Around the corner, at Bank Meli Iran, a cashier said he could break the Dh10 note into 25 fils, 50 fils and Dh1 coins.
95 and a customer handed Dh20, how could he get his 5 fils change.
At Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, a teller said that the bank did not carry 1 fils, 5 fils or 10 fils coins.
I can give you 25 fils and 50 fils," the teller said.
We only have 25 fils or 50 fils coins EoAC" I don't think there's any such thing as a 5 fils or 10 fils coin," the teller said.
An approximation based on reader feedback puts the average money lost in transactions due to shortage of 1, 5 and 10 fils coins at Dh10 per month per household.
Residents say that since almost every business in the country charges customers to the actual fils despite the fact that 5 fils and 10 fils are not in wide circulation, it amounts to hidden costs to the shopper.
Most shoppers are more likely to say at cash counters EoAC" "keep the change", rather than making every fils count.
All others said they had no supply of 5 fils or 10 fils coins and when pressed further for change, they handed back 25 fils EoAC" often with reluctance and one with a snigger.
After asking for exact change, I was given 10 fils to round it off to Dh16.