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Pakistani rupee plunges to record low versus UAE dirham, US dollar: Time to send money?

Dubai: Pakistani expatriates in the UAE are in for a big windfall when they remit money this week, as their home currency just plunged to its lowest level in years.

The Asian country’s rupee fell to a ten-year low of 39.48 per UAE dirham as of 12:35pm on Thursday, according to the data from XE Corporation. That’s a significant drop from the exchange rates about ten years ago, with the Pakistani rupee hovering above 21 per UAE dirham in May 2009.

The record slump was recorded just four days after Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed on a $6 billion loan to bail the debt-ridden economy out.

Quoting its own data, Bloomberg reported that the rupee dropped 3.1 per cent on Thursday to 146 per US dollar. The benchmark KSE-100 index of stocks also dipped 1.4 per cent.

Based on a basket of 13 currencies, the currency emerged as the worst performer in Asia so far.

A weak home currency is a boon for many expatriates in the UAE, particularly from Asian countries, as it increases their remittance power. The higher the UAE dirham or the US dollar trades against Asian currencies, the more money will land in the pockets of expatriates’ beneficiaries.

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