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Top 3 Money Transfer Providers for UAE to Saudi Arabia

Provider Amount Received Fee Exchange Rate Speed
Smart Currency Exchange Smart Currency Exchange SAR ﷼ 10,034.94 23.15AED 1.0035 1-3 days more...
OFX (UK) OFX (UK) SAR ﷼ 9,828.00 No Fee 0.9828 1-4 days more...
Moneycorp Moneycorp SAR ﷼ 9,989.81 No Fee 0.999 1-3 days more...
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a dense network of both domestic and foreign bank branches, which makes overseas money transfers to the UAE and transferring money from the UAE relatively simple Read More
SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabias currency, the Saudi riyal, is pegged to the US dollar (USD), and the exchange rate has been fixed at 3 Read More
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Top 6 Money Transfer Providers

Latest prices for transferring money from UAE to Saudi Arabia
Exchange Rates as of 13 July 2020, 08:03

Smart Currency Exchange

Est. 2004
Smart is focused on helping clients to effectively and efficiently send and receive payments internationally
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Amount Received
SAR ﷼ 10,034.94
AED 286.17
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OFX (UK)

Est. 1998

OFX (previously UKForex in the UK), provides secure and speedy international money transfers to over 300,000 people in 55 currencies at better-than-bank rates

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Amount Received
SAR ﷼ 9,828.00
AED 83.51
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Moneycorp

Est. 1979

One-off payments | Regular payments | Great rates | Safeguarded customer funds

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Amount Received
SAR ﷼ 9,989.81
AED 241.97
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WorldFirst

Est. 2004

Transparency and security | Great customer feedback rating from Feefo

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Amount Received
SAR ﷼ 10,160.34
AED 408.97
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Global Reach (formerly FC Exchange)

Est. 2005

Great rates | One-off payments | Regular transfers | E-Money Institution | No fees for FXcompared customers

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Amount Received
SAR ﷼ 10,072.65
AED 323.09
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RationalFX

Est. 2005
Established in 2005, RationalFX helps individuals and businesses achieve significant savings on international payments
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Amount Received
SAR ﷼ 10,039.60
AED 290.73
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How to Transfer Money from UAE to Saudi Arabia

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UAE to Saudi Arabia Guide

Summary

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia are both members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), so goods, persons and capital can move easily across national borders. The Saudi Arabian riyal (SAR) and the Emirati dirham (AED) are fully convertible and both currencies are pegged to the US dollar, which means that conversions from dirhams to riyals are relatively stable and predictable. There are few restrictions to transfer money from Dubai to Saudi Arabia. However, as in many other countries, cash transfers to Saudi Arabia that exceed a value of 60,000 riyals (US$16,000) must be declared to customs authorities.

Visas for Saudi Arabia

Emirati citizens who reside in Dubai or elsewhere in the UAE do not need a visa to enter Saudi Arabia since both countries are members of the GCC, a regional body that aims to encourage political and economic integration in the Gulf. Regional leaders have put in place a common market, which allows citizens to move freely throughout the region. However, citizens or permanent residents of non GCC-member countries will need a visa in addition to a Saudi sponsor who can vouch for you during your stay. You must obtain a visa prior to your arrival in Saudi Arabia.

Doing business in Saudi Arabia

Doing business in Saudi Arabia will require some amount of flexibility. Nonetheless, regulations in Saudi Arabia make it a fairly favourable place to do business, especially where it concerns registering property, obtaining permits for construction and paying taxes. As far as the cost of living is concerned, Saudi Arabia ranks in the mid-level in comparison to many other Middle Eastern countries. In many cases, highly skilled expatriates can obtain compensation packages for relocating which include insurance and subsidies for housing, transportation and school fees for their families.

Saudi authorities do not restrict capital flowing out of the country. Income from investment in Saudi Arabia, such as corporate profits, dividends and capital gains, can be freely transferred back to Dubai. As in most other countries, high-value cash transfers must be reported to Saudi customs authorities.

Banking, money and taxes

Saudi Arabia boasts a highly-developed and sound banking system, so you can be confident that your funds will be secure when you transfer money from Dubai to Saudi Arabia. In addition to local banks, several international banks operated branches in the country. Many of these offer mobile and online banking services which can easily facilitate overseas money transfers. Banks operate between Sunday and Thursday from 8pm to 12pm and 5pm to 8pm. On Fridays, they are open from 8am to 12pm.

Foreign nationals may open a bank account in Saudi Arabia, provided that you have a letter from your employer and your official identification. Some Saudi banks do not apply interest to bank balances, nor will they allow an account holder to go into debt. Expats who want to earn interest on income would have to transfer funds to an offshore account. ATM machines are accessible throughout Saudi Arabia, and goods and services can be purchased using major credit cards. However, cash in the form of the Saudi riyal, euro, British pound or US dollar remains the most popular way to pay.

In addition, foreign professionals in Saudi Arabia do not pay taxes on income earned within the country. Local businesses are subject to a wealth tax from which foreign-based businesses are exempt, and there is no sales tax on goods or services. Foreign businesses that meet certain criteria may also receive a tax holiday of up to five years.

Trade and investment

The GCC common market, launched in 2007, aims to encourage trade and investment throughout the region. Common policies allow nationals to invest across national borders, either directly or through the stock market, and to set up or expand businesses in all member states. A customs union allows for unrestricted trade between the UAE and Saudi Arabia. However, both countries are major petroleum exporters, so their trade relationships are mainly focused outside the region. Nonetheless, bilateral trade and investment are on the rise as regional authorities work to align countries’ tax systems and make it easier for professionals to work in any country in the Gulf.

Ultimately, the GCC aims to introduce a common currency system, similar to the Eurozone. This would further encourage regional trade and migration, as sending money from Dubai to Saudi Arabia or elsewhere in the GCC would no longer require a currency conversion. A regional Monetary Council was created in 2009 to oversee this transition, but progress has been slow and not all countries were on board as of February 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the money transfer companies shown above safe to use?

Yes, all the companies are safe and fully-regulated money transfer services. Each are authorised and regulated by the relevant authority such as the Financial Conduct Authority(FCA) in the UK, FinCEN in the US, FinTRAC in Canada or ASIC in Australia.

How long does an international money transfer take?

The speed of delivery will depend on where the money is being from and to and how you are sending and receiving the money. Transfers sent using bank to bank transfers can depend take anywhere from minutes to days and you should check the time estimates from the relevant provider. Debit and credit card payments sometimes allow for faster transfers for smaller amounts.

How do I use FXcompared?

First review the comparison results (such as for a table above) for a given amount of money sending from UAE to Saudi Arabia. Then select a provider based on factors such as price, speed, their rating and click the green button to be taken to their website. From there, you can register and sign up for an account. Once you have done that and the provider has verified your identity to ensure the money can be send safely, you will be ready to transfer money.

What payments methods can I use to send money overseas?

The results shown above are typically for bank to bank transfers. It is possible via some providers to pay in your funds for the transfer via cash, debit or credit cards as well but this is usually reserved for smaller amounts. Some providers also give you different options for how the money will be received - to a bank account (most common), to a debit card, to cash or to a digital or mobile wallet.

What if the price shown above isn’t exactly what I am offered when I try to transfer money?

There can be a number of reasons why the final price you are offered may be different to that shown in the table above. Exchange rates between two currencies change all the time and is the most common reason. Additionally, some providers offer different pricing depending what method you are using to send funds or how the funds will be received. Others may offer you a premium service for faster payments. In some cases FXcompared has a special rate with a provider and this is reserved for first time customers who sign up to the provider starting from FXcompared’s website. As prices do change often, be sure to confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

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