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AML/CFT compliance in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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UAE Financial Intelligence Unit - (FIU)

The UAE Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) analyses irregular transactions and events that may include money laundering, terrorist financing, and associated illegal activities, using data and reports from financial institutions (FIs), designated non-financial businesses and professions (DNFBPs) that cooperate and exchange expertise in order to identify and counter such activities.

The FIU promotes cooperation and mutual collaborations with state, regional, and international leaders that share a commitment to financial crime prevention. This partnership involves the creation of shared network platforms that facilitate the exchange of information between agencies charged with combating money laundering and terrorism financing.

How to comply with the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) regulations in UAE

Financial institutions (FIs) and designated non-financial businesses and professions (DNFBPs) are expected to maintain and implement a compliance policy that includes, but is not limited to, the following:

AML/CTF reporting obligations to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU)

Financial institutions (FIs) and designated non-financial businesses and professions (DNFBPs) are expected to notify the FIU of any unusual details discovered during their enforcement program. Examples of such escalations include, but are not limited to:

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* This page is intended as general information only and should not be relied on as the sole source of information for your AML obligations and AML program. Please visit your local regulatory authority sites for the latest relevant and full information.

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