Western Union® announces new reduced fees to Kerala.

Published April 5th, 2006 - 11:32 GMT

Western Union Financial Services Inc., a worldwide leader in money transfer services, today announced a reduction in its service fees for customers sending money from the UAE to the South Indian state of Kerala. Customers living or working in the UAE can now send money to their loved ones in Kerala for just AED 15* for transfer amounts up to AED 8,500

This new offer valid up to 5th October, 2006, is exclusive to customers sending money to Kerala and is not applicable to transfers made to other states in India. “Kerala has more expatriates living in the UAE than any other Indian state and it is only natural that we bring our service closer to this large market” said Jean Claude Farah, Regional Vice President for Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan of Western Union. “We have always gone that extra mile to make things easier for our customers and this new offer is no exception”, he added.

Expatriates sending money to Kerala benefit from the state’s large network of over 2,000 Western Union Agent locations. Besides the convenience and speed   Western Union offers, the receiver in Kerala does not need a bank account nor pay any fee for receiving funds*.
Marc Aubry, Marketing Director for Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan of Western Union, said “This is an amazing opportunity for Keralites in the UAE to send money to their loved ones quickly, securely and conveniently.  Today, I am proud that we are able to offer our valued customers the ability to benefit from our money transfer service, all at an even more affordable price.”

Western Union's network in the UAE includes over 280 Agent locations operating through well-known establishments such as Emirates Post, Al Ansari Exchange, Wall Street Exchange, Alukkas Exchange, Al Ghurair Exchange, UAE Exchange, Al Razouki International Exchange, National Exchange, Orient Exchange and Emirates India International Exchange.

*In addition to transfer fees, Western Union also makes money when it changes your money into foreign currency.

About Western Union and First Data
First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC) is a leading provider of electronic commerce and payment solutions for businesses and consumers worldwide. Serving 4.6 million merchant locations, 1,500 financial institutions and millions of consumers, First Data powers the global economy by making it easy, fast and secure for people and businesses around the world to buy goods and services using virtually any form of payment. The company's portfolio of services and solutions includes credit, debit, private-label, gift and other prepaid card issuing and merchant transaction processing services; money transfer services; money orders; fraud protection and authentication solutions; check guarantee and verification services through TeleCheck; as well as Internet commerce and mobile solutions. Western Union, together with Orlandi Valuta and Vigo, make up one of the world's largest money transfer networks with more than 271,000 Agent locations in more than 200 countries and territories. The company's STAR Network offers PIN-secured debit acceptance at 1.9 million ATM and retail locations. For more information, visit www.firstdata.com.

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