As the world attempts to address the various challenges arising from the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), governments and financial services regulators have been making efforts to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the economy and financial sector. Set out here is an overview of the measures taken and guidance provided by the financial services regulators in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and overseas to address the financial markets and various regulatory concerns, including the:

  • Dubai Financial Services Regulatory Authority (DFSA) of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC);
  • Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM);
  • UAE Central Bank for the federal ‘onshore’ UAE banking sector; and
  • Other international financial services regulators in the United States, EU, United Kingdom and Asia Pacific.

Please click on the link to download the full overview or the Download Alert button below. You can also read our previous alerts on our dedicated Coronavirus Resource Center.

Should you have any queries or require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our UAE Financial Services Regulatory team.


Mazen Boustany is the UAE Head of the Financial Regulatory practice of Habib Al Mulla & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, based in Dubai. He has over 22 years' experience in banking and finance law in the Middle East, including financial services regulation, Islamic finance, structured finance, securitisation, private equity, financial structuring and restructuring, cross-border transactions and investment funds. Mazen has helped draft many of the financial regulations for the UAE Central Bank and Ministry of Finance.


Samir Safar-Aly is an English-qualified senior associate in Baker McKenzie's DIFC office in the UAE, focusing on financial crime and financial regulation for the wider MENA region from both an advisory and investigations perspective. Samir's expertise includes UAE, Saudi and wider international anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) rules, anti-bribery and corruption laws (covering the GCC, UK and U.S.) and other areas of white-collar and financial crime. He also advises governments in Africa and Asia on public policy and legal and regulatory reform. Samir has particular expertise in financial and economic sanctions and regularly provides guidance on UN, U.S. (OFAC), UK, EU and GCC sanctions regimes and export-control issues across a wide range of sectors. With regards to financial regulation, Samir covers the GCC and wider Middle East and provides guidance on the cross-border marketing of financial services and products, conduct issues and license applications. He regularly advises the world's leading financial institutions, asset managers, as well as FinTech start-ups.

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