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Old Nov 1st 2010, 9:18 pm
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I'm trying to buy something online from the USA with shipping via Aramex but the company I'm buying from says their policy is that if you're a new customer and you want the item shipped to a freight forwarding company, you have to pay by wire transfer.

I can do the xfer online with my internet banking but would it be cheaper to go and do it at a Western Union counter? The item isn't a lot of money, about $35.

EDIT - forget it, I thought WU could send the money to a bank account but they can only send it to another WU office, which doesn't work for me. I guess it's my bank and probably 100 dhs in charges then...

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Old Nov 2nd 2010, 4:56 am
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Will they not accept paypal?
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Old Nov 2nd 2010, 6:11 am
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Not for new customers who want to ship to a freight forwarding company. Once you've proved your bona fides with a wire transfer for your first order, they say they'll allow you to use normal payment methods.
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Do you have a pal in the States who would do it for you? Or who would order it, then post it on to your Aramex PO Box.
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try the other money exchanges - there are heaps and its about 50dhs to do a wire transfer to any bank account, 2 days to clear - I've done several transfers to Asia & Australia before
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Default Re: Need to make wire transfer - use my bank or Western Union?

Try UAEXchange 40dh and my money arrives in my bank account the same day. They are in Emirates Mall
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Try UAEXchange 40dh and my money arrives in my bank account the same day. They are in Emirates Mall
They are also online

http://www.uaeexchange.com/uae/webpa...geid=117&lng=3 and click on remittance services.

954RR (CBR??) - which service do you use?
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Default Re: Need to make wire transfer - use my bank or Western Union?

That said, I can't see a link for online transfer, even though the Google advert says Online Money Transfer?
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Bigtaff I just pitch up at their branch opposite carrefour with an envelope full of cash and send it on.
If you are doing regular transfers then visit and ask them what info they need for cash to bank transfers they will give you a form which you can fill in to receive one of their switch cards.
I just present that and then they pull up my details
Usually you can get their rate on the board minus 2 points if you are tranfering a large sum. They get some bids and ask you if you except.
Usually if you look on xe.com and the GBP to AED rate is 5.64 then the UAEXchange board rate is about 5.68 and you can usually get 5.66.
Mind you it has been a while since it has been that good.
cost for the transfer is 40dh total their are no charges at the UK end.
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Originally Posted by 954RR View Post
Correct and missing it

Bigtaff I just pitch up at their branch opposite carrefour with an envelope full of cash and send it on.
If you are doing regular transfers then visit and ask them what info they need for cash to bank transfers they will give you a form which you can fill in to receive one of their switch cards.
I just present that and then they pull up my details
Usually you can get their rate on the board minus 2 points if you are tranfering a large sum. They get some bids and ask you if you except.
Usually if you look on xe.com and the GBP to AED rate is 5.64 then the UAEXchange board rate is about 5.68 and you can usually get 5.66.
Mind you it has been a while since it has been that good.
cost for the transfer is 40dh total their are no charges at the UK end.
Miss mine too but hope to ship it out at some point

I will pop down and see them I think! No way I'm letting HSBC have my trousers down again (so to speak)!!
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Originally Posted by Bigtaff View Post
Miss mine too but hope to ship it out at some point

I will pop down and see them I think! No way I'm letting HSBC have my trousers down again (so to speak)!!
Make sure your UAE driving licence includes the fact that you can ride a bike on it. They do not automatically put it on and then you have to jump through all the hoops a second time. (Front of your licence bottom left hand corner vehicle permitted) You want to see a 1 and a 3 there.
Depending on how long you are out here for consider it carefully as you have to drive a long way (Oman) to find a decent road.
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My bank (Was RBS but is now ADCB) could only ever give me an approximate rate on line which was always high. Someone else suggested the UAEX and I have found them very friendly and helpfull.
I like the fact that I know what the rate will be before I saw yes and as they sort of follow XE.com I can generally work out their rate from the internet.
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Make sure your UAE driving licence includes the fact that you can ride a bike on it. They do not automatically put it on and then you have to jump through all the hoops a second time.
Yeah, had it put on same day that I got my driving license done
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...Depending on how long you are out here for consider it carefully as you have to drive a long way (Oman) to find a decent road.
Not true, there are loads of good roads; Jebel Hafeet for one, through the Al Hajjar mountains or a couple of nice rides at the back of Hatta Fort. You just need to know where to look. Oman does have some cool roads though.
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I agree that around Hatta Fort there are some good roads (On the border of Oman) but you still have to ride flat straight roads for an age to get there.
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