Dubai Police monitor cryptocurrencies for anti-money laundering and crimes

'Dubai Police to implement best technologies such as AI and blockchain to prevent crimes, accidents'


Waheed Abbas

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Reuters file
Reuters file

Published: Mon 21 Mar 2022, 11:06 AM

Last updated: Mon 21 Mar 2022, 11:08 AM

Dubai Police’s cybercrime unit monitors cryptocurrencies to ensure that digital currencies are not being used for money laundering or crimes, said a senior official.

“Technology is changing the world and police is part of this change. We are continuously looking at the latest technologies in order to beat crime. Cryptocurrency, sometimes, is used for money laundering and crime, so Dubai Police are monitoring in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior. There are special units to deal with e-crime and money laundering and these two departments work together against any illegal use of cryptocurrency,” said Brigadier Dr Saleh Al Hamrani, Deputy Director-General of Excellence and Entrepreneurship at Dubai Police.

Brigadier Dr Saleh Al Hamrani, Deputy Director-General of Excellence and Entrepreneurship at Dubai Police.
Brigadier Dr Saleh Al Hamrani, Deputy Director-General of Excellence and Entrepreneurship at Dubai Police.

On March 9, the Dubai government announced a first-of-its-kind law to regulate virtual assets as demand for digital assets and currencies continues to expand exponentially. An independent authority – Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (Vara) – has also been established in Dubai to oversee the regulation, licensing and governance of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), cryptocurrencies and other virtual assets.

Brig. Dr Saleh was speaking on the sidelines of the inaugural edition of the four-day World Police Summit which concluded at Dubai Exhibition Centre at Expo 2020 Dubai last week. Thousands of delegates including senior police officials from different continents as well as global policing bodies such as Interpol and International Association of Chief of Police, UN Police and others.

He further revealed that the Dubai Police will implement the best technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain to prevent crimes, accidents and also to predict how future events will unfold.

“We are going to work on the next generation of AI technology to help predict how and what are the risks we are going to face so that we are ready both internally and externally. Utilising artificial intelligence, blockchain and the ability to predict will help build a solid ground to make police prepare and also improve response and recovery time. We are working and implementing AI not only for crime but also for traffic, security at the airport and marine security as well.”

Brig. Dr Saleh added that the World Police Summit 2022 was hosted to exchange and share best practices and learn from each other’s experiences.


“Some countries have achieved the best international performances in certain areas. For example, Europe is very good in low fatality and accident rates. The US has best practices in administration, technology, policing, preventing crimes and community services. At Dubai Police, we have best practices in certain areas like handling crimes, police academy, traffic management, reducing fatality rate and how to control the city to make it the safest. It’s a platform to launch good initiatives,” he added.

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