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Top 10 Dubai by Sarah Monaghan, Lara Dunston

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Banking & Communications

1. Currency

The UAE’s currency is the UAE dirham, written as AED (Arab Emirates Dirham) or as Dh. One dirham is divided into 100 fils. Notes are in denominations of AED 5, AED 10, AED 20, AED 50, AED 100, AED 200, AED 500 and AED 1000. Coins are available as 25 fils, 50 fils as well as one dirham.

2. Exchange Rates

The UAE dirham is pegged to the US dollar. US$ 1 is equal to AED 3.67. All other currencies fluctuate, but at the time of writing Euro 1 was equal to AED 5 and £1 was worth AED 5.75.

3. Banks & ATMs

Numerous international banks operate in the UAE, including HSBC, Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank. Good local banks include National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Mashreq Bank and National Bank of Dubai. Globally linked ATMs ...

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