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Abu Dhabi Currency

Abu Dhabi Currency

In general terms “Money” is the most important thing when you live, travel and enjoy. Whom so ever planning to travel to Abu Dhabi or new to Abu Dhabi must know details about Abu Dhabi Currency to avoid getting lost in there. Hope this article will make it easy for you to understand the monetary terms in Abu Dhabi.

United Arab Emirates Dirhams

Abu Dhabi is the Capital city of United Arab Emirates. Same like all other countries, United Arab Emirates has a local currency which is accepted as money. Usually in short it’s called “Dirham” and written as AED or Dhs. United Arab Emirates Dirham was introduced to the world market as the local currency in 1971 when seven emirate states were union to form the country. Since then, Dirham became the local currency, not only in Abu Dhabi but also in Dubai, Sharjah, Al Ain, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah.

Value of Dirhams (AED)

Replacing the different currencies used in Abu Dhabi (Bahrain Dinar), Dubai (Dubai Riyal) and other Emirates (Gulf Rupee), in 1971 one currency came to picture which gives same monetary value in each emirate state of UAE. The value of Dirham was divided into a sub-unit called Fil. 1 Dirham (1 AED/ 1 Dhs) is divided between 100 Fils (1 AED = 100 Fils).

Types AED coins and Notes

Price of each transaction in terms of goods or services need to be paid in Dirhams. For that few Notes and coins were introduced by the Central Bank of UAE.

Abu Dhabi Currency – Coins

6 Different coins which have different shapes and sizes are used within the currency of UAE. They are 1 fil, 5 fils, 10 fils ,25 fils, 50 fils and 1 Dhs . Usually bronze colour coins (1 Fil, 5 Fils and 10 Fils) are very rare of usage in UAE because of all the prices rounding up between 25 Fils, 50fils and 1 Dirham.

  • 1 Fil coin

1-fil

  1. Bronze colour coin with two sides
  2. Round shape
  3.  3 Palm trees on the front
  4. Back side:  the value in Arabic numerals and letters
  • 5 Fils coin

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  1. Bronze colour coin with two sides
  2. Round shape
  3.  A fish is on the front
  4. Back side: the value in Arabic numerals and letters
  • 10 Fils coin

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  1. Bronze colour coin with two sides
  2.  Round shape
  3. A fishing boat is on the front
  4. Back side has the value in Arabic numerals and letters
  • 25 Fils coin

25-fils

  1. Silver colour coin with two sides
  2. Round shape
  3. A gazelle is on the front
  4. Back side has the value in Arabic numerals and letters
  • 50 Fils coin

50-fils

  1. Silver colour coin with two sides
  2. Heptagon shape
  3. 3 Towers on the front
  4. Back side has the value in Arabic numerals and letters
  • 1 Dirham

1-dhs

  1. Silver colour coin with two sides
  2. Round shape
  3. Traditional Arabic coffee Jug on the front
  4. Back side: has the value in Arabic numerals and letters

Abu Dhabi Currency – Notes

In UAE local currency is available in 8 different notes which are for the values of 5 Dhs, 10 Dhs, 20 Dhs, 50 Dhs, 100 Dhs, 200 Dhs, 500 Dhs and 1000 Dhs. Each note has a different colour, different size and different design to be recognized easily.

  • 5 Dirhams note

5-note

  1. Pink colour dominant note with two sides
  2. Two sides with English and Arabic
  • 10 Dirhams note

10-dirham

  1. Green colour dominant note with two sides
  2. Two sides with English and Arabic
  • 20 Dirhams note

20 dirhams

  1. Blue colour dominant note with two sides
  2. Two sides with English and Arabic
  • 50 Dirhams note

50 dhirhams

  1. Light pink colour dominant note with two sides
  2. Two sides with English and Arabic
  • 100 Dirhams note

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  1. Bright pink colour dominant note with two sides
  2. Two sides with English and Arabic
  • 200 Dirhams note

200

  1. Dark Orange colour dominant note with two sides
  2. Two sides with English and Arabic
  • 500 Dirhams note

500

  1. Light Purple colour dominant note with two sides
  2. Two sides with English and Arabic
  • 1000 Dirhams note

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  1. Light blue colour dominant note with two sides
  2. Two sides with English and Arabic

Exchange Rate – Abu Dhabi Currency

The exchange rates of AED with foreign currieries are different. But significantly the constant value of 1 US Dollar = 3.67 AED has made a good effect on value of Dirham in the global market. Foreigners, who visit to Abu Dhabi or any Emirates in UAE, have the facility of money exchange in Airports, Malls, Hotels, Malls and Banks. Some tours and activity providers accept USD and Euro to pay for the tours. Due to Oil and Gold price fluctuations in the market the value of AED changes and effects slight fluctuations with some foreign currencies.

For your understanding, here are some frequent exchange rates of United Arab Emirates Dirham with other countries. (Please note that it won’t be the exact exchange rate daily)

  • 1 AED = 0.27 USD (American Dollar)
  • 1 AED = 0.21 GBP (British Pound)
  • 1 AED = 0.24 EUR (Euro)
  • 1 AED = 0.36 AUD (Australian Dollar)
  • 1 AED = 0.37 NZD (New Zealand Dollar)
  • 1 AED = 18.24 (Indian Rupees)
  • 1 AED = 17.61 RUB (Russian Rouble)
  • 1 AED = 27.91 JPY (Japanese Yen)
  • 1 AED = 1.82 CNY (Chinese Yuan)
  • 1 AED = 0.10 OMR (Oman Riyal)
  • 1 AED = 1.02 SAR (Saudi Riyal)
  • 1 AED = 0.31 SGD (Singapore Dollar)
  • 1 AED = 2.42 EGP (Egyptian Pounds)
  • 1 AED = 0.10 BHD (Bahrain Dinar)
  • 1 AED = 0.99 QAR (Qatar Riyal)
  • 1 AED = 0.27 CHF (Swiss Franc)
  • 1 AED = 39.82 LKR (Sri Lankan Rupees)
  • 1 AED = 28.82 PKR (Pakistani Rupees)
  • 1 AED = 9.45 THB (Thai Baht)
  • 1 AED = 3580.03 IDR (Indonesian Rupiah)
Jacqueline Salaouatchi

My love towards United Arab Emirates wasn’t a sudden incident though I moved to Dubai from Germany in 2008 & I was so curies about the UAE culture & desert life from the day one since it was totally a different from where I was born and lived. My background in Hospitality industry was the biggest encouragement which allows me to explore Dubai and later on Abu Dhabi with real enthusiasm. Becoming the 1st woman who is licensed to drive in desert, I get into UAE Tours as a tour guide. I hope these blogs will find useful to every traveler which are my personal experience & comments on UAE things to do as a destination expert