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What is 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.
Easy Currency Options for your Trip
SPECIAL OFFER: Load AUD on your Travelex Money Card and spend in the United Arab Emirates.
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|Select currencies of your choice* in CASH and/or CARD|
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 then choose to collect at your local store or at the airport before you fly!
- 1. Click the ‘Buy UAE dirham Now’ button below
And tell us how much you need for your trip.
- 2. Choose where to get it
Collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.
- 3. Pay online
You can pay online using either PayID, BPAY, Visa or MasterCard®
Load AUD on your Travelex Money Card and save when spending in the below currencies
- Free Online AUD Load and Top-Ups
- $0 International ATM Fees
* 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.
*** Business days. Some stores open 7 days. The next available date will be displayed when ordering.
^^Based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of the date of the relevant social media post and/or email communication. Rates are subject to change throughout the day. Any rates and savings are quoted as a guide only.
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