Dubai Police Chief: Digital Currency Will ‘Soon Replace’ Cash Despite Hurdles

A senior Dubai law enforcement official has predicted that digital currency will “soon” usurp cash, local news outlet Khaleej Times reported Sunday, September 16.

Speaking during a panel he was heading, Lt-Gen Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, deputy chairman of the Dubai Police and head of general security in Dubai, said that hurdles to digital currency becoming mainstream remained in lack of public awareness and insufficient crime prevention tactics.

“…Faith in digital currencies will always be questioned as long as its source and tracking system remain unknown,” the Times paraphrases Tamim.

Dubai has taken a progressive-stance on both cryptocurrency and blockchain regulation in recent years, with the highly-publicized Blockchain Strategy and state-level interest putting the United Arab Emirates considerably ahead of its neighbors in the sector.

During the panel, other senior figures echoed Tamim’s enthusiasm, arguing the UAE should release a “digital UAE cryptocurrency using blockchain technology.” […]

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