Best Savings Accounts in UAE [How to Open]

If you’re looking for the best savings accounts in the UAE, you’ve come to the right spot.

In this article, we’re going to discuss the banking landscape for foreign non-residents, the availability of savings accounts, and a few unique non-resident considerations.

We’ll also discuss alternatives, such as accessing more sophisticated banking services in the Cayman Islands or accounts in other international banking jurisdictions, like the Isle of Man or Jersey.

Feel free to use the table of contents to jump ahead to the sections most relevant to you.

Table of Contents

  1. Banking in the UAE 101
  2. Requirements to Open UAE Savings Accounts
  3. Alternatives to Opening a UAE Account
  4. Ready to Open a Savings Account in the UAE?

Banking in the UAE 101

First, it’s important to acknowledge that not all UAE banking options are equal. And, before determining which bank you want to open an account with, you need to decide which emirate you want to bank in.

Important note: Banking in the UAE does not provide account holders with access to enhanced privacy, secrecy, or other levels of protection as the UAE is a member of CRS and AEOI.

Most expats and non-residents focus their attention on opening accounts in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and RAK. It also helps that the vast majority of banks offering expat and non-resident banking are located in these emirates, especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Now, that doesn’t mean the other emirates aren’t worth considering. But in most cases, you should only consider banking outside of these three emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, RAK) if you have a specific reason to bank there.

In other words, banking in the UAE is not a suitable destination for individuals seeking overseas investment services, private banking, or private wealth management. There are a number of reasons for this, not the least of which is that there are more competent and easier-to-access options elsewhere.

That said, if you’re a non-resident looking to open a savings account in the UAE 100% remotely, you might be out of luck. That’s because remote account opening is typically reserved for premier banking, private banking, or private wealth management options.

Of course, if you are looking to open accounts locally as a non-resident and you can visit a branch in person, then you’ll be able to open a savings account in the UAE. In fact, it may be one of the only accounts you can open, which we’ll explain below.

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Requirements to Open a UAE Savings Account

The requirements for opening accounts in the UAE are relatively simple to navigate if you can meet the account opening deposit and show up in person. Not surprisingly, if you decide that you want to open accounts remotely, there are far fewer options to choose from and the deposit is considerably higher.

Here are the basic requirements you should expect to fulfill when opening accounts in the UAE:

  • Government-issued identification
  • Proof of residence (in your country of tax residence)
  • Proof of your source of income and wealth
  • Letter from your employer (or accountant)
  • Personal bank statements (3 to 6 months)
  • Account opening deposit (see below)
  • Bank reference letter

Balance Requirements

If you are looking to open a savings account in the UAE in person, you can usually open accounts with a deposit between 0 and 300 AED, which is up to roughly US $815.

However, if you want to open remotely and need to open a premier or private bank account, you should expect to deposit between 500,000 AED and 1,000,000 AED, which is roughly US $135,000 to $270,000.

Alternatives to Opening a UAE Account

The account opening options that you might want to consider instead of the UAE ultimately depend on the type of account that you are trying to open.

For example, if you are looking to open international bank accounts, you may want to consider opening in jurisdictions that cater to international expats and non-residents in places like Jersey, the Isle of Man, or Guernsey.

Alternatively, if you are looking to open private bank accounts, you may want to open them in places like Singapore, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, or even Monaco.

Of course, you can also consider opening accounts with more technology-enabled options such as EMIs, fintech platforms, and even fintech private banking platforms.

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The GlobalBanks editorial team comprises a group of subject-matter experts from across the banking world, including former bankers, analysts, investors, and entrepreneurs. All have in-depth knowledge and experience in various aspects of international banking. In particular, they have expertise in banking for foreigners, non-residents, and both foreign and offshore companies.

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