June 6, 2023
International Technology

UAE Central Bank Launches New Polymer AED 1,000 Banknote

The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) has recently introduced a new AED 1,000 banknote, made of polymer, which will be available at banks and exchange companies starting from 10th April 2023. The new banknote has been designed with varying tones of brown, similar to the current AED 1,000 note, but with a distinctive fluorescent blue hue at the center that represents the UAE’s national brand.

The new banknote features advanced intaglio printing methods that result in a unique and visually appealing aesthetic. The use of varying colors and printing techniques makes it easy for the public to differentiate the new banknote from the existing one. The new banknote will circulate alongside the current AED 1,000 note.

One of the most notable features of the new banknote is an image of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on the front, along with a model of a space shuttle. This design was inspired by Sheikh Zayed’s meeting with NASA scientists in 1974. The banknote celebrates the UAE’s “Emirates Mission to Explore Mars, the Hope Probe” that was successfully completed in 2021, with an image of the mission included at the top of the space shuttle.

In addition to this, an astronaut’s image has been added as a security mark on the banknote’s front side, to commemorate the first Emirati astronaut’s space journey. The back of the banknote features an image of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in Abu Dhabi, highlighting the UAE’s role in diversifying energy sources and reducing carbon emissions.

The new banknote incorporates advanced security features to prevent counterfeiting, such as Spark Flow Dimensions, which is being used for the first time in banknotes circulated across the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Moreover, the UAE has become the first country in the MENA region to release the largest multi-colored Kinegram surface applied foil stripe on its newly issued banknote.

The CBUAE has also added many symbols in Braille to assist individuals with visual impairments in identifying the note’s value. Overall, the new banknote represents a significant advancement in design, security, and accessibility for the UAE’s currency

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