The Role of Compliance Officers in Anti-Money Laundering In Dubai

The AML Laws in the UAE have made it mandatory for all Designated Non-Financial Business Professionals (DNFBPs) and Financial Institutions to appoint an AML Compliance Officer.

Generally, the role of an AML compliance officer in a company is to ensure compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering laws and help to avoid money laundering activities. The law provides that whomever an individual or company wants to appoint as a compliance officer should possess the requisite experience and knowledge to achieve the highest AML compliance process.

Role of an AML Compliance Officer

According to the UAE AML laws, these are some of the roles of a compliance officer;

  • A compliance officer is required to carry out training for employees and make them familiar with the AML rules and regulations. The AML compliance officer is to train the employees to enable them to have an understanding of money laundering methods and apply the right method to avoid financial terrorism and money laundering.
  • Reviewing and evaluating suspicious data accounts that might be concealing money laundering activities is the role of the compliance officer. The compliance officer is to make a report of such activity if any to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).
  • Reports on the rules are to be submitted to the appropriate authority by the compliance officer
  • The compliance officer is also required to review internal rules and processes to prevent financial crimes. The compliance officer is to stay updated with the rules and regulations and keep the relevant authorities updated.
  • Detect transactions in Financial Crimes
  • The AML compliance officer is expected to enforce due diligence programs to recognize any suspicious account holders and transactions and has them reported to the appropriate authority.

Why a Company Should Appoint a Compliance Officer?

The UAE government is stringent with curbing money laundering in the country which is why it is important for every company that falls under the DNFBPs and Financial Institutions to hire or appoint a compliance officer. The compliance officer will ensure that the company will comply with the AML laws and regulations, internal and external policies.

Having a compliance officer will ensure that the company has an effective AML compliance program in place.  He or she who is versed with the AML laws and regulations will be quick to identify any risk of non-compliance and use enhanced solutions to alienate any risk and assist your company to remain compliant with the AML rules and regulations.


The AML compliance officer holds a primary and instrumental role in helping your company evade regulatory risks and help the company remain compliant at all times.

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