The UAE dirham is celebrating its 44th birthday this Friday. What will a dirham buy you, many people wonder. Well, a lot.
McDonald's Ice Cream Cone: The beautiful thing about McDonald's ice cream is that it's a sizable portion for an extremely affordable price. You might even consider getting your friend one!
Clothes: Every first weekend of the month, the Dubai Flea Market takes place usually in Zabeel Park. It's a community driven event where residents sell their wares for marked down prices. Branded and sometimes, designer clothes are being sold for only 1 dirham, and in some cases, the sellers mark it further down, e.g. fill an entire bag with clothes for just 1 dirham.
Books: Also in the Flea Market, books of any genre go for a only dirham and save up on going to the bookstores.
Mint candy: Now you can speak to people without ever worrying about smelling bad!
Bread: Panadero Bakery in Satwa offers THREE pieces of traditional Filipino bread rolls for only a dirham.
Boat ride: See the waterway where Dubai once thrived for only a dirham. BONUS: Walk around the Spice and Gold Souks and see what you discover.
Paratha: This Indian flatbread can be found all over the many cafeterias that dot the city and is guaranteed to fill that hole in your stomach.
Peanut bar: Indulge your sweet tooth with this tiny yet sweet treat.
Oman Chips: A hallmark of 'Dubai nostalgia', a single sentence cannot give justice to how great these chips are.
Laban: Because you can't have Oman Chips without a carton of laban. You also get a complete meal for the price of Dh2!
Samosa: Is it going to be vegetable or chicken? Whatever you choose, know that you're getting it for the low, low price of Dh1.
Emirates Pofaki: This cheesy goodness is available in many a storefront around Dubai. If spicy Oman Chips aren't your thing, this salty treat should hit the spot.
Caramel Custard: Now that you have had the 'main course', time to top it all off with another Dh1 indulgence.
Stationery: Why ask someone for a pen when you can get a new one for Dh1?
Pretzels: A huge bag of Ulker Pretzels costs only Dh1. They're quite good so you might find yourself frantically munching away.
Gum: Ever seen those ubiquitous candy machines everywhere? Pop a dirham in it and watch as the gum rolls down to your palm.
Mayonnaise: Want mayo on your food? Most fast food outlets offer it for a dirham a sachet.
Broth cubes: Want instant soup or stock? Only Dh1 separates you from it.
A tissue packet: For all your wiping needs and obsessive-compulsive concern for cleanliness.
Your vital statistics at a pharmacy machine: Find out if you need to shed kilos by shedding a dirham off your pocket.
A lollipop: Sweeter than candy on a stick, huckleberry, cherry or lime. The song forgot to mention that it only costs Dh1.
Face wipes: They're wet, they smell good, they remove and sign off stress on your face and they cost just Dh1 a pack.
A printout: Depending on which printing shop you go to. You can get one (or two) A4 pages printed out. And two pages is the average length of a CV!
Yogurt: Go from looking cheap to looking health-conscious all in one go!
Choki Choki: You can eat it off the sachet or put it on crackers for the canape vibe. It won't even cost much!
Kwek kwek: Forget the fact that it is orange. This Filipino treat is a hard-boiled egg wrapped around a tempura-like batter and then deep fried.
Tomatoes: In case you want to make soup - or want to criticize a lackluster b-movie.
A banana leaf: It's large enough to be. well, anything you want it to be.
Peanuts: You can only get a handful, but still, the beauty of only shelling out Dh1!
Glucose Biscuits: Need sugar? You can get a whole bunch of it with these biscuits.
White chocolate: You either love it or hate it, but that doesn't negate the fact that it's only Dh1.
Squash Seeds: Spend the next couple of minutes biting through the shell to get your dirham's worth.
A satsuma: Or in other words, a smaller version of the orange packed with the same amount of vitamins.
Local herbs: They smell good, they make food good, and they only cost a dirham - which is very good.
Garlic: Need garlic for a recipe? You'll be interested to know it costs only Dh1
A croissant: The price does depend on whether you want a chocolate croissant, a zaatar one, or just a plain croissant.
A banana: You can also sing the popular 'Banana Song' from the film Minions while you're at it.
Carton paper: For all your artistic needs.
Dates: If that isn't satisfying enough, you can grab choco dates for the same price.
Fruit jelly: Straight out of your childhood, these fruity and colourful jellies are back for only Dh1.
A roti: Once the sun goes down, the parathas make way for the rotis. They're larger than parathas but have the same good taste about them.