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We were just there last weekend. Although they prefer AED, they will accept both US dollars and Euros, for both fares and tips. There are plenty of ATMs, so it's easy to get AED.
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Would a taxi driver in the US accept AED? No. So don't expect a driver to accept foreign currency. If they do agree to the conversion rate won't be favorable to you. Just get some AED at a ATM.
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Originally posted by jelayne
Would a taxi driver in the US accept AED? No. So don't expect a driver to accept foreign currency. If they do agree to the conversion rate won't be favorable to you. Just get some AED at a ATM.
What he said.
And don't expect your driver to speak too much English, apart from understanding directions or names of hotels and landmarks.
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You really can use USA currency.

With that said, you will end up paying more so if you can get local currency all the better but if you can't USA and Euros will be taken.

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#8
Jacksonville, Fl.
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Originally posted by PaulMCO
You can use Uber. Many Uber drivers in Dubai.
Does the American uber app work in Dubai , or do you need to download something different?
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Originally posted by hmorrow
Does the American uber app work in Dubai , or do you need to download something different?
Helaine
Taxis here are plentiful, clean, safe, metered and inexpensive.
Unless there is a major event on it it is raining, I never found an Uber neccessary
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We were told that taxi drivers only accepted Dirham.


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Originally posted by buchhalm
What he said.

And don't expect your driver to speak too much English, apart from understanding directions or names of hotels and landmarks.


I think if they speak any English they are doing well. I don’t speak any Arabic!
That said I had no trouble communicating with taxi drivers, train ticket sellers, shop assistants etc. everybody was very helpful. Don’t forget to get a card from your hotel with their name written in local language.
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Don’t forget to get a card from your hotel with their name written in local language.
Enjoy


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Many drivers are Pakistani wo understand enough English to understand the hotel name. But getting a card is a good idea. Your pronunciation may differ from the one the drivers are used to.
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Have Dirhams in hand when you are at Dubai. It is easier for transactions. Most taxi drivers don't speak English well. It is not difficult in Dubai to exchange currency. There are many currency exchanges and money transfer services all around Dubai due to the high number of immigrants. Al Ansari Exchange is a popular money exchange firm with various branches throughout UAE.
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Originally posted by Floridiana
Many drivers are Pakistani wo understand enough English to understand the hotel name. But getting a card is a good idea. Your pronunciation may differ from the one the drivers are used to.
Too true?
Shangri-La Hotel? No idea!
ShanGorilla!!! Of course, Mamsir.
(Mamsir is another word here. You figure it out. )😉
#17
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Originally posted by buchhalm
Taxis here are plentiful, clean, safe, metered and inexpensive.
Unless there is a major event on it it is raining, I never found an Uber neccessary
But that wasn't my question.......
#18
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IS uber app works fine
No need to translate just type in your destination and the Uber driver has Google maps to get there
Care shows in ADD but no sorry about conversion
Your credit card does that
One taxi driver wanted to charge 3x what Uber wanted
I showed him what Uber was to charge and he put the meter on and ended up costing about 1.5 x Uber
Use Uber!!!
#19
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the locals we met used and recommended Uber, they didn’t use taxis.
Originally posted by rdzugan
IS uber app works fine
No need to translate just type in your destination and the Uber driver has Google maps to get there
Care shows in ADD but no sorry about conversion
Your credit card does that
One taxi driver wanted to charge 3x what Uber wanted
I showed him what Uber was to charge and he put the meter on and ended up costing about 1.5 x Uber
Use Uber!!!