What to spend your dirham on:
Soft drink in a restaurant
10km taxi ride to see the sharks at Dubai Mall
Paintballing at Zayed City
Entrance to Burj Khalifa in the afternoon
Buggy ride for two across the sand dunes
Must-sees in United Arab Emirates
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Ordered currency at a very competitive rate online. Order was delivered next day - couldn't have been more perfect!Trustpilot review.
Excellent service, advice and exchange rate with cash delivered to the door, promptly.Trustpilot review.
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Shell out your dirham
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%!
Frequently used banknotes
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.
Buying UAE dirham online is easy
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