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All companies require a bank account, but banking in the UAE, especially how to open a bank account in Dubai is becoming increasingly difficult due to international transparency and anti-money laundering initiatives. Many banks will no longer open accounts for non-resident companies. Dealing with high risk countries is strictly not acceptable.  In any case, the client has to meet with the due diligence requirements, and this varies from bank to bank.

Below is the procedure for how to open a bank account in Dubai:

Company Incorporation

Follow the procedure to incorporate your Company whether it is mainland, free zone or offshore.  While incorporating, make sure that the activities of the company are clearly mentioned in the license or in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.  The object of the Company must align with the business plan you are giving to the Bank.

Company Documents

While the documentation differs according to the bank, here is a list of the general documents needed:

  • A corporate account opening form.
  • A board of directors’ resolution authorising the opening of the account and the signatories to open/operate and close the account.
  • A copy of the Company’s certificate of incorporation for offshore Companies
  • A copy of trade licence for free zone and mainland Companies
  • A copy of share certificates (not applicable for Branch entities)
  • A copy of the company’s memorandum and articles of association.

Other supporting documents required on case to case basis are sample contracts or invoices, reference letters from business partners, Business plan and details of company website.

In case of Branch companies or subsidiaries, corporate documents will need to be attested by the UAE embassy from the country of origin, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in the UAE.

Authorized signatory information

  • Copies of passports for all partners in the company including visa page or entry stamp in passport.
  • Utility bill or tenancy contract in country of residence
  • 3 months personal bank statement
  • Experience in the same field is an added advantage as it adds to the credibility of the new business.
  • UAE Residency. Most banks now require the authorised signatory or the Manager of the Company to have a UAE residency visa.  Without the visa, cheque book will not be issued.


Choice of Bank

Once your documents are in place, you can now approach one of the UAE’s many banks. There are several local and international banks to choose from in the UAE including Emirates NBD, Noor Bank, RAK Bank, Mashreq Bank, Emirates Islamic Bank and First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB).

When choosing a bank, you should consider the facilities offered by the banks and the documents needed. The deposit requirements also vary depending on the banks and whether it is a retail or premier account.  The average balance usually starts from AED 10,000 to AED 250,000.

Application process

Once the paperwork is ready, we can start the application process. The signatory will have to sign the forms in front of the bank officer unless the signature can be certified by an overseas branch. At this point, the sales representative will give you information on the banking services and the due diligence requirements. Account opening usually takes 3 weeks or more depending on the completeness of the information.

Use our professional services

Zenesis has long standing relationships with several banks and hence are able to offer you bespoke solutions with regard to banking in the UAE by offering you a reliable introduction and help you with the application process. We also ensure that all the documents and information are complete thus saving delays in the account opening process. Regular follow ups go a long way in expediting the process.

Working with an expert is the best way to ensure this process runs smoothly. Our advisors can assist with the entire process – helping you decide which bank is right for you, putting you in contact with the relevant institutions and checking your application for errors and omissions.  However, we cannot accept responsibility if the account is declined or for the stability of solvency of the bank itself.

About Zenesis Corp

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