UAE Dirham – Dubai currency (AED)

The UAE dirham is pegged to the US dollar, at exactly AED 3.6725 = USD 1.00.

History of the UAE Dirham

The United Arab Emirates dirham was introduced on the 19 May 1973. It replaced the riyal that used to be the Qatar and Dubai currency since 1966. Before 1966, all the emirates that form today the UAE, used the Gulf rupee.

UAE Dirham – Coins

Coin Front Back Weight ø Thickness Usage
1 fils 1.5 g 15 mm 1.1 mm Very rare
5 fils 2.2 g 17 mm 1.2 mm Very rare
10 fils 3.05 g 19 mm 1.65 mm Very rare
25 fils 3.5 g 20 mm 1.5 mm Common
50 fils 4.4 g 21 mm 1.7 mm Very common
1 dirham 11.3 g 28.5 mm 2.3 mm Very common

© Coins – Image courtesy of Ma collection de monnaies

UAE Dirham – Banknotes

AED 5 – Reverse
AED 5 – Observe
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Brown 142×60 Sharjah Central Souq also known as Islamic Souq – the Blue Souq or the central market Imam Salem Al Mutawa Mosque which was formerly known as Al Jamaa mosque in Sharjah
AED 10 – Reverse
AED 10 – Observe
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Green 147×62 The khanjar (Arabic: خنجر) is the traditional dagger of Oman A farm
AED 20 – Reverse
AED 20 – Observe
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Blue 149×63 The front face of the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club Traditional trading dhow
AED 50 – Reverse
AED 50 – Observe
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Purple 151×64 An oryx or gazelle (غزال) The pre-Islamic Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain
AED 100 – Reverse
AED 100 – Observe
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Red / Pink 155×66 Fahidi Fort Dubai World Trade Centre building
AED 200 – Reverse
AED 200 – Observe
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Orange 157×67 The Zayed Sports City and the Sharia court building The United Arab Emirates Central Bank building
AED 500 – Reverse
AED 500 – Observe
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Purple / Blue 159×68 Saker falcon The Jumeirah Mosque – one of the best known mosques in the UAE and Dubai
AED 1000 – Reverse
AED 1000 – Observe

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Turquoise 163×70 Al Hosn Palace Abu Dhabi Corniche

© Banknotes – Image courtesy of http://banknoteworld.com/united-arab-emirates