Dirham / Emirates currency symbol – entering into Word & Office
The Dubai font inspired us to look at the currency symbol for the United Arab Emirates – the Dirham. A quick guide for those of us who don’t know any Arabic!
There’s no direct symbol for the Dirham – unlike the dollar, Euro or Yen/Yuan.
The usual prefix is DH or Dhs , just plain old western letters and it looks like this:
That’s usually the way Dirham prices are shown.
The official currency code is AED.
In Arabic, there’s a three character prefix (shown here as an image and text)
It’s made up of three Arabic characters. Here’s the Unicode references and names.
Arabic Letter Alef with Hamza below
Fullstop / Period (same as western alphabets)
Arabic Letter Dal
Any font with Arabic character support will work. Microsoft Office has quite a few fonts with Arabic letters included.
Just like any other extended range character not on your keyboard, you can use the Office Insert | Symbol feature:
Or the shortcut: type in the Unicode reference (eg 0625 ) then Alt + X.
One Dirham is made up of 100 fils (equivalent of cents).
The Arabic word for fils is also three characters (again, image and characters):
Arabic Letter Seen
Arabic Letter Lam
Arabic Letter Feh
Usually you’d not bother with the word fils, instead use a decimal point eg 0.25 for 25 fils.
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