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The Low Down on United Arab Emirates Currency
Central Bank of the UAE
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5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 dirhams
5, 10 fils
The United Arab Emirates dirham began circulation in 1973 and gets its name from the word ‘Drachmae’, which translates from Greek to English as ‘handful’.
Expect to pay premium prices for most things in the United Arab Emirates, especially in restaurants and hotel bars. Tipping between 10-15% is the norm, but only if the service is good!
In the many souks around the UAE (especially Dubai), the expectation is that you will haggle with the sellers. A typical achievable discount is 50%!
Dirham notes come in seven different denominations; 5 (brown), 10 (green), 20 (light blue), 50 (purple), 100 (pink), 200 (green and brown), 500 (dark blue) and 1,000 (turquoise) as well as a number of coins. Try to keep plenty of smaller denomination notes as well as coins, as it can be tricky to get change from 500 and 1,000 dirham notes.
What to spend your dirham on**:
Soft drink in a restaurant
10km taxi ride
Paintballing at Zayed City
Entrance to Burj Khalifa
Sand dunes buggy ride for two
Must-sees in United Arab Emirates
Buying UAE dirham online is easy
Order UAE dirham online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home
- 1. Click the ‘Buy UAE Dirham’ button below
And tell us how much you need for your trip.
- 2. Choose how to get it
Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.
- 3. Pay online
Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!
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Efficient and timely serviceANDREW CHARLES DAVIDSON
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Such a easy process,Glenda Lee Bennett
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Good rates and great service, order arrived within a couple of days.Grant McDonald
*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.
**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.
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