Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Licensing in Dubai With Smart Zones® UAE

Get top-notch legal advice and consultancy for cryptocurrency exchange licensing and the setup of crypto-based projects in Dubai. Contact with Smart Zones® UAE.

  • Crypto Exchange
  • Crypto Trading License
  • Metaverse License
  • NFT License

Our Services

Smart Zones® UAE offers comprehensive support for projects in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. Our services encompass business structure formation, legal guidance, expert technical advice, and strategic marketing solutions. Whether you require a cryptocurrency exchange license or a business structure for cryptocurrency mining, our specialists will tailor a solution that best aligns with your needs. We provide both targeted advice for specific issues and comprehensive project development strategies, ensuring your vision and market trends are seamlessly integrated.

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Licenses for the exchange of crypto currencies

Leveraging our pioneering experience in electronic money licensing, our firm offers comprehensive legal support for navigating the intricacies of cryptocurrency and blockchain project development. These complex endeavors require specialized guidance to ensure a smooth and successful journey.

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Our firm provides a comprehensive suite of services to streamline cryptocurrency mining operations, including establishing compliant legal frameworks, facilitating secure cryptocurrency transactions, implementing efficient fiat currency withdrawal mechanisms, and providing strategic investment guidance. This holistic approach ensures a cost-effective entry point for our clients to capitalize on this emerging investment opportunity.

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Legal status of cryptocurrencies

Our team at "Smart Zones® UAE" leverages its deep understanding of international cryptocurrency regulations to provide clients with strategic legal counsel for both cryptocurrency status and blockchain project development across various jurisdictions. We maintain a constant vigil on regulatory updates to ensure our clients benefit from the most effective solutions available at the time of engagement.

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ICO / IEO / IDO / STO Development

Our firm offers a comprehensive suite of legal services to support the launch of your token project. We cater to clients' needs by providing both tailored and holistic solutions encompassing project formation, structuring, and legal navigation for various fundraising mechanisms, including ICOs, IEOs, IDOs, and STOs. Additionally, we extend our expertise beyond legal matters by offering ongoing consulting support on technical and marketing considerations throughout the development process.

For Cryptocurrency Exchange

The rise of electronic cryptocurrency exchanges is a defining trend in the modern financial landscape. Smart Zones® UAE can be your partner in establishing a secure and compliant platform. Leveraging our extensive experience, we will guide you in selecting the optimal jurisdiction with robust regulatory frameworks, safeguarding your clients from malicious activity. Additionally, we offer expert advice on payment solutions and conduct a comprehensive market analysis to ensure your platform aligns with current industry standards.

UAE Cryptocurrency License

Basic Package Including The Basics Required To Start Your Business As Virtual Assets Service Provider

14,914 USD | 0 USD / month (maintenance fee)

Crypto Company Registration

Assistance In Opening Corporate Account

Assistance In Acquiring The License For Required Activities

Cryptocurrency Mining

Leveraging our expertise in structuring similar ventures, Smart Zones® UAE crafts customized cloud mining solutions and delivers comprehensive legal support for your cryptocurrency operations. Contact us to discuss your project.

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Legal Status of Cryptocurrency

The global regulatory landscape for cryptocurrencies remains fragmented. While some regions are establishing frameworks to accommodate this evolving industry, others are pursuing stricter measures. This underscores the importance of seeking guidance from qualified legal and blockchain specialists when navigating the complexities of digital currencies.

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What is a Cryptocurrency Exchange in Dubai?

The Cryptocurrency Exchange functions as a digital marketplace, enabling you to buy and trade crypto. Unlike purchasing through your bank, once you decide on acquiring Bitcoin, Ethereum, or other cryptocurrencies, creating an account on the crypto trading platform becomes necessary to exchange your US dollars (or other fiat currency) for digital assets.

A cryptocurrency exchange license is a crucial initial consideration, requiring the selection of an authority to establish your trading platform. Securing a cryptocurrency exchange license is presently a complex and time-consuming process, demanding substantial preparation and applicant expertise. Issuance of cryptocurrency licenses is limited, with only a few nations worldwide having granted them thus far.

Why Start Cryptocurrency Exchange in Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE is positioned to be the world's crypto capital. In the face of escalating regional economic competition, the UAE lead crypto sector growth by establishing regulatory frameworks and facilitating employee recruitment.

The UAE, especially Dubai, embraces blockchain as a potent business force. The recently revealed Blockchain Strategy solidifies the UAE's global economic standing, showcasing its readiness to integrate future technologies.

