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What to spend your dirham on.

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    Soft drink in a restaurant

    2 AED *

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    10km taxi ride to see the sharks at Dubai Mall

    18.5 AED *

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    Paintballing at Zayed City

    180 AED *

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    Entrance to Burj Khalifa in the afternoon

    200 AED *

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    Buggy ride for two across the sand dunes

    695 AED *

How many dirham will I need for the UAE?

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Must-sees in United Arab Emirates

Dubai United Arab Emirates Persian Gulf luxury shopping ultramodern architecture
  • Dubai
  • Dubai is every shopper’s paradise, with over 70 shopping malls across the city. When you’ve finished spending, marvel at the grandeur of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Persian Gulf skyline modern towers
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Abu Dhabi is a smorgasbord of old and new. The splendour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is awe-inspiring, whilst the Manarat al Saadiyat art centre is a must for art lovers.
Sharjah United Arab Emirates Al Noor Mosque port skyline towers
  • Sharjah
  • Sharjah is home to the hustle and bustle of the UAE’s oldest market: the Souk Al Arsah. But you can also seek the tranquility of the stunning white beaches at Ajman.

Key information about the Dirham

The United Arab Emirates Dirham is known by its currency code (AED) and symbol (₺). The currency began circulation in 1973 and gets its name from the word "Drachmae", which translates from Greek to English as "handful".

Spending and tipping in the UAE

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%!

AED denominations

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) .There are also a number of coins: 1 fils (rarely used). 5 fils (rarely used), 10 fils (rarely used), 25 fils, 50 fils and Dh1. 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.

Find out more about the Dirham and its performance against the British pound.

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

*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.
Buy UAE dirham with a Travel Money Card

Buy UAE dirham with a Travel Money Card

Another great option for spending in UAE dirham is our Travelex Money Card.

  • Safe and secure - card not linked to your bank account
  • Choice of 22 currencies, including UAE dirham
  • Seamless spending with Apple Pay and Google Pay 
  • Manage your UAE dirham effortlessly via the Travelex Money App
  • In case your card is lost, stolen, or damaged, our 24/7 global assistance team is here for you
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Common questions about UAE dirham

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  • When’s the best time to buy UAE dirham?

    Getting the best rates for UAE dirham can be tricky. Pegged to the US Dollar, the Dirham's fluctuations are more subtle but can still impact your travel budget. Use our rate tracker to plan your trip to the UAE's modern landscapes and traditional souks.

  • Where can I spend my UAE dirham?

    You can only spend UAE dirham in the United Arab Emirates.

  • Can I buy UAE dirham with a credit or debit card?

    You can purchase your UAE dirham from us via credit or debit card. When you purchase UAE dirham through us, either online or in-store, we don't apply credit card handling fees. Do check for any potential charges from your card issuer.

  • Can I sell my unused UAE dirham?

    Yes, you can! With our Buy Back Promise we can buy back your unused UAE dirham notes at any one of our UK retail stores at the original transaction exchange rate up to a maximum value of £250, for just a fee of £4.99. Learn more about our Buy Back Promise. T&Cs apply. 

  • Can I use my bank card in the United Arab Emirates?

    The UAE is card-friendly, but using your card for AED transactions may lead to fees from your bank. See how the Travelex Money Card can help you spend abroad. 

  • Can I spend UAE dirham as cash when abroad?

    Yes, cash is still frequently used in the UAE. In the UAE, combine the convenience of UAE dirham in cash and the Travelex Money Card for a worry-free bigger purchase experience.


  • Can you use UAE dirham in Morocco?

    No, you can’t use UAE dirham in Morocco. Although Morocco also uses a currency known as the Moroccan Dirham (MAD), it is different to Emirati Dirham (AED). Learn more about the currency in Morocco.

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