I have been tasked with setting up a reasonable size ecommerce site in Abu Dhabi (united arab emerites). It seems PayPal Pro is not available in this region. I was wondering if any one could share some experiences working in e-commerce in this region. Also any good payment gateway providers in this region.


You have lots of options for payment processors. I am sure banks in the UAE offer payment processing:


But if you don't like local banks almost all international payment processors can be used. A few that I know off:




By the way it's United Arab Emirates not emerites.


Your options will be limited due to the high amount of fraud that occurs in that region. Worldpay seems to be the only provider of note that offers payment services in that region.

  • hey, thanks for your response. Are you sure world pay offers this service in the UAE. It doesn't appear to on their website. – frosty Jul 31 '11 at 0:26
  • Do you have any source to back up your claim that Abu Dhabi is a source of lots of fraud? The UAE is one of the richest countries on the planet. – Abdussamad Oct 23 '12 at 8:44

Here is a more up to date blog answering this questions. It breaks it down to the 4 best options. http://www.craniumcreations.com/Dubai-Website-News/payment-gateway-options-in-dubai-and-uae/


  • Setup fees for small and medium enterprises (SME) is AED 3500 while corporate account is AED 6500
  • Annual fees or AED 3500 for SME and AED 6500 for corporate 3.0% + AED 2 per transaction
  • 18 currencies accepted including AED and USD
  • Additional features such as fraud protection at additional costs

2CheckOut - No setup fee - No recurring fees - 5.5% + USD 0.45 per transaction - 20+ currencies accepted including AED and USD

etc more info in article

  • Please summarize or provide excerpts from links in case they become no longer available, and disclose if they're from your site. – dan Feb 19 '14 at 9:22

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