Dubai is a “haven for trade-based money laundering”, much of which is facilitated by the emirate’s free trade zones according to a report published by the Carnegie Endowment.

Dubai’s Role in Facilitating Corruption and Global Illicit Financial Flows says part of what underpins Dubai’s prosperity is a steady stream of illicit proceeds from corruption and crime and presents anticorruption practitioners, law enforcement agencies, and policymakers with particularly complex challenges.

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