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Old Jul 23rd 2008, 1:41 pm
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Hi everyone,
I am preparing for the big jump to UAE, I'll be in AD starting from September. For sure I'll need to open a bank account asap. Which bank do yopu think it's the best one if you're looking 4 internet banking facilities and cheap fees on wire transferts from UAE to Europe?
Any suggestion is highly appreciated
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Old Jul 23rd 2008, 1:42 pm
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Hi everyone,
I am preparing for the big jump to UAE, I'll be in AD starting from September. For sure I'll need to open a bank account asap. Which bank do yopu think it's the best one if you're looking 4 internet banking facilities and cheap fees on wire transferts from UAE to Europe?
Any suggestion is highly appreciated
Marco
NBAD. Fantastic internet banking and USD5 to transfer money to Europe.
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Originally Posted by Marco78 View Post
Hi everyone,
I am preparing for the big jump to UAE, I'll be in AD starting from September. For sure I'll need to open a bank account asap. Which bank do yopu think it's the best one if you're looking 4 internet banking facilities and cheap fees on wire transferts from UAE to Europe?
Any suggestion is highly appreciated
Marco
HSBC Status account has been ok for me so far but depends on how much you pay in every month think their is a mimimum amount?
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we have ADCB
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HSBC Status account has been ok for me so far but depends on how much you pay in every month think their is a mimimum amount?
Yeah, you need to put in a minimum of 20,000AED a month.
I've no problems with HSBC. I set up a standing instruction (FREE) to send back 1500pounds each month to my UK account.
I also got the Etihad credit card from them
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I use Lloyds TSB. Internet banking, minimum balance of 5000AED, and two free transfers back to the UK every month.

Only problem for me is I get paid into my UK account.
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I use Lloyds TSB. Internet banking, minimum balance of 5000AED, and two free transfers back to the UK every month.

Only problem for me is I get paid into my UK account.
ADIB (Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank ) believe it or not are also great.
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ADIB (Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank ) believe it or not are also great.
Dubai islamic bank is good , abu dhabi national bank is good too

but i am not sure if they are international.
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Dubai islamic bank is good , abu dhabi national bank is good too

but i am not sure if they are international.
they have branches dotted around Internationally, they have one in Knightsbridge in London but dont think they are truly international, but for local banking they are good
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they have branches dotted around Internationally, they have one in Knightsbridge in London but dont think they are truly international, but for local banking they are good
thanks for the info.
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the best one is Dubai Islamic bank

when it comes to the hidden fees or cost localy .. it is the best one

but have no idea about international transferes
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Hi there,

I'm just opening one with Lloyd's as my colleague has had a good expereince with them, another colleague also rates HSBC.

I started out with Barclays but that was a total disaster - appaling service - it's been open almost two months i still don't have a PIN or internet banking details!!! - avoid it and tell everyone else to avoid it if you can. When i was last in to tell them i was moving another gentleman was also complaining bitterly as he put it "I don't need a coffee shop (they do good coffee) i need a competent bank!"
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