How to open a bank account in Ahli United Bank

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Beginning of cooperation

May, 2023

Last contact

May, 2024

Last update

March, 2024
  • the bank was founded in 1971 in Kuwait, and has been represented in Bahrain since 2000;
  • the bank opens savings (deposit) and current accounts;
  • the bank only opens accounts for local companies registered in Bahrain, and personal accounts also only for residents of Bahrain;
    to open an account for a foreign company will require the opening of a branch in Bahrain;
  • minimum account balance BHD 500* (~ USD 1 330), if lower the fee is BHD 5,5 (~ USD 15); threshold for Premium Banking is BHD 37 000 (~ USD 100 000);
  • personal visit of the founders and account signatory to Bahrain is required to open the account;
  • there is no deposit requirement for the corporate account, but requires that authorized capital be deposited in the account (recommended as the optimum amount of authorized capital is BHD 10 000). The authorized capital in the account is blocked until the procedures for CPR, licenses, etc. are completed;
  • available currencies: BHD, USD, EUR, but you must first open an account in the local currency;
  • it is possible to issue bank cards and checkbooks;
  • pre-approval is possible before the account opening process;
  • fee for transfer to foreign bank is ~ 5,5 BHD* (~ 15 USD);
  • Internet bank in English;
  • time of account opening: about 1-2 weeks

*Rates are approximate as they may eventually vary depending on the service program chosen by the client in the bank

GSL rating
Beginning of cooperation
May, 2023
Last contact
May, 2024
Last update
March, 2024
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Global rating of the head bank
Year of foundation
2000
History
Ahli United Bank B.S.C. (“AUB” or the “Bank”) was established as a bank in Bahrain on 31 May 2000 following a merger between The United Bank of Kuwait PLC (“UBK”) and Al-Ahli Commercial Bank B.S.C. (“ACB”) pursuant to which UBK and ACB each became wholly owned subsidiaries of AUB. The Bank operates under a retail banking license issued by the Central Bank of Bahrain (“CBB”)
Personnel
There are English-speaking staff
Bank’s shareholders
Majority Shareholders: Public Institution For Social Security - Kuwait (18,67%), Social Insurance Organization - Bahrain (10,01%), Tamdeen Investment Co. - Kuwait (7,71%)
Confidentiality
AML legislation is strictly observed
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    Minimum requirements

    1 230
    Minimum balance, €
    No restrictions
    Transactions permitted per month
    1 230
    Initial deposit of funds, €
    1
    Deadline for the initial deposit, month
    Minimum balance, €
    Minimum balance for corporate account - BHD 500 (~ BHD 1 330), for personal - BHD 300 (~ USD 800), for foreign currency account - USD 2 000.
    There is no deposit requirement for the corporate account, but it is required to deposit the share capital into the account (recommended as the optimal amount of MC - BHD 10 000).
    The MC in the account is blocked until the procedures for CPR, licenses, etc. are completed
    Transactions permitted per month
    No restrictions on the number of transfers for current accounts
    Initial deposit of funds, €
    The initial payment is equal to the minimum balance of the account
    Deadline for the initial deposit, month
    To be entered immediately after opening an account
    Minimum turnover, €/year
    No turnover limit
    How fast payments are executed
    Same day or next day

    Tariffs and services

    14
    Outcoming transfer, €
    0
    Incoming transfer, €
    0
    Account maintenance, €/year
    N/A
    Payment limit for credit cards, €/day
    Outcoming transfer, €
    Fee for transfer to foreign bank is ~ BHD 5,5 (~ USD 15)
    Incoming transfer, €
    The bank does not charge for incoming payments
    Account maintenance, €/year
    The bank does not charge for the account maintenance, if the minimum balance of the account is not reduced. If it decreases, the bank charges BHD 5,5 (~ USD 15)
    Distant access to the account
    Internet Bank in English
    Financial products
    AUB and its network of subsidiaries and associated companies form a banking group (“AUB Group”) providing
    - retail banking;
    - corporate banking,
    - treasury and investment services;
    - private banking and wealth management services; and
    - Islamic banking products & services besides offering conventional and Takaful life insurance products
    Credit/debit cards
    Possible to issue bank cards and checkbooks

    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
    Personal visit of the founders and account signatory to Bahrain is required to open the account
    Required
    For a legal entity: Trade License; Memorandum and Articles of Association; Company Registration; Request for account opening indicating the signatory on the account; Tax Card, Computer Card; Registration Cetificate (QFC), Commercial Registration Extract (QFC); completed bank form on the company and owner; copies of current contracts with counterparts; office rental agreements, cash flow chart, ownership structure chart, etc.
    On physical persons (directors / shareholders / beneficiaries / attorneys): proof of identity (passport) + QID; proof of address (Metrash) not older than 3 months; CV; bank references + bank statements for the last 6 months
    Types of accounts
    Savings; Current
    Chances to open an account
    Predictable

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