UAE set to launch new Braille currency notes

Central Bank says special versions of AED100 ($27) and AED50 notes will go into circulation on Monday

The UAE Central Bank has announced that it will launch two currency notes specially produced for the blind and sight-impaired on Monday.

Versions of the AED100 ($27) and AED50 notes, reprinted with tactile marks for the blind and sight-impaired on the front, will go into circulation, official state news agency WAM reported.

The tactile feature on the AED100 denomination consists of two horizontal lines, centred around the middle of the right and left short sides of the note, separated by a recognisable distance.

The tactile feature on the AED50 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 the denomination on the AED50, WAM said.

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

This preliminary step represents one of the central bank’s attempts to enable sight-impaired individuals to access all banking services, WAM added.

Last year, Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan called on the central bank to use Braille in the UAE’s bank notes.

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