The heaviest rainstorm in 75 years hit the United Arab Emirates. Amidst the chaos, the Liangchun Technology team participated in Binance’s grand closed-door meeting and interacted closely with CEO Deng Weizheng and “the first sister in the currency circle” He Yi. What did they say? ?Kaede TaiReleased on 2024.04.26

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Before the Bitcoin mining halving was about to be halved, we were preparing to go to the United Arab Emirates with an uneasy heart. Because Iran and Israel started attacking each other, a large number of flights were canceled. Fortunately, the trip was not delayed because of this, and the flight arrived smoothly. Dubai and drove to Abu Dhabi to attend a VIP meeting invited by Binance.

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Unexpectedly, it was not the missiles that caused chaos in everyone's schedule, but a storm in the desert.

This was the biggest storm in the history of the United Arab Emirates in the 75 years of record keeping. The strong wind blew out the floor-to-ceiling windows of the hotel in front of my eyes. The heavy rain dropped an entire year's worth of rain in 12 hours, causing damage to Dubai Airport and the sea. It was also unable to take off and land. Many flights hovered for a long time after arriving and were unable to land, and finally made an emergency landing in Abu Dhabi or Amman.

The roads were completely blocked due to water overflowing the roofs of cars, causing many cars to break down. Hotels were flooded, without water and electricity, and there was no food, and it was impossible to get in and out. Many events were canceled because speakers and guests were unable to attend. Many friends who went to Dubai They were forced to walk for several hours in the water with their luggage in heavy rain to reach their destination. Some people were moved to tears when they received potato chips distributed by kindhearted people on the roadside after walking for ten hours. The city was paralyzed. It's like purgatory on earth, making people shout that they will never come again.

In April, the United Arab Emirates was hit by the biggest storm in 75 years. A whole year's worth of rain fell in 12 hours, making Dubai Airport as unable to take off and land as the sea.

Binance closed-door meeting, what did Deng Weizheng say?

However, compared to our friends who all traveled in Dubai, we were very lucky because at the time of the incident we were all having a closed-door meeting in the hotel where we were staying in Abu Dhabi, with the world’s top trading teams and many Important guests gathered together, of course, the official representatives of the landowner Abu Dhabi and our hostess Ms. He Yi, the founder of Binance. Our very intensive exchanges over three days sparked many sparks, and the content of the meeting was even more exciting. It's wonderful.

The first speaker was Richard Teng, the current CEO of Binance and the former CEO of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). He expressed his views on the adoption of cryptocurrency ETFs and his continued promotion of legal compliance to make cryptocurrency a key player in the future world economy. Yihuan has great insights. Binance has also proposed quite specific routes and solutions. As the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, they certainly have the ambition to become the world's economic leader in the future. The purpose of coming to us is naturally to work together to achieve it.

The host Abu Dhabi has many official units participating, and their attitude is also very positive. The height, layout, and open attitude are all amazing. We were invited on the spot to the VIP exchange meeting they held next to the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai two days later. .

From food and clothing, look at Abu Dhabi’s ambitions

When it comes to the United Arab Emirates, many people know Dubai, but they may not necessarily know Abu Dhabi, but in fact Abu Dhabi is the big brother. He is bigger and richer than Dubai, but he is very low-key, like On the agenda that night was an Emirati-themed French molecular gastronomy dinner arranged by the organizer. It had seven dishes named after seven cities in the United Arab Emirates.

The first appetizer is Dubai. It is a pancake with cream, but there is a large piece of gold foil on it. It is the first time in my life that I can taste the taste of gold foil so carefully... and Abu Dhabi is the penultimate main course. - Tender, juicy and plump roasted lamb knee with truffled potatoes, it is so unpretentious.

In fact, the two cities can be clearly distinguished based on their dress and speaking background. Abu Dhabi is actually a traditional financial center and wears long robes, turbans or suits, while Dubai is a Web3 project party wearing T-shirts. Abu Dhabi’s determination to become the financial center of the future world can be seen in everything.

Interact with He Yi up close, the founder of Bridgewater Associates is also here

The highlight at the end of the agenda was He Yi, the founder of Binance and the “first sister in the currency circle”. The close interaction with her made me very surprised and moved. In fact, she is not an entrepreneur or a strong woman as the outside world imagines. On the contrary, she is actually a As an educator and mother, her eyes immediately shone when she talked about children's education, and she happily shared her ideas for ten minutes. When it came to the future, she said that when we enter this world, we must leave something behind. And Binance is also her child. What I see from her is that she is thinking about how to create future giants.

Not only that, they also arranged a mysterious guest outside the agenda at 12:30 noon. He is the founder of Bridgewater Associates and the author of the book "Principles" Master Ray Dalio. His appearance immediately made everyone become a fan. Model... He is like a philosopher. From how did money exist in human history to gold to the US dollar to today's cryptocurrency, what is the essence of money? How to measure value? It's a pity that I can't take pictures or video otherwise I really want everyone to listen.

But it’s very interesting. He said that he had never bought any cryptocurrency before, and asked us why we should buy it. Then everyone’s opinions inspired more ideas. This experience is really cool!

Although when we arrived in Dubai later, we also encountered the same situation where the hotel was flooded and had to find another one, the traffic was paralyzed, and the driver was extorting money by raising prices, but we were already connected to the important key people, and we no longer had to look for a needle in a haystack. Moreover, in this private meeting, we were the only ones from Taiwan, and there was only one family from Hong Kong. There were no Japanese or Koreans, and 80% of the people were from Europe and the United States. Before boarding the plane, I was on the outdoor terrace on the 152nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Looking at the sunset over the Persian Gulf, I felt lucky but also felt that there was a long way to go.

Deng Weizheng once said that Taiwan has first-class technical talents and open minds. This wave of global financial changes in cryptocurrency and blockchain is actually a good opportunity for Taiwan. This is what we have always believed in, and I also want to To prove that Taiwan is not just TSMC and Huida. As long as we grasp the trend direction, we can stand at the top of the world.