They claimed they needed a chemical substance to remove a 'secret seal'.
Two visitors are accused of producing counterfeit money and attempted fraud, as heard by the Court of First Instance in Dubai.
The men, aged 28 and 45, were nabbed with $52,000 (Dh190,996) of counterfeit cash.
The case dates back to January 6.
The complainant, a 47-year-old manager, told the police that in December 2017, some people contacted his brother in Saudi Arabia.
They claimed they had $5 million (Dh18,365,000) in Kenya and were looking to invest it in Dubai.
"A man met me later at a hotel, and he visited me again at my office at Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT). He carried a suitcase in which he kept 4 bills, each of $100 denominations.
"He said that it was just a small part of a large amount kept in a diplomatic pouch at the Kenyan embassy.
"He claimed the notes bore a secret seal that needed be removed by a chemical substance."
He asked for $2,800 (Dh10,284) as a fee to transfer the pouch out of the embassy.
The manager's suspicions were aroused and he informed the police.
When the duo came to the manager's office with a safe they claimed could only be opened by a chemist from the embassy, CID officers arrested them.
A complaint was registered at Al Barsha police station.
Both admitted to the charges during the public prosecution's investigation.
The trial was adjourned to April 25.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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