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Review of Best Banks in Dubai

Large portion of the Dubai economy belongs to local and international business activities. Therefore Dubai banks are operating in a way to assist this driving force of Dubai. This page will describe major banks in Dubai that you should be aware of.


Banks in Dubai can be divided in to two categories

×Local banks
×International banks

Major Local Banks in Dubai

Dubai Islamic Bank – Banking practices have been defined as per Islam laws. No interest for deposits and very low interest for loans.

Emirates Banking Group

National Bank of Dubai

Mashreq Bank


International Banks in Dubai

Standard Charted Bank - Standard Charted has the largest branch network in Dubai in the international category.

HSBC – Very popular for car loans and credit cards. Also one of the best banks in Dubai for customer service.

Lloyds TSB Bank (Lloyds Bank PLC)

Citi Bank

Habib Bank AG Zurich

Barclays Bank

ABN-Amro Bank


Major banking services in Dubai

Vehicle loans – Bank owns the car until the loan is fully paid. Therefore vehicle loans are relatively easier than all other types of loans.

Credit cards – You need to hand over an open cheque for the maximum credit limit.

Housing/property investment loans

Personal loans

Most of the banks have online banking facilities.


How to open a bank account in Dubai?

You must hold residence visa to open a bank account. Most of the companies have their preferred banks for employees. Opening an account with your employer’s preferred bank is much easier. You need following items to open a bank account in Dubai.

- Your passport (with residence visa).
- Salary letter from your employer.




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