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Dubai Becomes Home To Cryptocurrency Exchange Bybit

Bybit attracts cryptocurrency users with its intuitive trading platform and 99.9% availability track record.

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Bybit has just joined the growing list of cryptocurrency exchanges that have settled in Dubai after the emirate embarked on a path to becoming a crypto-friendly destination with a robust regulatory regime.

Founded in 2018, Bybit currently has over two million registered users, who use the exchange to buy, sell, trade, and earn with cryptocurrencies.

According to the official announcement, Bybit wants to move its headquarters to Dubai and offer a full suite of products and services in the UAE from April 2022 onwards.

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“We are pleased to announce that Bybit has received in-principle approval to conduct a full spectrum of virtual assets business in the UAE,” states the exchange in the official announcement.

Bybit attracts cryptocurrency users with its intuitive trading platform and 99.9 percent availability track record. In addition to spot trading, Bybit users can also speculate, hedge, and increase leverage with futures contracts.

Other cryptocurrency exchanges that have a virtual asset to operate in Dubai include Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, and Crypto.com, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange powered by the CRO token.

“Virtual assets such as cryptocurrency and blockchain have changed finance forever,” said H.E. Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade and Minister in Charge of Talent Attraction and Retention. “To stay ahead in this fast-changing industry, we are building a business-friendly ecosystem with robust regulations to attract, retain and enable high-growth companies.”

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So far, the effort is bearing fruit because the Middle East is one of the fastest-growing cryptocurrency markets in the world, accounting for 6.6 percent of global cryptocurrency activity.

In the UAE alone, the digital economy contributes around 4.3 percent to the gross domestic product, and the number is expected to increase as more and more exchanges like Bybit take advantage of the favorable regulatory environment.

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Spotify Is Experimenting With Artist NFT Collections

According to a recent survey, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform.

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NFT sales may have declined by 92 percent since September 2021, but that’s not stopping Spotify from experimenting with a new feature that lets artists display their non-fungible token (NFT) collections on the music streaming platform.

At the moment, only a small group of artists are taking part in the experiment, including Steve Aoki and The Wombats. What’s more, only select US users of the Spotify app for Android can see NFTs when they visit the profile pages of the aforementioned artists.

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“Spotify is running a test in which it will help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles,” said Spotify spokesperson. “We routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve artist and fan experiences.”

It’s important to point out that not all Spotify experiments result in new features. It all depends on the feedback the music streaming platform receives from users.

According to a survey some Spotify users have recently received, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform. More specifically, Spotify seems to be thinking about allowing its users to directly purchase NFT art to support their favorite artists.

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Considering how polarizing NFTs have been since their inception in 2014, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many Spotify users have immediately expressed their dissatisfaction with the idea of NFTs becoming part of the Spotify music listening experience.

Other large tech companies are also experimenting with NFTs. Instagram, for example, started testing NFT integration last week, allowing NFT creators and collectors to display their tokens on the platform. Mark Zuckerberg himself believes that NFTs and digital collectibles in general will play an integral role in the metaverse, the new iteration of the internet.

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