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Saudi Arabia To Build 150,000 EVs Annually By 2026

In a bid to cut dependence on oil production and meet sustainable goals, the Kingdom will utilize its 61% share of startup Lucid Motors.

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Although Saudi Arabia is well-known as one of the world’s largest oil producers, the Kingdom has recently unveiled plans to build and export electric vehicles.

As part of the country’s “Vision 2030” strategy, the oil-rich nation will export over 150,000 EVs in 2026 to meet emissions targets and continue building a stable economy.

Although oil accounts for over 50% of Saudi Arabia’s GDP, the government is keen to diversify the economy to avoid market volatility and keep the nation’s industrial output current in a post-carbon world.

The move comes as countries worldwide continue to reduce carbon emissions and their reliance on fossil fuels. 2022 is turning out to be a record year for renewables, with research indicating that alternative energy sources entirely covered rising global energy demands in the first half of the year.

As this trend is almost certain to continue, Saudi Arabia aims to reduce its reliance on oil production dramatically, lowering the percentage of GDP from oil from 50% to 17%.

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Saudi Arabia recently hit the headlines after its decision with OPEC+ to cut oil production, and now the nation is aiming its sights on a new market with EVs. Earlier this year, the Kingdom announced that it had committed to purchasing 50,000+ EVs from Lucid Motors after Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) invested over $1 billion in the EV startup in 2018, resulting in a 61% stake in the company.

According to Khalid Al-Faith, Minister of Investments, construction begins at Lucid’s EV manufacturing plant in May 2023.

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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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