With robust government support and keen interest in its thriving business sector, Dubai is set to emerge as a global leader in innovative blockchain applications. From payment transactions and supply chain management to proof of provenance and tokenized goods, blockchain optimizes business processes across various industries

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Benefits of Establishing a cryptocurrency exchange and Crypto-based Business in Dubai, UAE

Enjoy significant advantages when registering a crypto-business in the UAE compared to other jurisdictions, thanks to the loyalty of the Emirati government, investor support, and the rapid development of UAE cryptocurrency. Protect your privacy and enhance security through blockchain technology in Dubai.

  • Fintech support at the state level
  • Absolute foreign ownership without resident partners
  • Tax-free Personal income from international activities
  • No currency restrictions and import/export tax rates
  • No restrictions on employing foreign staff
  • Profit withdrawal to foreign accounts
  • Increased confidentiality of personal data and transactions
  • Agreements for avoiding double taxation
  • Stable banking system and economy
  • Full legalization of cryptocurrency

Type Of Cryptocurrency Exchange Licenses in Dubai, UAE

Cryptocurrency exchanges can be categorized into two types:

  • Classic Cryptocurrency Exchange, permitting only cryptocurrency trading.
  • Fiat Cryptocurrency Exchange, enabling the exchange of traditional fiat currencies with cryptocurrencies.
  • Specialized crypto licenses are issued by an authorized body specifically to oversee cryptocurrency exchange operations.

Traditional licenses, governing financial transactions, indirectly extend to transactions involving cryptocurrencies.

Metaverse License

The metaverse denotes a 3D VR space populated by content (digital objects, ads, media, characters, tools, and experiences) crafted by a decentralized community of creators. The Metaverse service provider license encompasses entities involved in developing and hosting digital virtual environments facilitating interactive engagements among individuals.

NFT License

Owners of ERC-721 non-fungible tokens (NFTs), along with artists and producers dealing with NFTs, can benefit from the NFT License. It aims to strike a balance between safeguarding artists' hard work and creativity and granting users the freedom to fully enjoy their non-fungible tokens with flexibility.

Crypto Trading License (Proprietary)

This license type covers the proprietary buying and selling of crypto commodities developed on distributed ledger technology applications.


Tokenization involves dividing ownership of an asset into digital tokens (e.g., a building). These tokens, akin to non-fungible tokens, represent "shares" (NFTs). The distinction lies in their fungibility, being linked to the asset's value.

Business Structure and Planning in Dubai, UAE

Choosing the right business structure is vital when launching a firm in Dubai. Options include:

  • 1. Free Zone Company: A free zone company provides foreign ownership, and simplified registration processes, ideal for global operations.
  • 2. Mainland Company: Mainland companies adhere to UAE laws and regulations and are suitable for businesses targeting the domestic market.
  • 3. Offshore Company: Offshore companies are Practical for commercial companies registered abroad wishing to operate outside their primary countries.

Consider factors like your business services, target market, and long-term goals when selecting a structure, and consult legal and business experts for guidance.

Steps to Launch a Cryptocurrency Business in Dubai, UAE

Establishing a Cryptocurrency Business in Dubai involves several steps:

Embark on the journey of opening a business in Dubai by partnering with Smart Zones® UAE. Our adept company formation specialists will guide you through the business license application and setup process, liaising with relevant government and municipal authorities on your behalf.

To apply for a cryptocurrency license in Dubai you need to have a registered legal entity in the region. Smart Zones® UAE Consultants is proficient in providing assistance to our clients in registering company in Dubai mainland and free-zone.

Before moving forward with the registration of the entity, Smart Zones® UAE Consultants’ team of experts will first evaluate your business needs and goals on the basis of which we will recommend the best-suited business entity type for your cryptocurrency business in Dubai.

Smart Zones® UAE Consultants team will help you with the pre-registration requirements to choose a trade name for your cryptocurrency business in Dubai. First, we will help you choose your company name. When making this decision, we will make sure that you must abide by a strict set of naming conventions.

Smart Zones® UAE Consultants will also check that your chosen name is available before registering it for you with the respective free-zone authority like Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) or with the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED). Once confirmed we will register the same with the respective authority.

Once the above step is completed, Smart Zones® UAE Consultants will conduct due diligence on the management and shareholders of the firm.

To set up a cryptocurrency business in Dubai. You can choose to set up in the mainland or free zone. Smart Zones UAE Consultants’ team of professionals will help you decide whether to set up in a free zone or in the mainland. If you opt for a free zone, you will benefit from zero currency restrictions, plus capital and profit repatriation. However, you will need to work with a local agent to trade directly with the UAE market.

