Buy UAE Dirham

Whether you're visiting the United Arab Emirates for business or pleasure, buy your UAE Dirham before you fly.

In light of the current circumstances we are currently offering the following online currency services:

  • Online ordering for home delivery (please note Royal Mail collection times are no longer guaranteed for next day)
  • Online ordering for bureau collection (limited stores)
  • Online ordering for in-store collection at over 200 customer service desks in Tesco stores around the UK

We have reopened a limited number of in-store travel money bureaux but unfortunately the remainder are temporarily closed. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Exchange rates can change throughout the day and will vary depending on whether you are buying in store, online or over the phone. More about travel money

Why choose Tesco Bank Travel Money

  • Over 360 in-store travel money bureaux open seven days a week.
  • Free home delivery when you spend £500 or more online.
  • Free Click and Collect from our in-store bureaux and over 200 customer service desks.
  • The choice to buy currency and prepaid travel money cards from our in-store travel money bureaux.
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Buy Emirati Dirham online and collect them from over 560 Tesco stores

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Heading to the United Arab Emirates? Pick up Dirham from a Tesco store.

If you need UAE Dirham for your next trip away, why not try Click & Collect?

Simply pre-order your currency online and it will be ready to collect from a Tesco Travel Money bureaux or selected customer service desk. You can select a date to collect your currency when you place your order.

How far your UAE Dirham could go



  • Mid-range three-course meal for two: 200.00د.إ
  • Cappuccino: 18.23د.إ
  • 0.5 litre draught beer: 45.00د.إ
  • Soft drink: 3.40د.إ
  • Loaf of fresh white bread (500g): 4.86د.إ
  • One-way ticket on local transport: 5.00د.إ
  • Litre of petrol: 2.35د.إ

Information sourced from, November 2019.



  • Mid-range three-course meal for two: 80.00د.إ
  • Cappuccino: 14.57د.إ
  • Soft drink: 2.64د.إ
  • Loaf of fresh white bread(500g): 3.28د.إ
  • One-way ticket on local transport: 7.00د.إ
  • Litre of petrol: 2.45د.إ

Information sourced from, November 2019.

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

  • Mid-range three-course meal for two: 200.00 د.إ
  • Cappuccino: 18.84 د.إ
  • Soft drink: 3.46 د.إ
  • Loaf of fresh white bread (500g): 4.80 د.إ
  • One-way ticket on local transport: 2.00 د.إ
  • Litre of petrol: 2.20 د.إ

Information sourced from, November 2019.

Buy before you fly

Benefits of planning ahead

It’s always handy to have some local currency before travelling. That way, you’ll be able to pay for essentials like food, drink and transportation – and have a little extra to spare for service tips.

Buy your UAE Dirham before jetting off and you’ll be ready to hit the ground running, without the added stress of having to search for an ATM when you arrive.

It’s also worth remembering that exchange rates can fluctuate. When you buy your UAE Dirham in advance, you know where you stand with regards to rates. If you withdraw cash while you are away, you may not get the same exchange rate – and may be charged costly withdrawal fees.

Get your currency when it’s convenient for you

Use Click & Collect and arrange to pick up your Emirati Dirham as part of your weekly shop, either from a Tesco Travel Money bureau or selected customer service desks. Or, you could try our home delivery service – free on all online orders of £500 or more.

Exchange rates can change throughout the day and will vary depending on whether you are buying in store, online or over the phone.

Handy information about Emirati Dirham (AED)

UAE Dirham fast facts

  • The Emirati Dirham dates back to 1973, when it replaced the Qatar riyal
  • To commemorate different events and rulers of the UAE, the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates makes special commemorative coins

Currency denominations

UAE Dirham: 5, 10, 20, 50, 200, 500, 1,000 Dirhams (د.إ)

UAE Fils:  1, 5, 10, 25, 50 Fils (فلس)

We can sell denominations of 20 Dirhams and over.

If you have any leftover currency when you return, we can buy back denominations of 5 Dirhams and over. Fils cannot be exchanged, but you can always donate them to charity or keep them as souvenirs of your trip.

Looking for a different currency?

We sell over 50 currencies. Order online for home delivery or collect from over 560 stores.

Important information

Card fees and cancellations

Buying foreign currency using a credit or debit card

No matter how you purchase your travel money, whether it be in store, online or over the phone, you will not be charged any card handling fee by us. However, regardless of your card type, your card provider may apply fees, e.g. cash advance fees or other fees, so please check with them before you purchase your travel money.

Click & Collect cancellations

You can cancel a Click & Collect order any time prior to collection. We'll refund you with the full Sterling amount that you paid for your order, unless you cancel less than 24 hours before your collection date, in which case we'll charge a £10 late cancellation fee.

We are unable to refund any fees charged by your card issuer, so please contact them if you have any further queries.

Currency buy back

When you get home, we'll buy your travel money back

Let us turn your unspent holiday money into Pounds. It couldn't be simpler.

Just pop into one of our in-store Travel Money Bureaux when you get back to the UK and we'll buy back your unwanted currency. We buy back in all the currencies we sell in most banknote values and also the Multi-currency Cash Passport™.

It doesn't matter where you bought your money, we'll still buy it back - even if you didn't buy it from a Tesco Travel Money Bureau.

Price Match

How our Price Match works

If you find a better exchange rate advertised by another provider within three miles of your chosen Tesco Travel Money Bureau, on the same day, we'll match it.

Price Match only applies in store on a like-for-like basis on sell transactions and does not apply to any exchange rate advertised online or by phone. This is not available in conjunction with any other offer. We reserve the right to verify the rate you have found and the three mile distance (using an appropriate route planning tool).

Key Product Information

Tesco Travel Money is provided by Travelex

Tesco Travel Money ordered online or by telephone is provided by Travelex Currency Services Limited. Registered no. 03797356. Registered office: 4th floor, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.

Tesco Travel Money ordered in store is provided by Travelex Agency Services Limited. Registered no. 04621879. Registered office: 4th floor, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.

Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. Issued by Wirecard Card Solutions Limited. Registered Office: 3rd Floor, Grainger Chambers, 3-5 Hood Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6JQ. Registered in England No. 07875693. Authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority to issue e-money (Firm Reference Number: 900051).