UAE successfully removed from FATF grey list


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has achieved a significant milestone in its journey towards financial integrity. On February 23, 2024, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global task force dedicated to combatting money laundering and terrorist financing, removed the UAE from its “Jurisdictions under Increased Monitoring” list, commonly known as the “grey list”.


The UAE’s inclusion on the grey list in March 2022 prompted proactive measures across public and private sectors to enhance regulatory frameworks and combat financial crimes. Removal from the grey list comes on the heels of the UAE’s successful implementation of all 15 recommendations contained in its national action plan set by FATF.

Key developments

The UAE has implemented comprehensive improvements, including enhanced AML/CTF guidelines for financial institutions and designated non-financial businesses and professions and the adoption of risk-based approaches to mitigate financial risks. In addition, collaborative efforts with international stakeholders have facilitated information sharing and strengthened cooperation in the global fight against financial crime. The UAE has signed 45 mutual legal assistance treaties (MLATs) with more expected in 2024.


The removal from the FATF grey list signifies a significant boost for the UAE’s economy. It enhances regulatory compliance, making the UAE more attractive to foreign investors and facilitating smoother cross-border transactions.


The UAE’s successful removal from the FATF grey list underscores its dedication to bolstering global financial integrity and is likely to boost investor confidence. With continued commitment to regulatory excellence and collaborative efforts, the UAE is poised for sustained economic growth and enhanced global credibility.

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