The currency in Abu Dhabi is the Emirati Dirham or AED.
As a broad guide, one dirham is worth about 20p. If you take £100 in spending money, you should get around 500AED in exchange, although the rate fluctuates daily so keep an eye on changes.
The banknotes range from brown 5AED, about £1,10 (green), 20 (light blue), 50 (purple), 100 (pink) and 200 (yellow) dirham notes right up to navy blue 500AED. A 100AED note is worth in the region of £20. There are also one dirham coins.
A dirham is divided into 100 fils and there are coins for 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 fils. A 50 fils coin, easy to spot because it has seven sides like our 50p, is worth about 10p.
If you don’t have time to get it in advance, you can exchange your sterling in Abu Dhabi. There are money counters at the airport which are open even if you land in the middle of the night.
Withdrawing dirham from a local cash machine is also an option, as there are plenty of ATMs around Abu Dhabi. But make sure you’re aware of any charges and limits your bank may have. Some may charge you to withdraw in a foreign country, so make sure you check before you head out on holiday.
You’ll find that most places in Abu Dhabi take credit cards like Visa and MasterCard, but it’s always useful to take cash for tipping, taxis and for small purchases in shops and souks.