Dirham is the local currency in Dubai (Arabic: درهم) and its symbol is AED. This currency's name originates from the ancient Greek currency – the Drachma.
The following notes are available: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 Dirhams.
The following coins are available: 25 Fils, 50 Fils, 1 Dirham. 1, 5, and 10 Fil coins are not common, and prices in the country are rounded to 25 Fils values.
As the value in Arabic numbers appears on one side of the banknotes, here is an abbreviated Arabic lesson for your use:
٠= 0 , ١ = 1 , ٢ = 2 , ٣ = 3 , ٤ = 4 , ٥ = 5 , ٦ = 6 , ٧ = 7 , ٨ = 8 , ٩ = 9 , ١٠ = 10
Please take note that disregarding state symbols such as banknotes is strictly prohibited. Avoid tearing or crumpling your banknotes or writing on them. The country may penalize you for such behavior.
In addition to the airport and hotels, there are many changing points scattered throughout the city's shopping centers and points of interest where money can be exchanged for the local currency. We recommend exchanging a small amount that will last you until you arrive at the hotel or the city center if the fee is high there.
Don't worry if you haven't had time to exchange the currency or if you have used up all the local currency you exchanged. Almost everywhere in Dubai accepts dollars, some even accept euros, but change will usually be given in local currency.
Dubai is considered a high-end country, but when compared to other countries, the prices here are not all that different.
Hotel prices are influenced by a hotel's rating, quality and location, as they are everywhere else. It is possible to find luxury hotels in Dubai that are as luxurious as 5 star hotels, even at prices as low as 300 USD per night. If you are on a budget, you can also find many 4 star and even 3 star hotels in Dubai.
The cost of meals will vary and will depend on the status of the restaurant if you choose to dine at one of the high-end restaurants. If you choose to eat at simple restaurants or fast food places, your meal will cost about 17 USD. A coffee in the morning will cost you around 5 USD.
Dubai is not one of the most affordable places to live by a wide margin, but its wide variety of shopping, entertainment, attractions, food, and accommodations allows everyone to enjoy their stay according to their budget.