The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) is the most preferred and recommended free-zone area to be considered for setting up a cryptocurrency business. As the benefits offered under this zone to new entrepreneurs are worth considering.

Smart Zones UAE Consultants’ legal experts will begin preparing the required documents for the cryptocurrency licensing application. These documents will include the business plan, financial statements, AML/CFT policy, and insurance policy, as required by local regulations. Since cryptocurrency trading is regulated in the same way as other financial trade in Dubai you will be required to adhere to the extensive set of regulations concerning Anti-money laundering and Counterfeit Financial Terrorism. Smart Zones UAE Consultants will take serious caution that the documents are prepared and the formation of the entity is conducted accordingly.

After the documents have been created for review, Smart Zones UAE Consultants will supply you with prototypes. We will then email them to you for e-signature before moving forward with your license application.

When conducting cryptocurrency business in Dubai free zone there are no such requirements of meeting economic substance for your entity but in the case of corporate bank account opening, there may be strict requirements to be complied with.

In the event, the bank requires you to have economic substance like locally approved professional persons or a director, Smart Zones UAE Consultants will assist you in meeting them. Our team will assist with the recruitment of local qualified employees to join the team or we will extend our nominee director services to fulfill the requirement of bank account opening.

Smart Zones UAE Consultants’ HR team will undertake candidate shortlisting and preliminary interviews for key employees, including the compliance officer. Following that, you can narrow down the final list of prospects to choose who is best suited to join the team. Smart Zones UAE Consultants will assist in the preparation of an employment contract with the agreed terms once the candidate has been selected.

With these decisions made, Smart Zones UAE Consultants will apply for your Dubai crypto license directly to the free zone authority or equivalent Municipality if you wish to set up elsewhere in the emirates or to the managing authority of your chosen free zone. All going well, your firm will receive the Dubai cryptocurrency license and will be required to start business operations within the stipulated time frame to maintain the license.

Complete the process by opening your corporate bank account for your Dubai Business with Smart Zones® UAE. This final step paves the way for the successful opening of your Business.

Remember that the process may vary depending on your chosen jurisdiction and business activities. Consulting legal and business experts familiar with Dubai's business setup landscape is highly recommended.

Operating since 2013, Smart Zones® UAE provides on-going support to obtain Business Services License in Dubai, UAE including Businesses.

Looking for a seamless business setup experience? Trust Smart Zones® Dubai to pave the way.

Things to consider before commencing a cryptocurrency exchange in Dubai, UAE

It is crucial to emphasize that, when initiating a cryptocurrency exchange, a comprehensive examination of AML rules is essential. In essence, the cryptocurrency exchange should adhere to:

  • Standard AML requirements for launching cryptocurrency exchanges.
  • Conduct a rigorous risk analysis process (due diligence).
  • Offer regular training to employees.
  • Develop an internal certificate to mitigate the risk of money laundering.

Cryptocurrency Exchange Legal Compliance

Ensuring crypto legal compliance is crucial, encompassing adherence to existing and upcoming laws and regulations. Given the rapidly evolving nature of cryptocurrency rules globally, it is essential to engage a dedicated in-house legal compliance team or outsource to a legal entity. Smart Zones® UAE stands as the one-stop destination for companies aiming to establish compliant crypto exchanges.

Asked Questions (FAQs)

A Cryptocurrency Exchange in Dubai is a digital marketplace facilitating the buying and trading of cryptocurrencies, requiring an account on the trading platform to exchange fiat currency for digital assets.

Dubai positions itself as the global crypto capital, fostering growth through regulatory frameworks, recruitment initiatives, and a blockchain-friendly environment.

Enjoy advantages like Fintech support, absolute foreign ownership, tax-free personal income, no currency restrictions, and a stable economy, setting Dubai apart for crypto ventures.

Dubai offers Classic Cryptocurrency Exchange and Fiat Cryptocurrency Exchange licenses. Specialized licenses cover Metaverse, NFT, Crypto Trading (Proprietary), and Tokenization.

Choose from Free Zone Company, Mainland Company, or Offshore Company based on your business services, target market, and long-term goals. Consult experts for guidance.

The process includes partnering with Smart Zones® UAE, legal entity registration, choosing the jurisdiction, document preparation, meeting economic substance requirements, license application submission, and opening a corporate bank account.

Before commencing a cryptocurrency exchange, it's crucial to conduct a thorough examination of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) rules, including standard AML requirements, rigorous risk analysis, employee training, and the development of internal certificates to mitigate money laundering risks.

Smart Zones® UAE is your one-stop destination, providing premier Crypto Exchange Legal Services to address critical issues in legality, security, and reliability during cryptocurrency exchange establishment.

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