In preparation for my trip to Qatar in a few days, I went to my local bank to exchange a small amount of American currency for Qatari Riyal (the Qatari currency). As you might have gathered from the pictures below, I think it’s beautiful. There are denominations in notes of QAR 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 with English on one side, and Arabic on the other.

With the U.S. currency so humdrum in comparison, I often forget how visually stunning “money” can be. To be excited by the visual experience of each denomination, rather than just the value of each bill is such a welcomed change. Imagine how much easier it is to know the dollar amount of each bill simply by noting the color. No need to unfold that crumbled pile of paper to see the difference between a $1 bill and $10 bill – it’s color coding at its best.

QAR 1

Qatari Riyal ONE

QAR 5

Qatari Riyal FIVE

QAR 100

Qatari Riyal One Hundred

* If you’re wondering about the exchange rate, it’s a fixed rate of 1 U.S. dollar = 3.64 riyal.

Here’s a link to a free money converter that helps as you mentally adjust to the exchange rate.