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Dubai: Everyone looks to make a profitable investment – and if you get a rare opportunity to invest in a potentially successful venture early on, you could be looking at a big return. However, it is important to keep an eye out for financial scams, to ensure your money is goes into safe, reliable investments.

As a financial hub, the UAE has several regulatory authorities in place to protect investors and the public. 

Central Bank

The Central Bank of the UAE is the regulator of banks and other financial institutions in the UAE, excluding the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

You can reach the authority by calling them on 800 CBUAE - 800 (22823).

The Securities and Commodities Authority

The Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) is the regulator of securities and commodities within the United Arab Emirates (UAE), excluding the DIFC

To contact the authority, visit or call 800 SCAUAE (722823).

Dubai Financial Services Authority

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) is the independent regulator of financial and ancillary services conducted in or from the DIFC. You can lodge a complaint with them by filling in the form here:

The Supreme Audit Institution

The Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) is the Supreme audit authority in the United Arab Emirates. The SAI is an independent body and attached to the Federal National Council. Besides auditing the federal government entities, SAI mandate also include fighting fraud and corruption.

To report a fraud to the SAI, visit: and fill out the detailed form, which requires complainants to provide or call 02 635 9999

eCrime website

For crimes that have taken place within the geographical scope of Dubai city, people can register a complaint at

Dubai Police

You can also contact Dubai Police through their app – Dubai Police – or by calling 901 for inquiries only.

You can also report a financial crime to the nearest police station in your area.

Abu Dhabi Police

To contact Abu Dhabi Police, you can visit the nearest police station or contact the call center on 8003333 or email them on

Sharjah Police

To report a financial crime to Sharjah Police, you can visit or visit all Comprehensive Police Stations in Sharjah.