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Checkout.com Gains Acquiring License From UAE Central Bank

The direct acquiring license allows Checkout.com to unlock the full potential of its platform in the UAE while offering cost savings and improved performance for merchants.

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The United Arab Emirates Central Bank has granted Global payment service provider Checkout.com a Retail Payment Services license. The recent press release by the platform notes that Checkout.com is “the first global payments provider to be granted an acquiring license in the country”, and the announcement strengthens its position as a leader across the MENA region.

Now that Checkout.com has secured an acquiring license, the company can unlock its full proposition for UAE merchants, including card acquiring, payment aggregation, and cross-border fund transfers. Most importantly, Checkout.com’s new acquiring license gives the company greater control over the entire payment processing mechanism and enables best-in-class payment acceptance rates for merchants.

“Our thanks to the Central Bank of the UAE for their approval. The issuance of this license shows the level of trust, commitment, and strength of the relationship we continue to have in serving both domestic and international brands to expand in the UAE. We’re proud of the small part we’ve played to increase the trust in digital payments and allow businesses in the digital economy to thrive,” says CEO and Founder of Checkout.com, Guillaume Pousaz.

Also Read: Paymob Gets Official Certification To Operate In Saudi Arabia

The UAE has recently witnessed an explosive eCommerce growth trajectory. It is forecast to reach a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11%, increasing the eCommerce market size to $17Bn by 2025. 91% of consumers in the UAE now favor making their purchases online, and Checkout.com already supports some of the country’s top brand names, including Cafu, Washmen, Shahid, Qlub, Carrefour, Namshi, Mamo, MakeMyTrip, and The Entertainer.

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Binance Receives Virtual Assets License To Operate In Dubai

As its user base nears 200 million, CEO Richard Teng believes crypto adoption will soar over the next half of the decade.

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Global crypto exchange Binance has been granted a full operational license in Dubai, in a move that’s expected to accelerate digital asset adoption and strengthen the UAE’s regulatory landscape.

The virtual asset service provider license (VASP) was granted by the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) and will allow Binance to extend its current range of services to retail investors, the company announced yesterday.

The move by Dubai authorities will be critical to Binance’s strategy of growing its user base globally. The crypto exchange expects to pass the 200 million user mark “quite shortly”, according to Richard Teng, the company’s CEO.

Once that milestone is achieved, Binance will have around twice as many users as rival platform Coinbase. Meanwhile, Crypto.com, another popular exchange with 80 million users, received a Dubai VASP license last week.

“We’re seeing much greater institutional adoption and institutional money coming into this space [along with] much greater regulatory clarity and a lot more jurisdictions approving [digital asset] products that bring in new investor classes,” Binance’s Richard Tang explained, adding: “As of now, we stand at about 5% crypto adoption globally, but that will become much faster moving forward”.

Also Read: Microsoft Invests $1.5 Billion In Abu Dhabi AI Tech Firm G42

Dubai and the UAE are extremely supportive of technologies like digital assets, and have already launched initiatives to boost adoption. The UAE has ambitious plans to become a world leader in the crypto economy of the future, with Dubai in particular being noteworthy for passing a new law to regulate virtual assets to support investors and exchanges.

“Global crypto regulation is currently showing diverging signs. Some developed countries have long suffered from crypto-related frauds and illegal exchanges. On the other hand, emerging nations like the UAE and Singapore have enacted crypto laws at faced pace,” said Vijay Valecha, chief investment officer of Dubai-based Century Financial.

As the UAE gears up to become one of the fastest-growing crypto capitals worldwide, investors and talent are flocking to places like Dubai. During 2023, the Emirates as a whole realized $204 million in capital gains from cryptocurrency investments, according to blockchain data analysts Chainalysis.

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