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Understanding DNFBPs

What Are DNFBPs?

Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs) refer to specific entities that, due to the nature of their products or services, are susceptible to money laundering and terrorism financing. Adhering to Compliance guidelines and regulations is paramount for DNFBPs to play a crucial role in the UAE’s efforts to combat financial crimes.

Who Falls Under DNFBPs in the UAE?

Under UAE AML regulations, the following businesses and professions are classified as DNFBPs:

  1. Auditors and Accountants: These professionals provide financial services and assurance to third parties regarding financial and business matters.
  2. Dealers in Precious Metals and Stones: Entities involved in the production, trading, or handling of precious metals or stones fall under this category.
  3. Lawyers, Notaries, and Legal Professionals: Legal practitioners who offer independent legal services are considered DNFBPs.
  4. Real Estate Agents and Brokers: Firms engaged in real estate transactions, including buying and selling properties, fall within this scope.
  5. Company and Trust Service Providers: Entities that provide corporate services, manage trusts, or act as intermediaries for companies and trusts are also DNFBPs.
  6. Any Other DNFBPs Notified by the Government: The UAE government may designate additional businesses or professions as DNFBPs based on risk assessments.
Obligations of DNFBPs

As part of their anti-money laundering (AML) compliance requirements, DNFBPs in the UAE must:

  • Develop effective AML/CFT (Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism) policies, controls, and procedures.
  • Detect suspicious transactions and promptly report them to relevant authorities.
  • Collaborate with the UAE Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and relevant authorities to detect and prevent financial crimes.
KYC Requirements for DNFBPs

KYC regulations and requirements are an integral part of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) frameworks. They ensure that DNFBPs verify their customers’ identity and monitor their transactional behaviour to prevent, detect and mitigate suspicious activities. While DNFBPs may not handle financial transactions directly, they still play a critical role in preventing illicit flows of funds.

The Role of the UAE FIU

The UAE FIU analyses suspicious transactions and activities related to money laundering, terrorism financing, and other criminal acts. It relies on data and reports from DNFBPs to identify and take action against illicit activities. Collaboration with local, regional, and international partners is essential for effective AML efforts.

Registering on the goAML Portal

All DNFBPs in the UAE are required to register on the goAML portal. This integrated platform allows companies to file Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs) and Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs). Failure to register may result in severe penalties. DNFBPs play a critical role in helping authorities identify criminal and suspicious behaviour.


Considering the vital importance of DNFBPs in safeguarding the financial ecosystem, it’s essential for businesses and individuals operating within this sector to remain vigilant and informed.

If you’re in need of guidance, support, or any information related to AML practices and compliance, we are here to assist you. Whether you’re navigating the complexities of AML regulations, seeking advice on reporting suspicious transactions, or simply wish to stay informed about the latest developments, VAF Compliance is your go-to partner. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for expert advice and support to ensure your business becomes a contributing force to a safer and more transparent financial system in the UAE.

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Understanding DNFBPs

What Are DNFBPs? Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs) refer to specific entities that, due to the nature of their products or services, are susceptible