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Familiarizing with the Local Currency (Dirhams & fils)

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Dirhams & Fils


For travellers to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, some knowledge of the local currency and its denominations is useful. Whether sorting out finances on arrival or haggling for souvenirs in the stores, it pays to make some time ahead of your trip to take note of money matters.


  • The currency in Dubai is the Arab Emirates Dirhams (AED) or UAE Dirhams.

  • The abbreviation usd is either AED or DHS.

  • One Dirham is made up of 100 fils.

  • Fils are available in denominations of 25 and 50.

  • The highest value coin is DHS 1.

  • Notes are available in denominations of AED 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000.




  • Where can I change some money? Ayn yumkin an asarif il-maal

  • Is there a bank close by? - Hal yuwjed bank qariyb min hunaa

  • What is the rate today? Ma Kimat sarf al umlah al yaum

  • Where do I sign? - Ayn awaqe-a

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