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Crypto exchange ByBit announced on Monday that it has opened its global headquarters in Dubai, nearly a year after revealing plans to establish itself in the emirate. ByBit’s CEO and co-founder, Ben Zhou, stated that Dubai is “optimally positioned to capture the opportunities in the [crypto] sector,” making it an ideal location for the exchange to base its operations.
Dubai is emerging as a crypto hub in the MENA region, aiming to elevate its status as a global financial hub by attracting fintech companies and investors. The UAE’s government has taken a favorable stance towards digital assets and blockchain technology, announcing a new licensing regime for crypto-related activities in March 2023.
ByBit’s move to Dubai comes after facing challenges in other markets. Like many other crypto firms, ByBit had to navigate through the crypto winter, which resulted in lay-offs. The company also faced a derivatives trading ban in Brazil and penalties in Canada.
However, establishing its global headquarters in Dubai signals ByBit’s confidence in the region’s crypto market. The move will also enable ByBit to expand its services to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, which has a growing crypto community.
The Bottom Line
ByBit’s move to establish its global headquarters in Dubai signals the exchange’s confidence in the MENA region’s growing crypto market. The move could present new opportunities for traders interested in investing in digital assets in the region.