Local UAE Banks List

Local UAE Banks ListBranches usually in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Possibly also in Ajman, Al Ain, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Dibba, Kalba, Khorfakkan, Ruwais. Websites given for information only. You should not use these for online banking login. Usually a domain ending in .ae is a little less risky than .com since it is more difficult to register a .ae domain name. Many banks have registered both the .ae and .com version of their names, but not all. Emirate of head office in brackets.

  • Abu Dhabi Real Estate Bank – see Real Estate Bank
  • ADCB – Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (Abu Dhabi) – www.adcb.ae – expanding its network of branches in the UAE. As of Oct 2006 40 branches, 100 ATMs, 24 hr tel 8002030, home mortgage finance available.
  • ADIB – Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (Abu Dhabi) – www.adib.ae
  • Al Bashayer Investment Company – investment bank in Abu Dhabi? Run by women, for women? Tel +971-2-4418800.
  • Al Hilal Islamic Bank – same as Hilal Islamic Bank
  • Ajman Bank / Ajman Islamic Bank. Expansion plans curtailed due to 2008 financial meltdown. First branch opened in Ajman December 2008. Plans to open 8 branches in 2009 (originally planned to open 15), 6 in 2010, 6 in 2011 (13 April 2009 Reuters report). Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is Yousif Khalaf.
  • Al Noor Islamic Bank – same as Noor Islamic Bank
  • Arab Bank for Investment and Foreign Trade (ARBIFT), www.arbift.com ok, www.ardift.ae gives DNS error. Rebranded as Al Masraf Bank tel 800-2199, Government owned. Official website is www.al-masraf.ae. Bad URLs www.al-masraf.com is spam, www.almasraf.com and www.almasraf.ae give DNS errors, www.almasrafbank.com is not valid.
  • AEI Bank – Arab Emirates Investment Bank PJSC (Dubai) – www.aeibank.com
  • BOS – Bank of Sharjah – www.bankofsharjah.com (Sharjah)
  • CBD – Commercial Bank of Dubai – www.cbd.ae (Dubai)
  • CBI – Commercial Bank International – www.cbiuae.com (Ras Al Khaimah), tel 8004844.
  • Central Bank of the UAE – www.centralbank.ae (Abu Dhabi, tel +971-2-6652220), branches in Dubai, Sharjah, RAK, Al Ain, Fujeirah/Fujairah. Not a retail bank. Develops UAE banking, credit and monetary policy, is banker and financial advisor to the UAE Government and central bank for the UAE.
  • Crescent Bank – same as Hilal Islamic Bank
  • Dubai Bank – www.dubaibank.ae (Dubai). Established September 2002, became an Islamic bank (Shari’a compliant) 01 January 2007, taken over by Emirates NBD in October 2011.
  • Dubai First – www.dubai-first.com (Dubai). A consumer finance subsidiary of Dubai Holding offering credit cards, mortgage finance and personal loans.
  • DIB – Dubai Islamic Bank (Dubai) – web www.dib.ae or www.alislami.ae (Dubai)
  • Emirates Bank Group – umbrella stand for EBI, EIB, meBank, and MEB.
  • Emirates Money – consumer finance company subsidiary of Emirates NBD.
  • Emirates NBD – new bank formed by the merger of Emirates Bank and National Bank of Dubai in 2007.
  • EBI – Emirates Bank International – www.emiratesbank.ae (Dubai). From November 2006, extended opening hours from 0800-2100 at some locations: Umm Suqueim, Sahara Mall and Sharjah City Mall in Sharjah, Mall of the Emirates (opened late 2006, hours 1000-2100), Ajman in the Escape Tower (open Nov 2006). From June 2007 open 0800-2000 in Dubai Festival City, Trade Center, Mizher, Mirdiff and Green Community branches Saturday to Thursday. Ramadan opening hours (2007) 1000-2100 at Sharjah City Center & Mall of the Emirates, 0900-2100 at the Umm Sequeim Branch on Al Wasl Road, and Al Shindagha Market Branch. New branches (26 Jan 2008) Old Town Dubai, Dubai Healthcare City
