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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 or at the airport before you fly.
- 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 from 33 Travelex stores.
- 3. Pay online
Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!