Jumeirah Beach Residence

Important Information

Dubai Currency

The monetary unit in Dubai is the Dirham (Dhs), also known as the Arab Emirate Dirham (AED). It is the currency used throughout all seven emirates that form the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Since 1980 the Dirham has been held constant against the US dollar. At the time of writing the exchange rate is about 5.5 Dhs to a British pound.

Allow a few days when ordering Dirhams - it's not often, in the UK at least, that you can get them, or enough of them, immediately over the counter, except perhaps at airports, where you'll probably get a lower exchange rate.

If the first spend on your holiday in Dubai is going to be for a taxi from the airport to your hotel, ensure some of the Dirham notes you take are of small denominations e.g 5, 10, 20, 50 Dirhams (ask for them specifically at your Travel Agent or Bureau de Change). Otherwise you may find your taxi driver has 'no change' from a larger 100, 200, 500 or 1000Dhs note!

Anything less than 5Dhs is in coin not notes. A single Dirham is 100 fils and it's always useful to have four or five single dirham coins for small tips. It'll take you a while to work out how much each type of coin is worth. We find it's usually only the one dirham or half dirham coins that are of any real use, anything less is just extra metal to carry around.

Your first Dubai holiday? Look at Where To Stay in Dubai and Hotels in Dubai.

Credit and debit cards are widely used by most travellers to Dubai and ATMs are plentiful, although it would be wise to know before going just what fees you'll encounter when you do use them. Some are better than others and some are specially issued for overseas travel - check with your bank!

Also for UK residents and presumably other nationalities, it can be wise to let at least one of your card providers know in advance that you'll be using your card in Dubai (or any other country for that matter), so that when you use the card they don't see it as being outside your normal pattern of use and, sometimes embarrassingly, block the transaction.

Now have a look at our suggestions about Tipping.Tipping is the way of life and you'll want to feel comfortable about it.

If you've not yet booked accommodation for your Dubai holiday, why not have a look at our pages on Where to Stay, Hotels, Choosing Your Hotel and Furnished Apartments. Alternatively visit Hotels Combined - our preferred hotel web search site.

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