Tuesday 23 April 2019 (UAE)

Currency in Dubai

Currency in Dubai and UAE is the United Arab Emirates dirham

The UAE dirham is pegged to the US dollar with the rate fixed or pegged at (approximately) Dh3.67 = US$1.00 (or 1 UAE dirham = 0.273 US dollars).

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Banknotes in Dubai and the UAE
Amount Color Picture front Picture back Size mm1 Comments
5 dirhams brown Sharjah Central Souk Landscape 145x612  
10 dirhams green Arabian dagger (Jambiya) Farm 147x62  
20 dirhams turquoise Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club Dhow (Samaa, Sama'a) 149x63  
50 dirhams purple Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain Oryx 151x64  
100 dirhams red Al Fahidi Fort in Dubai Dubai World Trade Center 155x66  
200 dirhams3 orange Sharia Court and Zayed Sports City UAE Central Bank HQ 157x67 older notes are brown
500 dirhams blue Jumeirah Mosque Falcon 159x68  
1000 dirhams brown Al Hosn Palace in Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi corniche towers 163x70 darker brown than 5 dhs
Coins in Dubai and the UAE
1 fil         very rarely seen
5 fils         very rarely seen
10 fils         very rarely seen
25 fils         common
50 fils         common
1 dh         common


  1. Banknotes are of increasing size as the value increases.
  2. Size given as 157mm x 67mm by UAE Central Bank but that appears to be an error, the 5 dh note is smaller than the 200 dh note. Our estimate is 145mm x 61mm (not confirmed).
  3. The 200 dh bank note was updated in May 2008 to reduce confusion with the 5 dh and 1000 dh banknotes.
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UAE commemorative coins and other special issues

Since 1976, the UAE Central Bank has issued commemorative coins on a regular basis, annually from 1998. In 1976 two coins were issued in denominations of 500 dhs and 1000 dhs, made of gold. You probably won't get one as change from your shopping trip to Carrefour. In subsequent years a range of denominations have been issued, including 1 dh, 5 dhs, 10 dh, 50 dh, and 100 dhs coins. Materials include copper-nickel alloy, silver, and gold.

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Last update Thursday 20-Mar-2014
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