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22 February 2024

UAE to launch dirham notes for the blind

By Wam

The UAE Central Bank has announced that it would put in circulation on Monday March 9 two currency notes of Dh100 and Dh50 denominations, reprinted with tactile marks for the blind and sight-impaired  on the front of the notes.

The banknotes will include new tactile features for the blind and sight impaired, engraved in bleed-off intaglio printing on the edge of the banknotes’ short sides. The tactile feature on the Dh100 denomination consists of two horizontal lines, centreed around the middle of the right and left short sides of the note, separated by a recognisable distance.

The tactile feature on the Dh50 denomination consists of four horizontal lines next to each other in the middle of the right and left short sides of the note.

The metallic ink surrounding the UAE emblem on the front top half of the note is replaced by multicoloured shifting element for denomination Dh 50.

The overall design and other specifications of the two notes are the same as in the currency notes currently in circulation.

The two currency notes will be dispensed to banks in accordance with the Central Bank’s established procedures for cash withdrawal and deposit. 

This  step represents one of the Central Bank’s attempts to enable sight-impaired individuals’ access all banking services, just like other customers.