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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 & 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.
Seven counties 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
What is the UAE dirham?
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.
Which countries use the UAE dirham as their currency?
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.
Where can you buy UAE dirham?
You can buy UAE dirham online using our Click & Collect or Click & Deliver services or 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 23 currencies, the UAE dirham included.
What is the highest UAE dirham note?
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.
What is the smallest UAE dirham denomination?
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.