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.
Easy to do business with. Very competitive rates. Will definitely be using Travelex UK again.Trustpilot review.
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
Free next-day home delivery on orders over £500
- 1. Select your currency
Just tell us how much you need and where you’re going
- 2. Choose how to get it
Get your currency delivered to your door or collect at over 50 Travelex stores
- 3. Pay online
Use either your debit card or credit card and you’re all set
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No complaints at all.Peter Robinson
Efficient and cost effective
Efficient and cost effectiveSamuel David James Kane
Fast and convenient service.
Money was on time, fast and easy to use service. Being able to pick up from your local post office makes Travelex the number one choice for me every time.Mark
Great service door-to-door delivery.
Great service door-to-door delivery.Sylvia Amanda McGuire
Efficient, on time, and very courteous staffDs
easy way to buy foreign currency
The ordering and and pick up of money was very easy I would recommend buying foreign currency this wayGary H
Great exchange rate and fast delivery…
Great exchange rate and fast delivery of currency!stuart harris
Easy to use
Easy to use, OK rates and fees, can be a little wait before completionChris
Great rates.location of pick up is a…
Great rates.location of pick up is a little inconvenient.MARTIN
Easily ordered, delivered on time.Keith Adrian Carr-Glynn
Always is a great service
Always is a great service, fast, efficient abs great rates.David Gregan
Fast, easy to deal with. Good exchange rate.CJHanson
Always a good rate and nice to deal…
Always a good rate and nice to deal with.Kay
I was not aware that you could order…
I was not aware that you could order foreign currency online as easy as this process was. When I first started to shop around for the best rate, travelex offered a competitive rate and the overall process was simple. I was confident of the security aspect and I was impressed with the collaboration with the post office for easy collection.Terri
One less worry when you are so busy preparing your trip.
Great service. Fast. One less worry when you are so busy preparing your trip. Then when you arrive at your destination you dont have to go to the bank to change your money. It can be time consuming and dangerous in some places. Travelex online rates are a very good deal. Will chose Travelex again for my next trip.Jorge Raul