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Friday, 20 June, 2003, 10:11 GMT 11:11 UK
Hardtalk in the Gulf: Mohamed Al-Abbar
Dubai hotel
Al-Qaeda funds had passed through the UAE prior to the 11 September attacks
In a HARDtalk interview on 18 June, Tim Sebastian travels to Dubai to speak to the Director-General of the Dubai Department of Economic Development


Dubai's glass skyscrapers, massive construction sites and booming tourist trade are symbols of a thriving economy.

But behind the glossy facade there is a government struggling to impose financial transparency and standards on its business community.

After the attacks on 11 September,2001 , it was shown that Al-Qaeda funds had passed through the UAE.

So what is being done, and could tougher controls harm Dubai's prospects?

HARDtalk can be seen on BBC World at 03:30 GMT, 08:30 GMT, 11:30 GMT, 15:30 GMT, 18:30 GMT and 23:30 GMT.

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 03:30 GMT and 22:30 GMT

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