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Saudi Arabia To Transform Downtown Riyadh By 2030

By 2030, the massive development project will add $48 billion to the country’s GDP and generate more than 334,000 jobs.

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Saudi Arabia has announced ambitious plans to transform downtown Riyadh into a major global mega-city. To make the project a reality, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched the New Murabba Development Corporation (NMDC) to aid planning and construction.

The 19 square kilometer site to the northwest of Riyadh will be designed from the outset as a smart and sustainable downtown area, able to hold 20 buildings the size of New York’s trademark Empire State building.

According to the state news agency SPA, the NMDC’s civil engineering project will have over 80 cultural and entertainment venues, a technology and design university, a museum, and an immersive multi-use theater when completed in time for Expo 2030, which Saudi Arabia could potentially host.

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The New Murabba project will be centered around sustainability and feature green areas, plus walking and cycling paths to enhance the quality of life and promote healthy, active lifestyles. As well as significantly boosting the well-being of Riyadh citizens, it’s hoped that by 2030, the project will have added $48 billion to the country’s GDP and generated 334,000 jobs.

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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”.

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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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