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Open a corporate account with a UAE bank 2023

How to open a corporate account with a UAE bank in 2023

06. 01. 2023

It is not easy for a non-resident to open a corporate bank account in the UAE in 2023, because the government strictly controls the financial sector. Entrepreneurs must first prove their reliability and honesty, convince the bank that they know their industry very well, and provide all the necessary documents. Also, business owners must have a visa, rent an office in the UAE, meet other requirements.

What you should know about the UAE banking system

UAE banks are completely safe, reliably protecting customers' money from unauthorized interference. Among the advantages:

  • Full confidentiality.
  • Multicurrency account.
  • Easy tracking of cash flows and transactions.
  • Ability to pay taxes using a company account.
  • Business loans.
  • Advanced digital and mobile banking.

UAE banks are strictly controlled, so foreigners are scrutinized according to established protocol. If banks do not do this, they risk a fine. Therefore, in some cases, they are better to refuse the applicant than to deal with the regulatory authorities. It is very important that not only the owners have an unblemished reputation, but also the countries of which they are residents, are not under sanctions.

Thus, before applying for opening an account in a bank in the UAE, it is necessary to collect all the documents, to answer all the questions in detail. To make the task as easy as possible, we recommend contacting the employees of IT-OFFSHORE.

How to open a bank account in UAE

There are more than 50 banks operating in the country, the activity of which is supervised by the UAE Central Bank. They are divided into 4 categories - commercial (local and branches of foreign institutions), Islamic and industrial. The most popular are:

  • National Bank of Dubai, the largest in the UAE;
  • Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank;
  • Dubai Islamic Bank;
  • Standard Chartered;
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank.

A company registered not in the free zone, but on the mainland, has a better chance of opening an account. If the business is already registered in the FEZ, it is advisable to have at least a warehouse on the mainland. It is also important to take care of the availability of a license, if it is required, otherwise the account will not be opened.

Another condition, without which most banks will not open an account - the owner must have a visa and ID. A local residential address, a quality business plan, and a website also increase the chances of a positive response.

Opening a bank account in the UAE: basic steps

To open an account with the National Bank of Dubai or another bank, you need to do the following steps:

  • Determine which UAE bank is more convenient for your business, and find out its requirements.
  • Obtain a business license.
  • Attach corporate and other documents to the application.
  • Wait for the end of the inspection and the bank's decision. The officer will check not only the company, but also the personal information of its owners, shareholders, and directors.
  • Have an interview with the bank officer, which is scheduled after a thorough check of all the data.

Package of documents

Each bank has its own requirements for opening an account. It is mandatory to submit the following documents:

  • Passport and Emirates ID of the shareholder, company owner, director.
  • Resident visa for the representative of the company.
  • Comprehensive resume, which confirms that the owner, director is a professional in their field.
  • Documents confirming the legal address of the company and the physical address of its founder.
  • Corporate documents - memorandum, charter, license, certificate of registration, lease agreement, etc.
  • Statement of personal bank account of all shareholders with a description of transactions for the last 6 months.
  • Paper confirming the ownership of the company for which you need a corporate account.
  • A detailed business plan.
  • Board resolution authorizing the officer to open a corporate account.

Other documents may be needed, including information about the source of funds, vendor information, existing contracts, etc.

How to open a bank account in UAE

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