Exchange money in Dubai
Getting money exchanged during your trip to Dubai is easy thanks to the wide range of money changers available. You'll find them all over the city, and there's usually at least one in every shopping mall.
Exchange your money hassle-free at these spots
Getting money exchanged during your trip to Dubai is easy thanks to the wide range of money changers available.
Where can I exchange foreign currencies in Dubai?
You'll find exchange houses all over the city, and there's usually at least one in every shopping mall. Using one of these exchanges is simple and convenient, and they all offer fair rates. The best-known companies include:
Al Ansari Exchange
Founded in 1966, the company is one of the most trusted exchanges in the Middle East. There are over 70 branches in Dubai, including those at The Dubai Mall, City Centre Deira, and its main branch at Al Barsha.
A global company headquartered in the the United Arab Emirates with Dubai branches in Al Quoz Mall, Bur Dubai and Deira.
Another large money exchange chain in Dubai, with more than 60 locations across the city. You'll find them in The Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa Metro station.
Part of the Sharaf Group, Sharaf Exchange is a reputable money changer with over 15 branches in Dubai, including Jumeirah, Satwa and Mercato Mall.
Al Fardan Exchange
This chain of money exchangers by the Al Fardan Group has 16 branches across Dubai. Locations include Bur Dubai, Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Festival City.
Do I need special documents?
Most exchange houses will ask for a form of identification such as a passport copy or national ID, as well as contact details. One thing to note when getting money exchanged in Dubai is that the dirham is pegged to the US dollar (and has been since 1997). This means that the exchange rate for dollars to dirhams stays the same, while the rates for other currencies will rise and fall.
How do I find an exchange house that's close to my hotel?
Ask your hotel concierge for recommendations but we also recommend visiting branches of exchange houses in malls, as they usually have extended operating hours – they open and close at the same time as the mall – and travellers cheques are widely accepted at money exchanges.
Do ATMs here accept international cards?
If you prefer to use ATMs, there are thousands all over the city, including those belonging to international banks such as HSBC. If using an international card, remember that you may get charged withdrawal and foreign currency exchange fees, so please check with your bank before travelling.
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