One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The basic monetary unit of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, equal to 100 centimes in Morocco and 100 fils in the United Arab Emirates.
- ‘At the airport, the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department hands out gold-coloured dirhams to 50,000 people as a welcoming gesture.’
- ‘The battle of Pelennor fields may have been all the rage at the office, but Praful quietly cursed the decision to fork out 30 dirhams for a ticket to ‘The Return of the King’ and a free coke.’
- ‘Dollars (of various nations), pounds, gilders, marks, lire, pesetas, dirhams, takas are up for grabs if one is talented enough with that wooden stick called a hockey.’
- ‘For a few dirhams (there are about 15 to the pound) you get someone who knows the city's nooks and crannies inside out, and by hiring a guide all the other would-be tour givers leave you alone.’
- ‘They each paid about 10 US to use the water taxi to cross the river from the Dubai side to Deria when in truth I've been across for about 2 dirhams.’
- ‘I rent one for an hour - 50 dirhams, complete with surly pilot.’
- ‘I finally saw one of the streetside orange-juice vendors Matt had told me about: I had two glasses of fresh squeezed OJ for 3 dirhams.’
- ‘A typical palm island villa (6500 sq feet, four to five bedroom) with 65 feet of beachfront sold for 2.6 million dirhams off the plans.’
- ‘Also Sara's maternity needs are not covered by our insurance, it costs 600 dirhams a time to see the gynaecologist and will cost in the region of 12,000 dirhams to have the baby privately.’
- ‘This was a fast food place so it is pretty cheap, but some of the higher class restaurants are still reasonable, in many of the 4/5 star hotels a nice meal would set you back about 50-70 dirhams, which is a lot cheaper than Ireland.’
- ‘The Indian community in Dubai UAE has donated 1.03 million dirhams for use by a local charity, the IANS news service has reported.’
- ‘And he ordered that the scholar be given 10,000 dirhams.’
- ‘The night that he sung in the Old Mechouar stage, the crowd (even at 400 dirhams a ticket) was capacity-plus.’
- ‘It cost all of two dirhams to buy and I can still remember trying to read it incessantly while my dad dragged me from fish booth to fish booth.’
- ‘He bequeathed his books to his pupil, Ayyub Saktiyan, who paid more than ten dirhams as a fare for them being loaded on a camel.’
- ‘For a few dirhams you can hire a donkey and muleteer to carry your gear and guide you along remote trails, over low passes linking hidden valleys.’
- ‘He gave up a well-paid job in Dubai to come back home to the family farm because the bond of home was stronger than the lure of Gulf dirhams.’
- ‘I'm living on 100 dirhams a week which just about covers essentials like toiletries.’
- ‘Prices are all marked in dirhams, with an exchange rate of just over ten dirhams to one euro.’
- ‘They also think they will be breathing fresh air while dollars and dirhams roll into their bank accounts.’
2A monetary unit of Libya and Qatar, equal to one thousandth of a dinar in Libya and one hundredth of a riyal in Qatar.
From Arabic, from Greek drakhmē, denoting an Attic weight or coin. Compare with drachma.
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