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Central Bank Issues new guidance on AML/CFT for exchange houses
  • 2021-11-18

The Central Bank of the UAE issued on Wednesday new guidance on anti-money laundering and combatting the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) for licenced exchange houses (LEH).

The guidance, which came into effect immediately, requires LEH to demonstrate compliance with its requirements within one month.

The new regulation for LEH is subsequent to recent guidance issued by the CBUAE on transaction monitoring and sanctions screening for its licensed financial institutions (LFIs).

The latest regulation will assist LEH’s understanding of risks and effective implementation of their statutory AML/CFT obligations, and takes Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards into account, the CBUAE said in a statement.

“The CBUAE takes its regulatory and supervisory duties extremely seriously. We want to ensure that all licensed exchange houses in the UAE understand their AML/CFT responsibilities, have adequate programmes to identify and mitigate AML/CFT risks in their operations, and comply fully with their statutory obligations,” said Governor of the CBUAE Khaled Mohamed Balama.

As per the guidelines, LEH must maintain an effective AML/CFT programme designed to prevent misuse of their business to facilitate money laundering or terrorist financing.

The Apex bank said LEH must take a risk-based AML/CFT approach by conducting “a regular risk assessment process that covers all commensurate risks to their exchange business, including customer, products and services, delivery channel, new technologies, geographic, counterparty and illicit finance risks.”


The regulator said the risk assessment findings should inform the programme’s comprehensive policies, procedures, internal controls and employee training to mitigate risks effectively.

The exchange houses sector is weighted as highly important in terms of risk and materiality in the UAE, which is increased notably by their exposure to cash and cross-border transactions.

Other essential components of the AML/CFT programme include dedicated compliance function, strong customer due diligence, continuous transaction monitoring and full compliance with the UAE’s requirements on “Targeted Financial Sanctions” and “Suspicious Transaction Reporting.”

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Dubai Expo 2020: Free tickets for nannies, housekeepers
  • Expo 2020 Dubai
  • 2021-10-11

Nannies and housekeepers will be allowed free entry to Expo 2020, the organisers of the mega fair have confirmed.

The Expo media office said they can enter 'as many times as they like’ by producing a copy of their residence visa.

“To take advantage of this fantastic offer, all they need to do is present a copy of their residency and show their job title at the Expo Ticket booth,” Expo 2020 said in a statement to Khaleej Times.

A single-entry ticket to the fair costs Dh95 while a six-month season pass costs Dh495. A multi-entry pass is available for Dh195 — offering unrestricted entry for 30 consecutive days.

Expo 2020 tickets include access to all pavilions, events and live performances, providing limitless opportunities to enjoy Expo’s dynamic, diverse and ever-changing entertainment programme, with up to 60 live events each day, from world-class music, dance and art to insightful talks and colourful national day celebrations.

Other categories that can enjoy free access to Expo 2020 include visitors under 18, senior citizens above 60 years old, students and people of determination.

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Imposition of fines on UBO violators to start on July 8
  • UBO
  • 2021-07-15

Imposition of fines up to Dh100,000 and other penalties for non-compliance with the “ultimate beneficiary owner (UBO) procedures” will begin from July 8, the Ministry of Economy (MoE), warned on Monday.

The MoE, in cooperation with the concerned licensing authorities in the country, announced that it has already begun implementing the first phase of administrative penalties, including written warnings to non-compliant establishments from July 1, 2021.

The ministry said the implementation of the second phase of administrative penalties on establishments that fail to adopt the necessary measures to correct their status during this period will start on Thursday. In this phase, fines stipulated by Cabinet Resolution No.53 of 2021 will be imposed on non-compliant establishments.

In a statement, the MoE confirmed that the submission of ultimate beneficial owner data by licensed and registered establishments in the country to the licensing authorities is an obligatory legal requirement and that non-compliance in this regard will lead to the imposition of administrative penalties stipulated in Cabinet Resolution No. (53) of 2021.

