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Cross-border payments to banks in the United Arab Emirates

The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates has imposed special requirements for payments to banks in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to the usual billing information, the payment order must include the purpose of making the payment; the respective code should be entered in the payment description field in a specific format as follows:

/BENEFRES/AE/code/Invoice nr. XXXX

The list of codes

A sample payment

If no required explanation exists, the beneficiary’s bank may decline the payment or delay its completion and submit inquiries.

The service fee for a declined payment is not refundable and costs related to inquiries must also be borne.



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