Get ready for your trip to the United Arab Emirates. Order your UAE dirhams at Manor FX today. Our great exchange rates mean you'll have more AED cash to spend. Have your UAE Dirham banknotes delivered securely to your home or office, or pick them up from the Manor FX bureau near Heathrow.
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Travel advise: payments in the United Arab Emirates
Jet off well-informed to the United Arab Emirates. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in the UAE.
Yes. International credit and debit cards are accepted in all main shopping malls in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Some British banks may charge for international card payments in the UAE. In addition your bank's AED to GBP exchange rate may not be so good. This is how banks make money.
Before using your bank card for payments in the Emirates it's always a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
It's recommended you bring some AED cash with you on your trip to the Emirates. Smaller retail stores and local shops only accept cash payments. This is also the case for street vendors, bargain shops for clothing, pashminas, cushion covers, slippers, jalabiya, hand crafted jewelry and souvenirs.
If you want to experience the hussle and bustle of Dubai’s souks and markets, cash is essential.
A coffee in a cafe costs around 15-20 AED. A three course meal in a mid-range restaurant sets you back 180-250 AED.
Many residents in the UAE are quite well-of and prices are higher than what most people are used to in the UK.
In the UAE, tipping is rarely expected but always appreciated.
If you are happy with the service of staff, the tip should be left in cash. You can tip an amount of 5 AED or 10% of the bill.
Banknotes in the United Arab Emirates
UAE dirham banknotes have one side in English and one side in Arabic. The banknotes in circulation are dh5, dh10, dh20, dh50, dh100, dh200, dh500 and dh1000. An amazing 8 different denominations, compared to only 4 in Britain.
All banknotes are made of paper and they may be quite 'worn', especially the lower denomination ones. Wash your hands often.
Coins in the United Arab Emirates
Emirati coins range from 1 fils (0.01 dirham) to 1 dirham. Did you get back from the United Arab Emirates with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange UAE Dirham coins back to cash.
the UAE's currency import and export regulations
There are no restrictions on the import or export of UAE dirhams into and from the United Arab Emirates for amounts up to 60,000 dirhams. Amounts exceeding 60,000 dirhams must be declared upon arrival/departure.
Ordering UAE dirhams online
Order UAE dirhams online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy UAE dirhams online.
Selling back UAE dirhams
If you have UAE dirhams to sell, follow this link to exchange UAE dirhams to Pounds, click on "sell currency" and select "AED UAE Dirham. We"ll pay good rates for your leftover UAE dirhams.