How to buy UAE Dirham

Off to Dubai? Abu Dhabi? Or Ras Al-Khaimah? We sell Dirhams for the United Arab Emirates online and in select John Lewis Bureau de Change stores. Don’t forget to buy your UAE Dirham before your trip so you have cash in hand for your United Arab Emirates holiday.

Competitive rates

We monitor the currency exchange market daily to ensure we offer you a great rate to sell or buy UAE Dirham online or in-store.

Delivered to you

Online AED orders can be delivered to a Waitrose or John Lewis near you or straight to your front door. 

No commission fees

You won’t have to pay a commission fee when you buy AED from us.

Prepare for your trip to the Gulf Tiger

There’s a reason why cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi have become some of the world's top luxury destinations, from an awe-inspiring 7-star hotel favoured by the rich and famous to their legendary shopping malls. Not to mention family-fun theme parks with world-record-breaking roller coasters. Even beyond the modern buildings, the UAE is also widely known for its gorgeous old towns, souks, and mosques, each enriched with Middle Eastern culture and history. 

But, whether you’re touring the deserts or gazing at the city lights from the top of the Burj Khalifa, it’s important to start your holiday off right. Before you even pack, you can exchange your GBP for AED online from us or at select John Lewis Bureaux de Change. Online orders can be delivered to your home by the next working day.


Sell your leftover UAE Dirham

You can sell your UAE Dirham notes when you've landed back home. Just visit your local John Lewis Bureau de Change branch with a valid form of ID and your Dirham to exchange your currency back into pounds.

If your trip to the UAE has been cancelled, you can return your Dirhams for a full refund within 35 days of the purchase date. Make sure you have your original order receipt or order confirmation when you make the return. 

Please note buy backs and returns can only be made in-store.

Frequently asked questions

Many Middle Eastern countries use Dirhams as their official currency, however, UAE Dirhams can only be used within the United Arab Emirates. These cities and Emirates’ include:


Abu Dhabi


Al Ain


Ras Al Khaimah


Umm Al Quwain

Khor Fakkan

Jebel Ali


Exchange rates online may vary from those offered in-store. 

You can check today’s online rates on our main currency page. Today’s in-store buy and sell rates can be found on the Bureau de Change store locator.

UAE Dirham is only sold in select John Lewis Bureaux de Change.  If your local John Lewis does not sell UAE Dirham, you can still order them online with next-day home delivery or click and click at your nearest John Lewis or Waitrose.

For online orders, you can buy between £250 to £2,500 worth of UAE Dirham. If you’re planning on travelling with more than 60,000 AED into the United Arab Emirates, you will need to declare the amount at customs when you arrive at border control.


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