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UAE grants crypto license to Coinbase-supported exchange Rain

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The UAE has granted a license to a Coinbase-supported crypto exchange called Rain.

UAE grants crypto license to Coinbase-supported exchange Rain

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  • Rain’s clients in the UAE can buy, sell, and safely store crypto assets.
  • The UAE is one of the few countries that has implemented a set of crypto regulations.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has granted a license to a Middle Eastern cryptocurrency exchange named Rain to operate a crypto asset brokerage and custody service for local customers.

Supported by Coinbase [BASE], Rain said that its entity based in Abu Dhabi can now allow institutional clients and some retail clients in the UAE to buy, sell, and safely store crypto assets.

Rain will be able to create a bank account in the UAE and let local clients fund their accounts through the domestic payment network.

Established in 2017, the exchange has received funding from Kleiner Perkins and Coinbase Ventures in Silicon Valley. Last year, Rain raised $110 million in a Series B fundraising round, culminating in a $500 million valuation.

UAE, a new hub for crypto activities

The UAE is actively seeking crypto ventures in the region. It has promoted the usage of cryptocurrencies in many sectors in order to increase adoption and transaction volumes in the region. The UAE hopes to attract new investors with updated digital asset regulations.

In October 2022, blockchain intelligence firm Chainalysis published a report focusing on crypto adoption across the world. It found that the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions were among the top adopters of crypto.

MENA’s crypto volume identified the use cases for savings and remittance payments as top contributors. In the study, the UAE emerged as a significant crypto hub.

Amidst a sea of countries with ambiguous or non-existent regulations around crypto, Dubai is considered to be quite friendly. It is one of the few regions that have set out specific aims and guidelines regarding the crypto industry. The VARA intends to promote the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a “regional and international hub” for virtual assets.


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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