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How to open a bank account in Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)

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GSL rating

Beginning of cooperation

September, 2019

Last contact

December, 2022

Last update

October, 2022
  • one of the UAE’s largest banks, headquartered in Abu Dhabi;
  • the bank opens savings (deposit) and business accounts;
  • the bank only opens accounts to local companies: LLC, Free Zone Company, UAE offshore companies; personal accounts for residents and non-residents;
  • the minimum average monthly balance in the account is AED 10 000 (~USD 2 722);
  • the beneficial owner must visit the UAE for account opening;
  • the bank issues bank cards;
  • pre-approval procedure: a positive answer means that the account is most likely to be opened;
  • 1 transaction per month is free of charge, every transaction beyond that costs ~USD 5.7 *;
  • 1 transaction per month is free of charge, every transaction beyond that costs ~USD 5.7 *;
  • the account maintenance fee is charged if the account drops below the minimum balance and is AED 150  (~USD 40) * per month;
  • online banking in English

* These fees are indicative and may vary depending on the banking package chosen by the client

GSL rating
Beginning of cooperation
September, 2019
Last contact
December, 2022
Last update
October, 2022
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Year of foundation
1985
History
Founded in 1985 upon merger of Emirates Commercial Bank, Federal Commercial Bank and Khaleej Commercial Bank. Has offices and ATMs throughout the country, as well as branches in India, Jersey, the UK and Singapore
Personnel
The staff speak English
Bank’s shareholders
The main shareholder is the Government of Abu Dhabi, with 65% of the shares held through a special investment fund
Confidentiality
Judicial Cooperation Agreement with Russia is signed; Double Taxation Agreement with Russia is signed; AML legislation is strictly observed
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    Minimum requirements

    2 488
    Minimum balance, €
    No restrictions
    Transactions permitted per month
    2 488
    Initial deposit of funds, €
    1
    Deadline for the initial deposit, month
    Minimum balance, €
    The minimum average monthly balance in the account is AED 10 000 (~USD 2 722)
    Transactions permitted per month
    There are no restrictions on the number of transactions
    Initial deposit of funds, €
    The initial deposit equals the minimum balance
    Deadline for the initial deposit, month
    The initial deposit is made at the time of opening the account
    How fast payments are executed
    The payments are executed same day

    Tariffs and services

    5
    Outcoming transfer, €
    5
    Incoming transfer, €
    0
    Account maintenance, €/year
    N/A
    Payment limit for credit cards, €/day
    Outcoming transfer, €
    1 transaction per month is free of charge, every transaction beyond that costs AED 20 (~USD 5.7)
    Incoming transfer, €
    1 transaction per month is free of charge, every transaction beyond that costs AED 20 (~USD 5.7)
    Account maintenance, €/year
    The account maintenance fee is charged if the account drops below the minimum balance and is AED 150 (~USD 40) * per month
    Distant access to the account
    Online banking in English
    Financial products
    The bank offers a wide range of banking and financial services, including bank accounts for corporate and individual clients, private banking, asset management, investments, and loans
    Credit/debit cards
    Yes

    Account opening procedure

    Days to open for incoming transfers
    case by case
    Days to open for outcoming transfers
    case by case
    References
    Not necessary
    Purpose of the account
    Savings & current
    Visit to the bank
    The beneficial owner must visit the country for account opening
    Required
    For a corporate account: completed bank questionnaires for the company and owner; bank statements from the company account for the last 6 months (if the company is new, then bank statements from the owner’s other company account); copies of existing contracts with partners; office lease contract, cash flow chart, ownership structure chart, etc.

    For a personal account: proof of identity (passport); proof of address (not older than 3 months); Resident Visa; CV; bank reference letter + bank statements for the last 6 months.

    The list is not exhaustive. The bank may request any other documents and information.
    Types of accounts
    Savings; Current
    Chances to open an account
    Predictable

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