“The penalties begin with the issuance of a written warning and if the non-compliance by an establishment continues, including but not limited to, a fine of Dh100,000, as well as additional administrative penalties such as the suspension of the license for a year or restrictions on the powers of the board of directors. Establishments can appeal against the punitive measures within the specified legal period of 30 days from the date of notification of the violation, in accordance with the decision,” said the statement.

The ministry explained that the detection of violations will be carried out through a desk inspection, which is the examination of an establishment’s records with the licensing authority to ascertain the extent of its commitment to providing the required ultimate beneficial owner data.

“If a violation is found during this examination, administrative penalties will be imposed, starting with the issuance of a written warning in the first stage. Apart from that, field inspections will also be conducted to detect violations, during which, visits will be conducted to offices of the establishments within the framework of the inspection campaigns of the relevant authorities,” the MoE said.

All establishments that have not yet adopted the required ultimate beneficial owner procedures should immediately prepare ultimate beneficial owner data and maintain it within their records in order to avoid violations, the MOE said.

The statement urged establishments’ cooperation with the relevant government entities in supporting the strengthening of the anti-money laundering systems, combating the financing of terrorism and the financing of illegal organisations, and strengthening the overall systems of governance, disclosure and transparency in the business environment.

“These measures enhance confidence in the national economy and support the country’s efforts in providing a safe and stable environment for businesses and investments,” it said.

The ultimate beneficial owner procedures include the creation of a record of the ultimate beneficial owner data and maintaining it within the establishment; verification of the accuracy and validity of the data and updating it on an ongoing basis; and submission of the real beneficiary owner data to the licensing authorities through the designated channels.

In the event of any changes to the ultimate beneficial owner data of an establishment, the establishment is required to notify the relevant licensing authority within 15 days about the changes in order to avoid the administrative penalties resulting from that. “The establishments shall also appoint a person residing in the country with whom the licensing authority can communicate with, in relation to the establishment’s basic information, ultimate beneficial owner data and other information,” the MOE said.

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New Rules Introduced Regarding Dubai Government Accounting System
  • Accounting
  • 2021-03-10

All the financial accounting functions are executed by the Government department through the approved system, application, and smart financial solution.

This Resolution is issued by Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai. The government department can approve their accounting system and financial solution but the system will comply with law and regulations issued that are issued by the Department of Finance and pre-approved by the department of finance and smart Dubai. Dubai Government collection and public revenue management are regulated by The Executive Council Resolution No. (5) of 2021 on the Executive Regulation of Law No. (1) of 2016.

This system put down the process of the government payment and expenditure, including the payment of the suppliers and contractors. `The maximum payment date is 90 days from the date of handover or according to the contract.

It’s required to ensure the implementation of this resolution that the general director of the finance department will issue all the decisions and regulations.

If you have any queries and want to discuss this resolution in the accounting system in depth so feel free to contact us.

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UAE fight Against the laundering Money and terrorism financing
  • Finance
  • 2021-02-23

The United Arab Emirates is a prominent financial hub in the world.  Dubai Leads the Plenty of international business and international business interests in the economic zone. Due to this profile, financial criminals can target the dubai to do financial activities and convert black wealth into white. So now, the UAE government urges the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE)to set up the fight against the Lanudring money and terrorism financing.  Then the Central Bank introduced the surveillance agenda against the anti-money. The Central Bank of the UAE held the first compliance officer forum to create a dialogue between the CBUAE and chief compliance officers of all banks to interact regarding the exception from compliance functions and bank risk management. 

The governor of the Central Bank of UAE met with over 100 chief compliance officers and also with some other senior compliance professionals in the presence of the chairman of UAE banks federation (UBF) Mr. Abdul Aziz Al ghurair.

In the meeting several discussions were done, mainly emphasizing the bank need to access the scope and skills of their compliance function and property embed the compliance risk within the overall risk appetite framework. During the forum, CBUAE introduced the surveillance agenda against the laundering of money and terrorism financing with the particular focus on obeying the action that was recommended by the (FATF) Financial Action Task Force.

The UBF’s Compliance Committee repeated its commitment to support the CBUAE and other authorities to make a stronger anti-money laundering framework.

