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.

Arabic

In Arabic, there’s a three character prefix (shown here as an image and text)

د.إ

It’s made up of three Arabic characters.  Here’s the Unicode references and names.

1
0625

Arabic Letter Alef with Hamza below

1
002E

Fullstop / Period (same as western alphabets)

1
062F

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.

Fils

One Dirham is made up of 100 fils (equivalent of cents).

The Arabic word for fils is also three characters (again, image and characters):

 فلس

1
0633

  Arabic Letter Seen

1
0644

Arabic Letter Lam

1
0641

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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