Qatari Riyal

In preparation for my first trip to Qatar, 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 enjoy 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 understand value simply by noting the color (and size). No need to unfold that crumbled pile of green paper to see the difference between a $1 bill and a $10 bill—it is design doing what it does best. Swoon.


Qatari Riyal ONE


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 to help you adjust to the exchange rate.