Currency in the UAE
The local currency is the UAE dirham (AED or Dhs) which is divided into 100 fils. The UAE notes come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 bills. The coin values are in Arabic numerals and Arabic text but on the paper notes the value appears on one side of the bill in Easter Arabic text and Arabic numerals and on the other side in Hindu Arabic numerals and English text.
Credit and debit cards & foreign currency in general are widely accepted, however if you’re shopping in the souks (markets) or in smaller shops, cash is the best option.