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UAE Faces Risk of Inclusion on Global Watchlist Over Dirty Money

  • Finance watchdog expected to make its decision early this year
  • UAE is taking issue ‘very seriously,’ top official says

The United Arab Emirates is at increased risk of being placed on a global watchdog’s list of countries subject to more oversight for shortcomings in combating money laundering and terrorist financing, even after a recent government push to stamp out illicit transactions.

The Financial Action Task Force is leaning toward adding the UAE to its “gray list” early this year, one of two classifications used by the intergovernmental body for nations determined to have “strategic deficiencies,” according to people familiar with the matter, who requested anonymity because the discussions are private.