Best banks for expats in the United Arab Emirates

As an expat in the United Arab Emirates, choosing your bank wisely is essential. As you will see below, there are several categories that may be more or less suitable for you, depending on your needs. recommends you the following banking establishments.

Premium banking for expats

The following banking establishments are experts in global personal banking, designed specifically for expatriates.

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As a bank focused on those living and working abroad, HSBC Expat offers expert banking and wealth management services, providing expats with a secure, central place to easily manage and grow their money, no matter where they move.

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Neobanks, for those who travel a lot

With minimal account maintenance fees and cheaper international money transfers compared to traditional banks, neobanks are made for you if you are preparing for your move abroad or if you travel internationally quite often (for work or holiday purposes).

A multi-currency account cheaper than a traditional bank. Made for frequent travellers or expatriates to spend their money abroad without hidden fees, using the real exchange rate and holding and converting money in 56 different currencies.

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