Policy & Regulation

In conversation with the world’s first and only standalone virtual assets regulator: Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority

Amidst the resurgence in global crypto markets, governments across the world are working to implement comprehensive regulatory frameworks and enact important guardrails around the crypto activity. One of the early movers in this space was the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA), which was established in early 2022 as the world’s only standalone, specialist authority for the virtual assets ecosystem.

VARA’s reputation as a progressive regulator has helped anchor Dubai and the United Arab Emirates’ as a closely watched crypto hub with a diverse ecosystem of traditional and new economy players. UAE residents realized approximately $204 million in crypto gains last year, placing the country among the top 50 globally in terms of these returns, and the second largest country in the Middle East and North African region by total cryptocurrency value received.

To better understand VARA’s vision, mission and objectives in harnessing crypto as an economic contributor, we sat down with Deepa Raja Carbon, Managing Director and Vice Chairperson of VARA to discuss wide-ranging topics: 

  • How and Why: Virtual assets form part of Dubai and the UAE’s broader vision around transformative emerging technologies such as Web3, AI, Blockchain and the Metaverse
  • VARA’s perspective: Purposeful regulation that fosters collaboration with the industry is a more sustainable approach to rule making than regulation by enforcement
  • VARA’s vision: Given the borderless nature of virtual assets, and the divergent global appetite to support this sector, creating a point of regulatory convergence is imperative to enable harmonized and responsible virtual asset ecosystem worldwide.

Watch the full video below.



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