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AML and CFT Risks: No Easy Solutions

Matt Kelly | November 20, 2015

DUBAI—There we were, my colleague and I, cooling our heels at a police checkpoint in a residential area of this glittering city on Tuesday night. We had met some other compliance acquaintances for evening drinks after Compliance Week’s first event here in the Middle East, and were taking a taxi back to our hotel.

Then came the checkpoint. And as anyone familiar with Dubai knows, that’s rare. You don’t actually see police on the streets of Dubai. In this heavily surveiled city, with tens of thousands of cameras watching you at all times, the security forces impose order from afar.

Our driver apologized as we idled in the street, the police confirming identification of every private car. “This is unusual for Dubai,” he said. “Only in the last two or three days. Now they put up the checkpoints around the city and random places.”

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