logistics District to onboard and initiate blockchain in their processes. Subsequently, other companies in the Dubai South free zone are in the process of adapting blockchain technology. 

In his comments, Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District – Dubai South, said: “Our objective at the Dubai South Logistics District is to align with governmental initiatives. Our specialised e-commerce zone, EZDubai, was inaugurated to augment the Dubai e-commerce strategy and draw regional and international e-commerce entities.

He added, “The successful completion of our blockchain integration with Dubai Customs stands is a testament to our commitment to offering our clientele efficient solutions. This promotes supply chain transparency, authentication, and anti-counterfeiting of goods; ensures data security and privacy; and paves the way for reduced fees for goods transiting through the free zones. We express our gratitude to Dubai Customs for their pivotal role in realising this project, and we eagerly anticipate onboarding more companies across our free zone.”

Burency a UAE Blockchain development firm with crypto asset exchange operating out of offices in DWTC ( Dubai World Trade Center) in Dubai UAE, is restarting its operations after what it calls bad and out of control conditions. This restart is happening amidst a tumultuous conditions spurred by comments made from its previous managing Director.

So while Burency was announcing on twitter that they will be coming back soon stating, “ We are coming soon.. after bad and out of control conditions, we are back to work with great strength and passion. The Burency project is ongoing and will return better than before.”

On August 9th they stated, “ We are currently working on restarting the Burency Exchange and will notify you as soon as possible about the operating date. Full support will be provided to the project at all levels, including marketing, companies, and plans to develop the workflow and the project as a whole.”

However these comments come in parallel to a tweet by Qusai M Alsharef, former Managing Director of Burency. He writes, “Regrettably, I am writing to announce my resignation from my position “Managing Director” at Burency, effective from 2nd August 2023.” He explains the reasons stating, “The continuous violation for the accepted funding plan, coupled with unfulfilled Discussions, words and agreements to the work stakeholders came to really critical stage.  It is deeply disappointing to have encountered such unprofessional conduct, including deceptive promises and consistent violation of our established agreements. At the end, I truly wish for Burency to have an honest recovery to right and to see a responsible actions of eliminating all these highly critical issues starting from fulfilling the past.”

Historically Burency had also made announcements that were not fully backed up with real actions. In April 2020, Burency announced  that it had launched the first secured & insured crypto-currency exchange platform in Dubai, UAE which was later refuted by Nebbex.

The company while having a tech license in UAE, its crypto business is regulated in Estonia. It had stated it was seeking to be registered in the UAE but to this day has not.

In 2020 crypto advocate, John McAfee,  announced that he had joined the advisory board of Burency, but no further announcements or information was shared on this.

So it might seem that Burency wants to come out of the volcanoe stronger than ever, but its past seems to be haunting it to  present day.