Expats can open bank accounts in the UAE within a couple of working days. It is, however, important to note that different accounts require different documents.
Certain banks may ask for your Emirates ID card; but, if you have not yet received it, you can either submit it later on or the bank may ask for a copy of your Emirates ID registration form.
Tourists and non-residents can only open a savings bank account in the UAE. Although you will not receive a cheque book, you will receive a debit card to withdraw money.
Non-resident accounts will be subject to a minimum and/or maximum balance. Moreover, a bank can also decide to run a background check before allowing a non-resident to open a bank account.