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Pick up locally
With over 20 convenient store locations across New Zealand, you can securely pick up your United Arab Emirates Dirham with no hassles.
About the currency
Coins and notes
Similarly to the New Zealand dollar, the AED dirham is made up of 100 fils (fils are like the UAE’s version of cents). Dirham notes come in 8 different denominations: $5AED, $10AED, $20AED, $50AED, $100AED, $200AED, $500AED and $1,000AED.
There are also 1c*, 5c, 10c, 25c and 50c coins, as well as a 1 dirham coin. When travelling in the UAE, try to keep coins and small notes on hand as it can be tricky to get change from 500 and 1000 dirham notes.
*The 1c coin isn’t widely circulated, making it something of a rarity.
Facts about the currency
- In Arabic, the plural of fils is fuloos – so 1 dirham is made up of 100 fuloos (as if getting used to a new currency wasn’t already confusing enough!).
- Before the AED was introduced, Abu Dhabi used the Bahraini dinar as its currency.
- Banknotes feature images of landmarks, Emirati scenes or traditional artefacts or emblems of the UAE, such as the Zayed Sports City and the ancient fort in Al Ain.
- AED coins have text and numerals denoted in Arabic.
- In Dubai, don't expect to spend too many dirhams between the hours of 1pm and 4pm, as many of the stores and souks take their lunch break during this time (must be nice getting such a generous lunchbreak!).
The NZD to AED dirham rate history chart above provides an overview of the exchange rate between the two currencies and reveals how the rate stacks up today compared to past trends. Simply adjust the date range to see trends from 1 month to 1 year. This snapshot of NZD to AED history can tell you if now’s a good time to book a trip to the UAE. Alternatively, sign up to receive currency alerts so you don’t miss your ideal rate.