In the meeting alhamdi said, UAE is strongly committed to applying the FATA standard for a safe and secure financial system in the UAE. We encourage the financial institutes to keep their focus on money laundering and terrorism financing. The chief of compliance officers is also the partner of this journey. We are expecting that CBUAE will provide a solid platform for regulatory dialogue with the industry.


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How Audit Firms Can Help You to File ESR Notification & Report In Such a Short Notice?
  • ESR
  • 2021-01-09

Article 8 of the Cabinet Resolution 57 of 2020 sheds light on the notification and reporting requirements that the entities must meet to comply with the ESR. It states that every Licensee is now required to file annual ESR notification to the relevant Regulatory Authority. Audit firms in Dubai will assist you in filling the notification with the following mandatory details :

  1. Whether the business entity has carried out a relevant activity or not
  2. Whether the company has generated any income from the relevant activity


The notification will be filed through the Ministry of Finance's dedicated online portal. The notification will be processed between the regulatory authorities and the Federal Tax Authority (FTA), which is the National Assessing Authority for the ESR.

The FTA, in its capacity as a National Assessing Authority, will oversee compliance and control of the Updated ESR. FTA, among other things, will also assess if the Licensee has met the Economic Substance Test. It will also decide the necessary course of action to follow if your entity fails to meet the ESR test.

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ESR Filing Deadline Extended Till January 31st, 2021
  • ESR
  • 2021-01-05

The Economic Substance Regulations (ESR) compliant has announced the extended its deadline by a month in UAE. It came as a relief to all the businesses as The ESR Notification and the ESR Report were earlier due on December 31, 2020 and can now be submitted on or before January 31.This extensions should be seen as an opportunity to get things done on this period. Businesses were caught in a year end rush having submitted the ESR notifications in June last and the amendment came in September. They had bear extra advisory costs and arbitrary data calculations. This will give the business owners to get their reports in order and make them ESR Compliant.

In this extension period businesses can make the best use of this period to examine ESR implications and undertake the compliance work accordingly. Businesses that have already submitted the Notification or the ESR report will also get the option to amend the submission. Also, these corrections will not result in any kind of penalties. The ESR Compliance Requires the board meeting reports of organizations and if the meeting were not held in person or overseas, then it demands a clarification. The information in the ESR report is very critical for the authorities to check if all the ESR Requirements have been met. The data in the report should be apt and well explained in the report. 

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Attention MOF Customers
  • Federal TAX Authority
  • 2020-11-10

Kindly Note that the following services will be transferred from MOF to FTA.

1. Issuning ceritificate of TAX Domicile.

Online application will be accepted from November 11, 2020 via MOF Website.

2. Issuing certificate of status of Business/Business person.

The Federal Tax Authority will open its Link on November 14, 2020.

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Oman could start taxing the rich from 2022 to try and cut budget deficit
  • Taxation
  • 2020-11-02

Muscat: Oman plans to take a step unheard of in the Gulf region: It's going to start taxing the income of wealthy individuals beginning in 2022, as part of a broader programme to tackle a budget deficit that's ballooned due to low oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic.

By reducing government spending while spurring investments, the plan is projected to bring the budget deficit - estimated to reach nearly 19 per cent of gross domestic product in 2020 by the International Monetary Fund - to 1.7 per cent by 2024, the Ministry of Finance said in an emailed statement. Revenue from the income tax will be used to fund social programmes.

The tax would apply to high-income individuals, but the plan - whose implementation is still currently being studied - doesn't specify income brackets.

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TAX payment E Dirham Card
  • TAX Payment
  • 2020-10-10

Starting from today, only the new generation of eDirham will be accepted for processing your tax payments. This new version of the eDirham is to provide you with an easier, more transparent and secure experience.

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Federal Tax Authority will facilitate the issuance of both Digital Tax Residency and Commercial Activities Certificates
  • Certification
  • 2020-11-02

Starting November 14th #FederalTaxAuthority will facilitate the issuance of both Digital Tax Residency and Commercial Activities Certificates via #FTA e-services portal.


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