Thursday 13 June 2024

Thursday 13 June 2024

The CBUAE issues its 2023 Annual Report

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Regulatory Development

The Central Bank of the UAE regulates and supervises financial service companies operating in the UAE.

As part of the CBUAE's mandate to promote and protect the stability of the financial system in the state, the CBUAE maintains a regulatory framework applicable to Licensed Financial Institutions and Licensed Financial Activities. Within the CBUAE, the Regulatory Development Division is tasked with developing this regulatory framework by drafting and proposing regulations, standards, and guidance.

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  • Licensed Financial Institutions

    The CBUAE has created regulations for its licensed financial institutions to ensure the adequate organisation, supervision and development of all financial services companies in the UAE. This provides an operational framework, protection for both the finance companies and their customers, and enhances financial sector stability.

  • Insurance sector

    These documents outline the various provisions, details and resolutions governing the CBUAE’s oversight of insurance companies and insurance-related professions operating in the country.

    To  read the insurance regulations, please click here 

  • Exchange Houses

    The legislation here sets out the baseline requirements for Exchange Houses operating in the UAE. The regulations encompass operational aspects from licensing to management, consumer protection, risk management and anti money laundering requirements.

  • Financial Institutions Regulations

    Find the regulations that apply to any financial institution licensed to operate in the UAE here

  • Bank Regulations

    Explore the current regulations that apply to banks licensed to operate in the UAE here.

Regulations for Other Entities


The series of regulations included here include details of the licensing, designation, oversight and enforcement of financial infrastructure and payment systems. They also encompass rights and obligations, the nature of contracts and the CBUAE’s powers to supervise service providers.


The information here relates to Loan-based Crowdfunding Activities (LCAs) in the UAE, with regulations providing a framework for licensing, regulating and monitoring LCAs. These rules safeguard the financial system from the risks posed by LCAs, and protect the interests of consumers in the UAE.

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