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What countries are you going to - that is a good place to start and then you look up what the currency is in that country - et voila - that is what currency you will need..........Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates if you are not aware and their currency is the UAE Dirham.
We did this cruise last year and used US dollars everywhere (although of course the exchange rate is not so good now) its a good idea to check they accept them before you buy anything but we didn't have a problem. We also went mid February and the weather was hot and sunny and the sea was calm. Beware of the taxi drivers in Muscat we were well and truly conned even though we agreed price before we got in!! best to take an excursion we felt. Abu Dhabi and Bahrain we took ships transport to the shopping centres, Dubai we did an excursion one day and our own thing the next (again taking the ships shuttle to the shopping centre). Fujairah we did an excursion along the coast which we enjoyed very much.
Thanks so much, this is very helpful - I had thought that the US $ would probably suit, although as you say, it's not such good value this year.
You can take any of the major currency's as long as they are reasonably new issue and crisp and clean notes. While in Dubai the best is to change other currency into the local Dirham as you may become very confused with the exchage rates at the point of sale. The Dirham is accepted everywhere but only the major centres will accept other types of currency. Some months ago the US currency was not favoured due to it's decline in value, in fact we had it thrown back at us on several occations when we were trying to offload it. The Pound is as favoured, if not more than the US dollar, in Dubai. Everybody still thinks that the US currency is the best international currency, it is no longer. The Pound or the Euro are now the way to go. Enjoy Dubai and the Middle East as it is a great and safe destination.
We did this cruise last February and it was great. We took US Dollars and Euro. The ships excursions are expensive and you can do a lot indepently. The ship is Italian, so when you go ashore they assume you have Euro. For example in Muscat we just walked to the port gates and there are many taxi's there who will take you on a tour and charge half the price the ship does. You do have time to do excurtions yourself whilst in Dubai by getting a taxi or go to the information desk in the port terminal. They were very helpful. There is a hop on hop off bus in Dubai which is a good tour. Your Mum would enjoy just staying on the bus. They cover two routes. One around town and the other to the malls and beaches. The only port we were disappointed in was Fujerah.