Located on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Qatar has a population of 1.8 million people. Home to some of the largest oil and gas reserves anywhere around the globe, Qatar has the highest per capita income in the world.
If you need to send money to Qatar for any reason, you won’t have any trouble finding a provider willing to handle the transaction. But before you choose a money transfer company, do some research and compare your options to find the best exchange rates and lowest fees.
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Many people assume that their bank will offer the easiest and most affordable way to send money overseas. In reality, however, this is not usually the case. Banks offer some pretty unimpressive exchange rates on international transfers, and don’t be surprised if they also slug you with high fees as a thank you for your business.
If you want to do your bank balance a favour when sending money to Qatar, consider using a specialist money transfer provider such as TorFX or WorldFirst. Dedicated international transfer providers are experts at moving money overseas, and they can do it for much less than the banks. Their secure transfers come with much better exchange rates and much lower fees than the banks offer, allowing you to save plenty of money each time you send funds overseas.
John Sends Money to Qatar
When John’s son Peter got a job in the oil industry in Qatar, John never imagined he’d have to bail his son out of financial trouble ever again. But after a string of bad investments, Peter is borderline broke and asks his dad to send him $1,000. His banks don’t offer the QAR as it’s an exotic currency, so he has to compare two specialist services.
As the table shows, John can send an extra 80 QAR using the second transfer company and can also save AUD $5 in transfer fees.
Money transfer company 1
Money transfer company 2
1 AUD = 2.41
1 AUD = 2.49
Amount received (in QAR)
How do I compare transfer companies when transferring and receiving money via Qatar?
Exchange rates. How do the company’s exchange rates compare to those offered by other transfer companies? Look for the company that regularly offers the best rates.
Transaction fees. How much will you have to pay in fees each time you send a transfer? Can you avoid paying a fee if you transfer a large amount?
Transfer methods and options. Can you place transfers in person, online and over the phone? Does the provider offer flexible options like forward contracts, limit orders and regular scheduled payments?
Transaction limits. Are there minimum or maximum limits on the amount you can send per transaction, per day or per month? Do these limits suit your needs or will they be too restricting?
Processing time. Transaction processing times vary from a few minutes to several business days, so make sure you know how long it will take for your funds to make it to the beneficiary.
Pickup options. How can the beneficiary access the money you send? Will it be deposited into their bank account or made available for cash collection?
Customer service options. Finally, compare each company’s reputation for providing prompt and helpful customer service. Will you be able to get help quickly and easily?
When you need to send an emergency cash transfer to Qatar, be aware of the fact that you will usually have to pay extra to ensure your funds arrive as quickly as possible. Urgent transfers attract worse exchange rates and higher fees than ordinary transfers, so you can expect to pay a little bit extra. Review the details of your transaction before you pay any money to make sure you know whether you’re getting a good deal.
Cash pickup locations in Qatar / Western Union / MoneyGram branches in Qatar
Western and Union and MoneyGram both have cash pickup locations in Qatar, from which your recipient can collect a cash transfer you send from Australia. Photo ID and a transaction reference number will be required in order to collect the cash, while it’s also a good idea to confirm opening hours by phoning ahead. Some popular Western Union and MoneyGram locations in Qatar are listed below.
Al Zaman Exchange Al Khor Al Khor, Doha +0097-74-44435060 Open 7:30am to 10:30pm seven days
Qatar International Islamic Bank
Grand Hamad StreetDoha, +974-44840000 Open 7:30am to 1pm Sunday to Thursday
Al Wakrah Branch Next To Retail Mart, opp. Al Ra Al Wakrah Doha, +974-44124832 Open 7am to 11pm Saturday to Thursday, 8am to 9pm Friday
Al Wakra Doha
Abdul Raham Bin Jassim Street Al Wakra, Qatar +974-44630600 Open 7:45am to 10:30pm Saturday to Thursday, 3pm to 10:30pm Friday
Ooreedoo Ooredoo HQ2 Old Airport Road Near Qatar Airways Building Doha, 217 44200700 Open 24/7
Tips for picking up cash in Qatar
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recommends that Australian travellers to Qatar exercise normal safety precautions. When picking up cash from a transfer provider’s branch, make sure that you take one or more friends along with you to provide extra security. Only visit a cash collection branch in an area you know is safe and make sure to never display your cash in front of strangers.
You can find more travel safety tips for Qatar on the Smartraveller website and across a range of travel blogs and forums.
Shirley Liu is Finder's global program manager. She was previously the publisher for banking and investments and has also written comparisons for energy, money transfers, Uber Eats and many other topics. Shirley has a Master of Commerce and a Bachelor of Media, Journalism and Communications from the University of New South Wales. She is passionate about helping people find the best deal for their needs.
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