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  • Buy UAE dirham currency online at Post Office
  • Check the GBP to UAE dirham exchange rate for the best deal
  • Order your UAE dirham and pick it up next working day in branch
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UAE the place to be? Get your travel money here

If you’re packing for a trip to the United Arab Emirates soon, don’t forget to get your travel money sorted before you go. 

Order your UAE dirham online from Post Office now or in any of thousands of participating branches.

Why not use click and collect to order your UAE dirham? Order by 3pm and collect in branch the next working day. Or we can deliver your holiday money to your home instead.

Buying online could get you a better rate than in branch. Do it when the pound’s strong against the dirham and you can save more. We’ll even buy leftover UAE dirham banknotes back commission-free. Or we’ll refund your currency with 28 days of purchase if your holiday gets cancelled.

If you prefer plastic, you can load UAE dirham onto a Travel Money Card. We can also help you get travel insurance in place for your trip too.

Get our best rates online. The more you buy, the better the rate.

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Award-winning travel money with options to suit you

  • Voted ‘Best Foreign Exchange/Travel Money Retailer’ at the British Travel Awards 2022

  • Competitive rates on over 60 currencies – all with 0% commission

  • Order travel money online or at participating Post Office branches up to five days in advance  

  • Get our best rates online – minimum order £400, maximum of £2,500

  • Collect in branch or get free home delivery on online orders of £500 or more (£4.99 delivery charge if under £500)

  • Order by 3pm on a working day for home delivery the next working day* 

  • Order by 3pm on a Friday and get home delivery on Saturday for a £1.50 charge

  • We’ll buy back leftover UAE dirham notes commission-free

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Get hold of your holiday money quickly. Pick it up from your nearest Post Office branch. 

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Want your cash delivered tomorrow? Order by 3pm today for delivery to your home.

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Safer, smarter spending

If you want to go cashless in the UAE, get our Travel Money Card. Top up with our travel app, which is accepted anywhere you see the Mastercard® symbol, and even switch between currencies.

How much do items cost in the UAE?

Our annual Post Office Travel Money Holiday Money Report compiles prices for everyday items you might buy on holiday in destinations around the world, including Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE. Here’s a selection of them:

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Why visit the United Arab Emirates?

  • Seven territories make up the United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al Khaima, Sharjah and Umm al Qaiwain. Often called simply ‘the Emirates’, it’s a sovereign state that’s filled with contrasts

  • On one hand you have skyscraper hotels and world-famous restaurants. On the other, this Islamic state has an enduring Bedouin tradition

  • All of this means your day can start with designer shopping in a Western-style mall and end with a visit to the open-air markets and local cafés

  • Plus, no visit to the United Arab Emirates is complete without a trip to the vast desert sands – whether it’s on a camel, a quad bike or in a 4x4

  • Avoid the hotel cars – they cost much more than local taxis and also have to pay road tolls

  • Hit the beach – for such an expensive city, one of Dubai's top attractions is completely free

  • Shop at markets not malls – western-style shopping centres bump up their prices and don’t have as good an atmosphere

Some common questions

  • The UAE dirham is the official currency of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The name ‘dirham’ is derived from the Greek currency, the drachma. One dirham is subdivided into 100 files.

    The UAE currency is issued by the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates – but you can get yours for your trip from the Post Office.

  • Seven counties make up the UAE and use the dirham. They are Abu Dhabi (which serves as the capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al Khaima, Sharjah and Umm al Qaiwain.

  • You can buy UAE dirham online using our click and collect or click and deliver services, or buy your currency in thousands of participating Post Office branches. To locate the nearest branch to you that offers this service please use our branch finder.

    You may get a better exchange rate if you order online or if you buy larger quantities at a time. Buying when the pound is strong against the UAE dirham can also save you money.

    If you like, we’ll deliver online orders of UAE dirham to your home. Or, if you prefer to carry plastic, try our Travel Money Card. You can load this secure, prepaid Mastercard® with up to 22 currencies, the UAE dirham included.

  • The highest value banknote in the UAE dirham currency is the 1000 dirham note.

    Other notes in the currency are the 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 dirham notes.

  • The lowest UAE dirham denomination is the 1 dirham coin, but the smallest coin in circulation is the 20 fils coin (five of which make up one dirham). There is also a coin valued at 50 fils. Coins use Eastern Arabic numbers so it’s worth learning numbers 0-9 before you go.

  • Read all travel money FAQs

Post Office Travel Money Card is an electronic money product issued by First Rate Exchange Services Ltd pursuant to license by Mastercard International. First Rate Exchange Services Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales with number 4287490 whose registered office is Great West House, Great West Road, Brentford, TW8 9DF, (Financial Services Register No. 900412). Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.