Indian Rupee will now be accepted at Dubai Airports
Dubai: In good news for Indian travellers, the Indian Rupee will now be accepted for transaction at all airports in Dubai. The duty-free shops will the Indian currency, reported to a leading newspaper in the United Arab Emirates.
According to a report in the Gulf News, the Indian currency is now accepted at all three terminals of the Dubai International Airport and at Al Maktoum Airport.
“Yes, we have started accepting the Indian rupee,” a Dubai duty-free staff was quoted as saying by the paper. The acceptance of Indian currency is good news for Indian tourists as earlier they lost a sizeable amount due to exchange rates, sources said.
Nearly 90 million passengers passed through Dubai airports last year. Of them, 12.2 million were Indians. Most of them came from the Indian cities of Mumbai, Delhi and Cochin.
Earlier Indian travellers had to convert the rupee into Dollar, Dirham or Euro before they could shop at Dubai’s duty-free shops.
The Indian rupee is the 16th currency to be accepted for transaction at Dubai Duty-Free since its opening in December 1983, said the report.
Dubai Duty-Free has grown into one of the biggest travel retail operators in the world. Last year was a milestone year for Dubai Duty-Free which celebrated its 35th anniversary on December 20, 2018. Additionally, it also crossed the $2 billion mark on December 29.