Compare United Arab Emirates dirham travel money rates

Get the best United Arab Emirates dirham exchange rate by comparing travel money deals from the UK's top foreign exchange providers

United Arab Emirates dirham
We found 18 travel money suppliers offering £750 worth of United Arab Emirates dirham for delivery and accepting payment by debit card
You receive Dhs 3,417.70 Exchange rate 4.5615 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
Travel FX
You receive Dhs 3,417.53 Exchange rate 4.5567 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
Currency Online Group
You receive Dhs 3,405.75 Exchange rate 4.541 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
Travel Money Club
You receive Dhs 3,384.66 Exchange rate 4.526 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
The Currency Club
You receive Dhs 3,384.36 Exchange rate 4.5256 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
Sterling
You receive Dhs 3,384.00 Exchange rate 4.512 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
eurochange
You receive Dhs 3,384.00 Exchange rate 4.512 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
NM Money
You receive Dhs 3,375.00 Exchange rate 4.5 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
John Lewis
You receive Dhs 3,375.00 Exchange rate 4.5 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
Waitrose
You receive Dhs 3,371.10 Exchange rate 4.4948 Insured delivery Free Buy Now
Travelex

Best United Arab Emirates dirham exchange rate

While the United Arab Emirates has a strong economy and has positioned itself as a hub for trade, finance, and tourism in the Middle East, the dirham's global significance is relatively limited compared to other major reserve currencies. The dirham is primarily used within the UAE and is not as widely accepted for international transactions or held in significant quantities by central banks outside of the region.

Despite this, competition for dirham is strong in the UK and you can get a good deal on your currency with a little shopping around. We can help you to find the best United Arab Emirates dirham exchange rate by comparing a wide range of UK travel money suppliers who have United Arab Emirates dirham in stock and ready to order online now. Our comparisons automatically factor in all costs and commission, so all you need to do is tell us how much you want to spend and we'll show you the top suppliers who fit the bill.

Compare before you buy

Some of the best travel money deals are only available when you buy online. By using a comparison site, you're more likely to see the full range of deals on offer and get the best rate.

Order online

Always place your order online, even if you plan to collect your currency in person. Most supermarkets and high street currency suppliers offer better exchange rates if you order online beforehand.

Combine orders

If you're travelling with others, consider placing one large currency order instead of buying individually. Many currency suppliers offer enhanced rates that improve as you order more.

United Arab Emirates dirham rate trend

Over the past 30 days, the United Arab Emirates dirham rate is up 0.28% from 4.5615 on 29 Jan to 4.5743 today. This means one pound will buy more United Arab Emirates dirham today than it would have a month ago. Right now, £750 is worth approximately Dhs 3,430.73 which is Dhs 9.6 more than you'd have got on 29 Jan.

These are the average United Arab Emirates dirham rates taken from our panel of UK travel money providers at the end of each day. You can explore this further on our British pound to United Arab Emirates dirham currency chart.

United Arab Emirates dirham banknotes and coins

One United Arab Emirates dirham (Dh) can be subdivded into 100 fils.

There are six denominations of United Arab Emirates dirham banknotes in frequent circulation: Dhs 5, Dhs 10, Dhs 20, Dhs 50, Dhs 100 and Dhs 200; plus Dh 1, Dhs 500 and Dhs 1000 which are rarely used. There are three United Arab Emirates dirham coin denominations in frequent circulation: 25 fils, 50 fils and Dh 1.

United Arab Emirates dirham banknote denominations
DenominationSterling equivalent
Dh 1£0.22
Dhs 5£1.10
Dhs 10£2.19
Dhs 20£4.38
Dhs 50£10.96
Dhs 100£21.92
Dhs 200£43.85
Dhs 500£109.61
Dhs 1000£219.23
United Arab Emirates dirham coin denominations
DenominationSterling equivalent
25 fils£0.05
50 fils£0.11
Dh 1£0.22

Tips for saving money while visiting the United Arab Emirates

The cost of holidaying in the UAE can vary wildly, although it's generally considered to be an expensive destination for UK travellers, especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi which cater to the lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous. If you travel a bit further afield to neighbouring emirates such as Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah you'll find much more budget-friendly accommodation and attractions.

  • Research your accommodation: If you're a budget-conscious traveller, look for economy hotels and apartment rentals to save big on your accommodation. AirBnB and other online booking platforms are available in most large cities, and the savings can be considerable when compared to a branded hotel or resort, even in touristy areas like the Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai Marina.
  • Use public transport: Busses, metros and trams are cheaper than private taxis and rental cars for travelling around cities. For shorter distances, shared taxi services known as 'khattal' are cheaper than private hire cars. In older parts of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, traditional dhow boats offer short rides across bodies of water which can be a fun way to experience the local culture and scenery on a shoestring.
  • Plan your itinerary: The UAE has hundreds of free beaches, gardens, mosques and museums that you can stroll around at your leisure without spending a penny. If you're in Dubai, you can see much of the Dubai Mall's vast Aquarium and Underwater Zoo for free, and there's a spectacular daily lights and water show at the Dubai Fountain located at base of the Burj Khalifa. For the more adventurous, there are dozens of free hiking and nature trails in the surrounding emirates such as Ras Al Khaimah where you can explore the natural beauty of the UAE's rugged landscapes.
  • Find discount vouchers: Many tourist attractions and activities offer discount vouchers and codes that can save you money on entry fees and other perks. Look for vouchers online; sign up to newsletters and follow the social media accounts of places you're planning to visit.
  • Eat like a local: Shawarma and falafel stalls are common throughout the UAE and offer quick and reasonably priced wraps and sandwiches while you're out and about. If you'd rather dine inside, look for local eateries and cafeterias for the cheapest food options. Most shopping malls have food courts where you can order a variety of dishes and fast food, or look out for Indian and Pakistani restaurants which offer a range of affordable and delicious spicy dishes such as biryani, kebabs and curries.
  • Take cash: Using cash will help you to stick to a budget more easily than paying by card, and you'll also avoid foreign transaction fees. If you do take a card with you, look out for ATMs that are affiliated with your UK bank to avoid ATM fees, and if you're asked whether you want to pay in pounds or United Arab Emirates dirham - always choose United Arab Emirates dirham. If you pay in pounds the merchant can set their own exchange rate which won't be in your favour.