Middle East Currency Guide


The Middle East uses a variety of country-specific currencies:

Country Currency
Bahrain Bahraini Dinar
Iran Iranian Rial
Iraq Iraqi Dinar
Israel New Israeli Shekel
Jordan       Jordanian Dinar
Kuwait Kuwaiti Dinar
Lebanon Lebanese Pound
Oman Omani Rial
Palestinian Territories     Jordanian Dinar/Egyptian Pound/Israeli New Shekel
Qatar Qatari Riyal
Saudi Arabia Saudi Riyal
Syria Syrian Pound
Turkey   Turkish Lira
United Arab Emirates      UAE Dirham
Yemen   Yemeni Rial


ATM facilities can be found throughout the major cities in the Middle East (except in Libya), but are less common in smaller towns, islands and the countryside. If you plan on withdrawing money or using your credit card while travelling through the Middle East, don’t forget to notify your bank before you go for security purposes and check what international withdrawal fees may apply to your card.


Before you travel it is important to convert some of your Australian Dollars into the local currency to have with you when you arrive. Saudi Arabia Riyals and UAE Dirhams are all available to pre-purchase from  from Travel Money Oz before you fly.

Credit Cards

For large purchases, it’s a good idea to bring a credit card with you on your holiday to the Middle East instead of carrying a lot of cash. Credit cards are widely accepted except for Iran and Libya and with restricted access in Jordan and Syria. If you don’t have a credit card, consider a debit credit card that allows you to access your savings account and the local currency from ATMs and wherever credit cards are accepted