Western Union, Commercial Bank of Dubai to Introduce Prepaid Payroll Card in
First card in market to allow remittances directly from the card
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. & DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- July 3, 2013
Western Union (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services, and Commercial
Bank of Dubai (CBD) today announced they will work together to introduce a
co-branded prepaid payroll card in the United Arab Emirates.
The CBD Western Union® Payroll Card, which is expected to be available this
summer, follows the introduction of the UAE government-mandated Wages
Protection System (WPS), which requires that all workers in the UAE receive
their payroll electronically – deposited into a bank account or onto a prepaid
Although many prepaid payroll cards exist in the UAE, many of the workers who
receive their payroll this way are withdrawing cash at ATMs to conduct
everyday financial transactions, according to Western Union research. The
majority of workers in the UAE are global citizens – people who have migrated
from another country. One of the primary reasons they are withdrawing cash is
to send money home to their friends and loved ones. In fact, according to the
Central Bank of UAE, employees’ transfers abroad increased from US$10.5
billion in 2010 to US$11.2 billion in 2011.
Recognizing an unmet need in the marketplace, Western Union is working with
CBD to introduce a card that allows these workers to receive their payroll
directly onto the card and send funds directly from the card.
“We are already collaborating with CBD on a service that allows their
customers to send money directly from their bank accounts,” said Jean Claude
Farah, senior vice president, Middle East and Africa, Western Union. “Now,
with this new card, workers in the UAE will have yet another convenient way to
conduct one of their primary financial transactions – sending money home to
their loved ones.”
The alliance with CBD is part of the new WU Global Share Platform. This
partner platform enables Western Union and local companies to leverage the
unique assets of each company to implement innovative stored-value solutions
around the globe.
“With this card, workers in the UAE can send money transfers directly from
their prepaid cards without facing the inconvenience of waiting in long queues
at ATMs to withdraw cash and send money as they did before,” said Souheil
Yammine, Head of Cards from Commercial Bank of Dubai. “Now all they have to do
is receive their payroll on the CBD Western Union Payroll Card, visit a
participating Western Union Agent location and use the card to transfer money
directly from the card.”
Once available, the card can be used at participating Western Union Agent
locations in the UAE to send funds to more than 515,000 Western Union
locations in 200 countries and territories. In the future, workers in the UAE
will be able to send funds directly from the card online or with their phones,
said Frans Jan Burkens, Head of Consumer Banking at Commercial Bank of Dubai.
For more information about Western Union’s prepaid products and solutions,
including the CBD Western Union® Payroll Card, visit
About Western Union
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services.
Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business
Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and
businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money
around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of March
31, 2013, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were
offered through a combined network of approximately 515,000 agent locations in
200 countries and territories and approximately 100,000 ATMs. In 2012, The
Western Union Company completed 231 million consumer-to-consumer transactions
worldwide, moving $79 billion of principal between consumers, and 432 million
business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.
Kristin Kelly, 720-332-4751
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