Dubai: The Indian Rupee will now be accepted for transaction at all airports in Dubai, according to a leading newspaper in the United Arab Emirates.
The acceptance of Indian currency is good news for tourists from that country as earlier they lost a sizeable amount due to exchange rates, sources said.
As per a report in the Gulf News, the Indian currency is now acceptable at all three terminals of Dubai International Airport and at Al Maktoum Airport.
"Yes, we have started accepting the Indian rupee," a Dubai duty free staff told the newspaper.
Nearly 90 million passengers passed through Dubai aiports last year, 12.2 million were Indians, the report quoted.
Indian travellers had to earlier convert the rupee into Dollar, Dirham or Euro before they could shop at Dubai's duty free shops.
The Indian rupee is the 16th currency to be accepted for transaction at Dubai Duty-Free since its opening in December 1983, said the report.
Emirates eyes more seats on Dubai-India route
Gulf carrier Emirates is looking for more seats to offer on the Dubai-India route, which has not seen an increase in bilateral rights for the last five years, said a top official.
Emirates, the flagship carrier of Dubai, flies to nine destinations in India and has also entered into a preliminary pact for a code share with low-cost carrier SpiceJet.
Bilateral rights refers to an agreement between two countries that allows each other's airlines to operate services with a specific number of seats. The existing bilateral rights allows carriers from Dubai and India to offer nearly 1,30,000 seats per week on their flights to each other's territory.
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