The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates won the Best New banknote award for the 1,000 dirham (AED) banknote. It follows the issue of new 5 and 10 dirham notes in 2022 and the new 50 dirham in late 2021, all of which are printed by Oumolat Security Printing, located in Abu Dhabi, on De La Rue’s SAFEGUARD® polymer.

The front of the new banknote depicts the image of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, next to a model of a space shuttle, denoting his passion for the UAE to becoming a pioneer in space exploration, an ambition that was realised in the Emirates Mars Mission ‘Hope Probe’ journey in 2021. The reverse of the note depicts the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.

The main security feature is a partially metallized KINEGRAM COLORS® foil stripe from KURZ depicting an astronaut. A separate window features a portrait of the Sheik. In ad