What is the best currency to take to Dubai - should we take ukp or usd & change to Aed whilst there or exchange before we go?
If you have GPB then bring it as they are well accepted here. USD have an advantage in that they are pegged to AED and hence you do not lose when buying and selling very much in currency conversion. However, it does not make sense to exchange GPB to USD then to AED.
Change sterling to AED on arrival 👌🏽Edited: 12 June 2018, 02:33
Thank you - we already have some USD at home, so we will bring those plus some GPB too - thanks
Change there but also take an ATM card - saves carrying lots of cash and there are ATMs everywhere
Thanks - due you get charged withdrawal or exchange rates
It depends on your bank so check with them the rates for withdrawals and conversion rates
Why not try something like Revolut or Transferwise? AED is a transfer currency for Revolut, so you could preload 200 quid and benefit from better rates (interbank) and fee-free usage (unless at weekends, when banks are closed)
My tip would be to use a postal currency exchange service pre-travel (for better rates) to have some 'walking around money' once you land for taxis etc.Then take your currency to an exchange house like Al Ansari (available in most malls and neighbourhood branches).
Two considerations to bear in mind - if you take a lump sum of exchanged currency, you may overspend, and don't waste your time travelling around trying to change money away from the official exchanges (false economy in time and cost of hassle).
Finally, be aware of DCC if you use credit cards for transactions, and politely decline any offers to pay in your home currency.