Ohhhh super! thanks so much for the info. The two banks I use are Scotia (which is Canadian) and Bank of America (obviously an american bank), which to my knowledge neither are here. And i wanted something that could easily work with those for sending $ home and all. I know HSBC works with Scotia but everyone i speak to tells me to stay FARRRRRR away from HSBC, and that was my first choice. So now im just a bit confused.
But thanks so much for your responses.
oops sorry its 80 aed , not dollars!And i wanted something that could easily work with those for sending $ home and all."
Other banks have this facility as well. Exchange centers and Western Union are also options.
But the cheapest is bank to bank transfer, which shouldn't cost more than $40.
I think with Western Union or its affiliates, its something like $80 , the last time I transferred some cash to my dead beat cousin in London!