DUBAI: An economic free zone has opened for businesses that are offering, issuing, listing and trading crypto assets.

The Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC) signed the initial agreement with the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA). Allowing licensing for firms that deal with crypto assets.

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The licenses will be offered by the specialized DMCC Crypto Center after being screened by the SCA, state news agency WAM has reported.

“As we continue to make strides within the crypto and blockchain space. The DMCC is making it easier for crypto and blockchain businesses to set up and operate in Dubai,”

DMCC CEO Ahmed bin Sulayem said

The move comes as Dubai takes a keen interest in blockchain technology, with a national strategy in place to make the emirate “the first city fully powered by blockchain.”

The free zone authority earlier signed a deal with a Swiss incubator that will bring the ecosystems of leading blockchain and cryptographic technologies to Dubai.

“This agreement also builds the foundation for our future partnerships in the crypto space. And is a major step in the launch of the DMCC Crypto Centre. Which we will bring to the market in the near future,”

Sulayem said.

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