UAE residents struggling with credit card debt - poll

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More than a third of UAE respondents to a new survey have more than three credit cards, while half have nearly maxed out their limits and 42 percent don’t pay more than the minimum repayment each month, highlighting the growing debt problem in the country.

The research by the Compareit4me.com financial comparison website, which evaluates personal loans and credit cards in the UAE, found one in five of those surveyed admitted to making a loan repayment using a credit card.

The growing problem of loan and credit card debt was highlighted by the fact 45 percent of respondent said their monthly debt repayments were beyond their means.

Over a third (37 percent) said they held more than three credit cards and over half of these said they had already spent nearly 90 percent of their available credit.

Users are also not clearing their balance on a regular basis, with 42 percent admitting they only made the minimum payment each month and in some cases only paying the interest, meaning the main debt was not decreasing.

“The results found in the survey were a big concern. We found worrying trends with large portions of the respondents; trends which meant people were accumulating debt quicker than they could afford,” said Tom Davies, operations manager at Compareit4me.com.

“Credit can be and often is a positive thing but only when used responsibly. Anyone considering credit facilities should think carefully about the monthly repayments and the total value of the debt.”

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Posted by: ammar

I had 2 cards and its killing my monthly salary once the bank give it to you they start giving you offers and asking you to pay here or there, no control at all any bank will offer cards to you refuse it please I keep paying every month since 1 year and nothing happen they just keep saying to you there is some of the amount you pay it interest and some for blaaab blaaab blaaab don?t take any thing

Posted by: Private

After maxing my credit card to no fault off my own I managed to raise the money to pay it off , so I paid it off in one go and cancelled my card not only did the certain bank take an extra 8,000 out off my account putting me back in debt with them , after raising my concern they said I will only get just over 2000 back off that 8000 because they said it charges and cancelling fee , after over two weeks off waiting for my money off the bank everyday I ring up they keep saying it will be in your account by end off the day , and yes would you believe it still no money in my account , now if I owed hem they would ring ring and ring best advise I would give anyone do not get a credit card because if you think your not going to use it our lying to yourself because you will then it will snowball straight after that the best thing plan and save and if you do need money take it from your savings

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