Coinbase-backed Rain secures crypto license in UAE

Rain crypto exchange has secured a regulatory license from United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities.
Rain Exchange, a Bitcoin (BTC) trading venue headquartered in Bahrain, has secured regulatory approval from UAE authorities to operate its digital assets brokerage and custody platform.
According to a July 25 report by Reuters, the approval will make it possible for the Coinbase Ventures-backed Rain to offer crypto trading and storage services for retail and institutional clients in the UAE. The exchange will also be able to open a bank account in the region and offer customers crypto-fiat exchange services.
Founded during the crypto summer of 2017, Rain is backed by Coinbase Ventures and Kleiner Perkins. The exchange’s valuation skyrocketed to $500 million following a successful Series B round that raised $110 million in 2022.
UAE attracting web3 firms 
The United States has been quite reluctant to formulate clear-cut and amenable crypto laws to foster the growth of innovative technologies. Together with countries like China, it took the enforcement-style regulatory approach instead. The United Arab Emirates has taken an entirely different route.

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