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Bitcoin [BTC]: Dubai gets its first ATM; users can acquire BTC using any fiat currency

Biraajmaan Tamuly



Bitcoin [BTC] ATM makes its way into Dubai; users can acquire BTC using any fiat currency
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Bitcoin [BTC], the largest cryptocurrency in the world is making progress with its Lightning Network payments solutions, and is trying to tackle scalability issues while also awaiting Bitcoin ETF approval by the SEC.

Now, according to recent reports, the first Bitcoin ATM in the Middle East has been installed in Dubai, the largest and most populated city in the United Arab of Emirates. The people of Dubai and tourists who visit the prime tourist destination will now be able to deposit fiat currency, and receive Bitcoins [BTC] in their digital wallets.

Source: Twitter

Amhora, a blockchain search engine, announced on Twitter that the organization installed the ATM at Rixos Premium in JBR, Marina, Dubai. The tweet also gave a shout out to the ATM manufacturer, Lamassu, which was responsible for the hardware setup.

Anhad Dhingra, CEO of Amhora, emphasized the importance of the installation, and how it could potentially simplify the purchase of Bitcoin for the people of UAE. He mentioned that it was the first Bitcoin ATM in Dubai, and said that the company was looking forward to adding more ATMs in and around the city.

Amhora stated that it would receive a 5 percent commission on every purchase made through the crypto ATM. The machine provides a simple solution for tourists who would, in most cases, acquire Bitcoin with their foreign fiat currencies itself, rather than using the local fiat currency, Dirham.

The Bitcoin ATM has been programmed to offer only Bitcoin purchases using traditional fiat currency. At press time, the ATM did not have the feature or support for selling cryptocurrencies on the system. However, the company mentioned that it was going to roll out new updates and features soon.

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Biraajmaan is an engineering graduate who is exploring the ever-changing crypto verse while traversing his passion for cryptocurrency news writing. He is a Chelsea fan and a part-time poet and does not hold any value in cryptocurrencies yet.

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Bitcoin’s [BTC] dump may have triggered migration of BTCs worth hundreds of millions




Bitcoin's [BTC] dump may have triggered migration of BTCs worth hundreds of millions
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Bitcoin dropped by 3.55% over 3 hours, an approximate drop of $200, causing many altcoins to dip by more than 8%. Although it might be a coincidence, thousands of Bitcoins started to migrate from wallets to exchanges, wallets to wallets, and exchanges to wallets.

Whale Alert, a Twitter user, pointed out the same in his tweets. A total of  25,000 BTC were sent in under 20 minutes, in multiples of 5000 BTC each, in a wallet to wallet transaction. Two of these transfers were initiated from an unknown wallet [3BYv2L9zCFYpvRQXakqkVWa7JyRw6Q9ZAm] to two other unknown wallets [3PWNGS2357TnjRX7FpewqR3e3qsWwpFrJH, 3CAF6ZjtJKaHiJixViXncTRwG3N5ss9vn4].

These 5 transfers were worth approximately $140 million. The third transfer took place from multiple wallets to a single wallet [3HuUiXmKN3beQSoM97kWjK1fesWWJvKvaZ].

Additionally, there were two massive transactions that took place two hours after the drop; the first transaction involved 14,999 BTC, while the second involved 11,000 BTC.

The former transaction was sent from two wallets to a single wallet [3GaB3nRWA1PLc3XQkkbpVtFwYYZEuMxD4i], which is the balance of the wallet. The latter transaction was similar to the one mentioned above, as the transaction originated from two wallets.

Another transaction containing 9,000 BTC was transferred from 357R3FeNmySYeHuRfyhFd6nMwzoLDdjfwV to 3NmHmQte2rP8pS54U3B8LPYQKkpG1pFF69. The sender has approximately 9,412 BTC after the transfer, while the recipient has 9,000 BTC.

All of the above transactions were worth approximately $332 million. The massive BTCs transferred could be due to the recent fall in the price. It can also be speculated that BTC whales were securing their profits earned from the shorts.

A Twitter user @Emperor_YZ commented,

“and who say the fee is high, just 30,360 sat ($1.67)🤔 for a $82.37 million transfer …”

Another user, @Omarin0, commented,

“It would have also been 1.67$ for a 1.67$ transfer. 100% fee. How nice”

@Emperor_YZ replied,

“wrong, you can use LN or other layer 2 apps to do small amount payments 😎 for BTC base layer, network security is always top priority, L2 is super cheap and can settle at base layer later”

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