United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED)

We want your UAE Dirham (AED) to go further so we offer competitive pound to UAE Dirham exchange rates and will beat competitors within 5 miles with our Price Promise. We offer a same day travel money service (subject to availability) and will even buy back your unused AED. T&C's apply.

Take in the views of Dubai’s towering skyscrapers, dive beneath the sea at one of the world’s largest aquariums or enjoy five-star dining at renowned restaurants. However you choose to spend your time in the United Arab Emirates, one thing is certain — you’ll need plenty of cash.

Buy AED currency online or visit one of our travel money bureaux for same-day service. 


Benefits of buying with Asda Money


Buy UAE Dirham with Asda Travel Money and you’ll benefit from:


  • Our Price Promise – we’ll beat the exchange rate of any competitors within 5 miles
  • Free home delivery on orders over £500
  • Same day travel money service for last-minute travel, subject to availability
  • Ease and convenience – simply buy AED from one of our travel money bureaux when you’re out shopping
  • Our Buy Back Promise – we’ll buy back your unused UAE Dirham (banknotes only) at the original exchange rate. T&C’s apply.
  • Asda Rewards – if you’re an Asda Rewards customer, you’ll get even better rates*

How to buy UAE Dirham (AED)


You can buy UAE Dirham with Asda Travel Money in three different ways:


In-store bureau

Buying your UAE Dirham from your local Asda Travel Money bureau is all about ease and convenience. It’s a super easy way to organise your holiday money, as we have locations in Asda stores all over the country. Just pop in when you’re doing your weekly shop. Our same day travel money service is ideal for last-minute currency before your trip (subject to availability).


Click & Collect – UAE Dirham (AED)

Converting sterling to UAE Dirham has never been simpler. All you need to do is purchase your currency online and choose Click & Collect to pick up your travel money at one of our many selected Asda stores, free of charge.


Home delivery for UAE Dirham (AED)

Selecting home delivery means your UAE Dirham will be delivered direct to your door. Choose next day home delivery from £4.99 (for orders placed before 2pm) or FREE home delivery for orders of £500 or more. The minimum order available for home delivery is £350.

What is AED Currency?


The United Emirates uses the United Arab Emirates Dirham or, as it’s more casually known Emirati Dirham, since 1973. Its name comes from the word Drachmae, Greek for ‘handful’. While it’s officially abbreviated as AED, DH or Dhs abbreviations are also common. [1]


Should You Buy United Emirates Currency Now or Wait?


Most vendors and retailers in the UAE prefer cash transactions. So, it’s a good idea to have some cash on you.

Buying United Emirates currency before you go means you won’t need to find an ATM on arrival or deal with pesky international transaction fees. With AED currency already lining your pockets, you’ll be ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Exchange Rate


If you’re organised and change your currency in advance, it may help with getting a better exchange rate. Whereas leaving it to the last minute and buying your currency at the airport, means higher rates and potentially high commission fees too. It pays to plan ahead and buy your UAE Dirham before you travel.



Dubai and the rest of the UAE is a wonderful place to explore. From its beaches and red dunes to its world famous buildings and shopping malls. But with so much to see and do, you’ll want your AED to go as far as possible.

Thankfully, at Asda Money we offer competitive exchange rates for UAE Dirham when you buy your foreign currency with us. If you find a better rate within 5 miles, we’ll match it with our Price Promise.



And if you’re left with currency in your back pocket at the end of your trip, there’s no need to waste it at the airport – Dubai Airport can be expensive at the best of times[2]. With Asda Money, we’ll buy back your UAE Dirham at the same rate with our Buy Back Promise.


Buy back rate for UAE Dirham


To benefit from our Buy Back Promise, you simply need to take it out for £2.99 when you buy your currency in the first place. Once you’re home with leftover UAE Dirham in hand (bank notes only), we’ll buy it back from you at the original exchange rate up to maximum value of £250. Any value above this limit will be exchanged using the applicable daily rate on the board. T&C’s apply.


Get to Know Dirham Currency


AED comes in the following denomination[9]:



  • 1 dirham
  • 5fils
  • 10fils
  • 25 fils
  • 50fils


  • 5 dirham
  • 10 dirham
  • 20 dirham
  • 50 dirham
  • 100 dirham
  • 200 dirham
  • 500 dirham
  • 1000 dirham

Useful Money Tips for United Arab Emirates


  • You’re expected to tip 10-15% unless the service is bad.[11]
  • At souks (traditional markets), make sure to haggle with sellers as you could end up paying 50% more otherwise.
  • When taking a taxi ride, round up the fare to the nearest 5Dhs.


Three reasons to love Asda Travel Money:

  • 1. Price Promise

    If you find a better exchange rate within 5 miles of one of our travel money bureaux, we’ll beat it with our Price Promise.

  • 2. We Buy Back Your Travel Money

    Stop by our travel money bureau and we’ll buy back your unused travel money. Even if you didn’t buy your travel currency from us, we’ll exchange it back commission free.

    Our Buy Back Promiselets you sell back your AED at the same rate for just £2.99

  • 3. Same Day Travel Money Service

    Left it till the last minute? Don’t worry, simply swing by one of our travel money bureaux and take advantage of our same day travel money on popular currencies, subject to availability.

Before you run off to the UAE, remember to pick up your holiday money at Asda

Planning another trip soon? If you’re travelling within the Eurozone, you can buy Euros with Asda Travel Money. Or if your trip is a little further across the world, we can help arrange your currency for the United States, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Mexico and more. 

[1] global-exchange.co.uk

[2] dubaivisitvisa.online

[3] hotelscombined.ae

[4] [5] numbeo.com 

[6] euronews.com

[7] travelrepublic.co.uk

[8] viator.com

[9] global-exchange.co.uk

[10] u.ae

[11] visitdubai.com

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