  • EIB – Emirates Islamic Bank – www.emiratesislamicbank.ae (Dubai). Bur Dubai and Khaleej Center branches open 0800-2000 Sun-Thu and 0800-1300 on Sat. Other branches open 0800-1500 but may also start to open extended hours.
  • EIB – Emirates Industrial Bank www.emiratesindustrialbank.net (Abu Dhabi, branch in Dubai), chairman Dr Mohammad Khalfan Bin Kharbash (Minister of State for Industry and Financial Affairs), arranges finance for UAE industrial organisations. Not a retail bank. 100% owned by UAE Ministry of Finance (19 October 2009 press release – MOF bought remaining 49% stake from other organisations).
  • FGB – First Gulf Bank – www.fgb.ae (Abu Dhabi).
  • FH – Finance House – branches in Abu Dhabi (head office), Dubai, and Sharjah (open early 2010). Dubai branch relocated on Sheikh Zayed Rd (moved about 1 km) October 2010. Chairman of FH is Mohammed Al Qubaisi (Alqubaisi). Investment services provided by subsidiary FH Capital. Opening hours 0800-1700 Saturday to Thursday.
  • Hilal Islamic Bank – established July 2007, first branches opened June 2008. Not related to the Al Hilal Islamic division of Ahli United Bank in Bahrain.
  • Invest Bank – www.invest-bank.com (Sharjah)
  • Mashreq Bank (Dubai) – www.mashreqbank.com, one of first banks to be open in the afternoons, has a large number of branches around the UAE. Renamed as just Mashreq.
  • meBank – (Dubai) a internet banking subsidiary of EBI – www.me.ae. Not the same as Middle East Bank (MEB), although MEB is also a subsidiary of EBI.
  • MEB – Middle East Bank (Dubai) – www.meb.ae – part of Emirates Bank Group.
  • NBAD – National Bank of Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi) – www.nbad.ae – one of the largest UAE banks.
  • NBD – National Bank of Dubai (Dubai) – www.nbd.ae
  • NBF – National Bank of Fujairah (Fujairah/Fujeirah) – www.nbf.ae. Jan 2008 – new Jebel Ali branch, 11 in UAE, 4 more by end 2008.
  • NBQ – National Bank of Umm Al Quwain (UAQ or Umm/Um Al Qaiwain/Qawain/Quwain) – www.nbq.ae
  • NBS – National Bank of Sharjah (Sharjah) – renamed to Sharjah Islamic Bank
  • Noor Islamic Bank – subsidiary of Dubai Holding, established in 2007 (Dec 2006 news) with AED 4 billion of capital. CEO Hussain al-Qemzi. Operations start 02 January 2008 with 10 branches in the UAE. Dubai branches: Al Fattan Tower, Al Garhoud, Al Mamzar, Bur Dubai near Burjaman Center, Dubai Media City, on Sheikh Zayed Road (between Crowne Plaza and Defense Roundabout). Other branches in Abu Dhabi (Al Mansoori Tower), Al Ain, Sharjah (Al Bohairah & Al Rolla). Tel +971-4-3627300, website www.noorbank.com.
  • RAK Bank – National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) – www.rakbank.ae – seems to be quite a popular choice with good reports. Claim a best bank rating for customer service from Ethos International (Nov 2006 advertisements) but, strangely, EI is a US based NGO (Non-Government Organisation) trying to improve supply of clean water for children around the world.
  • REB – Real Estate Bank (or UAE Real Estate Bank) – Abu Dhabi based bank established in 1981 but didn’t commence operations until 1999. Capital of AED 2 billion, fully owned by the Government. The Bank facilitates real estate credit in the UAE for UAE nationals, establishments, companies and cooperative societies. Website www.realestatebank.ae.
  • SIB – Sharjah Islamic Bank (Sharjah) – www.sib.ae – previously known as National Bank of Sharjah, NBS. New headquarters officially opened by HH Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Ruler of Sharjah in January 2010. Located on the Khan Corniche, in the first nine floors of a 30 floor tower (remaining floors are residential) built at a cost of AED 300m (press release 06 January 2010).
  • UAB – United Arab Bank (Sharjah) – www.uab.ae
  • UAE Central Bank – www.centralbank.ae
  • UNB – Union National Bank (Abu Dhabi) – www.unb.ae

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