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5 Currency Facts You Probably Didn't Know About the Emirati Dirham

Ryan February 17th, 2020
5 Currency Facts You Probably Didn't Know About the Emirati Dirham


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Stuck like Glue

The United Arab Emirates Dirham is pegged to the US Dollar. This means that the rate is fixed. Since 1997, $1 has equaled about 3.6725 Dirham.


The subunits for the Dirham are called Fils. You will commonly find 25 fils, 50 fils, and 1 Dirham coins in the United Arab Emirates. Although there are 1, 5, and 10 fils coins that do exist, most prices are rounded to the nearest 25 fils so these other coins are harder to find.


To prevent counterfeit bills, a security measure was taken to add a Falcon watermark to all AED bills in order to prevent fake copies from being made.

United We Stand

The United Arab Emirates is a federation of 7 emirates: Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain. Before the introduction of the Dirham, each of the emirates used the currency of the closest country to it. Now they all use the same currency which is convenient when traveling within the country.

Fun Fact: Last month, the UAE celebrated its 48th Birthday on December 2nd. 

Money Map

The designs on the different dirham denominations showcase beautiful architecture, animals, as well as outdoor features that are important to the area’s culture. On the 5 dirham bill, the Blue Souk in Sharjah is depicted. This is the Central Market for trade and shopping.

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