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Bitcoin - November 9, 2020

Ripple (XRP) decides to export to Dubai

Ripple has announced that it is opening offices in Dubai. She had already confirmed that she wanted to leave San Francisco and the United States. But it would only be a regional HQ.

Ripple chooses Dubai for its new offices

BitQT opens a regional HQ within the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC). The choice of this location is not insignificant: it allows the company to benefit from “ innovative” regulations , particularly in tax matters. Ripple will not have to pay any tax on its business income … For the next fifty years. The DIFC thus wishes to become a hub for crypto companies , which could be attracted by these extremely favorable conditions.

According to Navin Gupta, head of the Middle East and North Africa region at Ripple, the opening of offices in Dubai is the logical follow-up to the project:

“Ripple already has a significant customer base in the region […] and the opportunity to share a space with our customers naturally made us choose DIFC. These regional offices will serve as a springboard to introduce our blockchain solutions […] to the region. “

A regional headquarters only?

The press release specifies that this is only a “ regional HQ“ for Ripple. But the firm has already started packing . The company is looking to export permanently outside the United States, because of several legal setbacks and the local regulatory framework which is considered too unclear. Chris Larsen, the co-founder of Ripple explained last October that the SEC was simply too restrictive:

“I don’t think the SEC’s posture could be any worse for the [blockchain] industry today . They’re just trying to crush [us] and push us aside . “

It is unlikely, however, that Dubai will eventually become Ripple’s new global HQ. The company had indeed communicated on its desire to export itself definitively to other territories, including the United Kingdom, Japan, or Singapore .

XRP tracks the progress of BTC

XRP had benefited from the rise in the price of Bitcoin (BTC) in recent days: it had reached more than 0.26 dollar. But the announcement of the results of the US presidential election has screwed up the price of the largest cryptocurrency, and dragged the price of XRP down:

This increase, however, allowed the altcoin to slightly mitigate its losses over the last twelve months , where it fell by 9%. However, it will take more than that to return to levels comparable to those reached during his „all time high“ at 3.40 dollars.

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