UAE Dirham (AED) = 100 fils. Notes are in denominations of AED1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of AED1, and 50, 25, 10 and 5 fils (10 and 5 fils coins are rarely used).
The Dirham is tied to the US Dollar.
Credit/Debit cards and ATMS
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. ATMs are found across the UAE, mostly in the major cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
These are widely accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.
The United Arab Emirates bears a significant resemblance to neighbouring Arab countries and the larger Arab culture. Modernisation of its culture occurred after the discovery of oil mines in the country in 1960, when small mud walled towns started developing as cities and towns with high rise buildings. However the people of the country have still held the United Arab Emirates traditions.
New Year's Day
Feb Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet)
Leilat al-Meiraj (Ascension of the Prophet)
30 Aug - 31 Aug
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
6 Nov - 7 Nov
Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)
The best time to visit is between October and May.
The hottest time is from June to September with little rainfall.