There are many ways to make international money transfers in the UAE. With a higher mix of expats the international transfers and remittances from the UAE are higher. According to the central bank of UAE the beneficiary families are from India, Philippines, UK and US. The market for money transfers in UAE is highly developed. The online services like digital transfers, online banking, exchange houses functions within the country. Here we provide you with a guide on making international transfers in the UAE. The following are the ways for international money transfer in the UAE. 

  1. International transfers in UAE
  2. Online transfers services in UAE
  3. International transfers in UAE through banks
  4. Wire transfers in UAE
  5. Foreign exchange brokers in UAE

1. International transfers in UAE

In the UAE, nearly 90% of the total population comprises expats. There is no surprise that Middle Eastern countries are the second largest population where the remittances are higher to other countries. International money transfers from your bank account to the receiver party can be made through online payments through third-party services, cash services exchange over the counter. There are fees and services associated with the transfers. Consider the exchange rates, transfer fees and processing time when you are making international transfers. 

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2. Online transfers services in UAE

There are a number of online services which provide international money transfers in the UAE. To encourage the transfer remittances the government launched a transfer wire in Abu Dhabi in 2019. However, there are other platforms which support online transfers such as PayPal, CurrencyFair or Moneycorp. These transfer services allow customers to transfer dirhams to overseas bank accounts. There are also domestic startup companies such as Now Money and Denarii Cash. 

According to an estimate, using online services for international money transfer is more economical, this accounted for eight times cheaper than other services. There is a fee associated with the online transfer which is charged by the bank or the transfer company.

The currency fair offers money transfer facilities to more than 150 countries. You can avoid excess bank fees when you transfer money online. The exchange rates are cheaper than banks which help you to avoid excess fees. 

Money transfer facilities are also available through mobile banking. To make a through online you have to follow the below instructions.

  • Add the recipient details as given on account. 
  • Bank name, address, account number and branch
  • SWIFT code or IBAN code

You can also visit the bank and ask for more details. If you are making international transfers for the first time, banks may also contact you and verify the details. 

3. International transfers in UAE through banks

Licensed banks in the UAE provide money transfer in the UAE. Bank transfers are an easy and convenient way to transfer. For the expats bank transfers are the easiest method, the account holders can make transactions within minutes while using mobile banking or the internet. Banks predefine their exchange rates and this is different from the interbank rate which is shown on google. Money transfers are expensive through the traditional method of bank transfer.
For any exchange remittance banks will charge a service fee for doing remittance. There are several banks in the UAE which do not charge an upfront service fee for transfer because of international relationships with the countries. Bank service fee may be from 0 to AED 100 which does not include VAT, for international bank transfers the maximum time would be 5 working days to transfer the money. 

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4. Wire transfers in the UAE


When it is an international money transfer 75% of expats use wire transfer. Money exchange is done overseas through the 125 cash houses. This is done through the SWIFT banking network, through the international funds transfer companies such as MoneyGram or Western Union. These exchange companies are in Malls high streets throughout the UAE. Companies such as Al Fardan Exchange, Al Ansari, Al Rostamani Exchange, LuLu Exchange, UAE Exchange, GCC Exchange, and Wall St Exchange provide transfer services. 

5. Foreign exchange brokers in UAE


There are many foreign exchange brokers that operate in the UAE. When you are making an international transfer foreign exchange brokers can assist you in sending money to your home country. The foreign exchange brokers are the regulatory authorities such as UAE Central Bank, Dubai International Financial Center or Abu Dhabi Global Market and other international regulators within the country. These foreign exchange brokers provide customer service, online tracking, create trustworthiness and provide transparency in their transactions. 

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Vinay Kumar Goguru is a finance professional with more than 8 years of diverse experience as a researcher, instructor and Industry work experience with both public and private entities. Prior to MyMoneySouq, he spent 6 years in Berkadia, It's a commercial mortgage banking company. He has a "Doctoral Degree in Commerce" and two master's degrees with a specialization in Finance, one as Master of Commerce and other as Master of Business Administration. He has written several articles on personal finance, published by different International journals. He loves traveling, reading and writing is his passion. He has a dream of writing a book on his favorite finance topics.

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Vinay Kumar
Vinay Kumar Goguru is a finance professional with more than 8 years of diverse experience as a researcher, instructor and Industry work experience with both public and private entities. Prior to MyMoneySouq, he spent 6 years in Berkadia, It's a commercial mortgage banking company. He has a "Doctoral Degree in Commerce" and two master's degrees with a specialization in Finance, one as Master of Commerce and other as Master of Business Administration. He has written several articles on personal finance, published by different International journals. He loves traveling, reading and writing is his passion. He has a dream of writing a book on his favorite finance topics.

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