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Bahrain central bank licenses Sharia-compliant crypto exchange

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Bahrain-based crypto exchange CoinMENA acquired a major license ahead of its launch in several countries including the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
CoinMENA, a soon-to-launch cryptocurrency exchange headquartered in Bahrain, has obtained a license from the Central Bank of Bahrain, or CBB.
The newly acquired “Crypto Assets Services Company License” allows CoinMENA to operate fully as a regulated crypto exchange and onshore platform, the company announced on Sunday. The CBB’s license ensures that CoinMENA meets all of the operational, technical and security requirements set by the central bank.
As CoinMENA plans to roll out its services in the Middle East and North Africa, or MENA, countries — including Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman — CoinMENA is also certified by the Shariyah Review Bureau as a Sharia-compliant platform.
“We are permitted to allow customers who are residents in the above-mentioned countries to trade on CoinMENA, subject to them satisfying our due diligence procedures,” a spokesperson at CoinMENA told Cointelegraph. The representative said that CoinMENA cannot yet disclose the exact date of the upcoming launch.
At launch, CoinMENA will support five major cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), XRP, Litecoin (LTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). CoinMENA plans to support several fiat currencies at launch, including the Bahraini dinar, the Saudi riyal, the Emirati dirham, the Kuwaiti dinar, the Omani rial, as well as the United States dollar. The exchange will also feature an over-the-counter platform for larger transactions, providing customers with a dedicated manager overseeing every OTC trade.
Dina Sam’an, co-founder and managing director of CoinMENA, said that the company aims to expand to more countries after its launch:
CoinMENA has been working to launch its crypto trading platform for more than two years so far. In late 2019, CoinMENA appointed the Shariyah Review Bureau as an outsourcing facility to manage and supervise the Sharia certification and Sharia audit services for its digital-asset platform.

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