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50 Dirhams 2011, United Arab Emirates

in Krause book Number: 29
Years of issue: 2011
Edition: 231 797 290
Signatures: Minister of Finance: Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman: Khalil Mohammed Sharif Foulathi
Serie: 2011 Serie
Specimen of: 2004
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 151 x 64
Printer: Unknown printer

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50 Dirhams 2011




Head of falcon. Denomination 50.

Dallah (coffee pot) - A dallah (Arabic: دلة‎) is a traditional Arabic coffee pot used for centuries to brew and serve Qawha (gahwa), an Arabic coffee or Gulf coffee made through a multi-step ritual, and Khaleeji, a spicy, bitter coffee traditionally served during feasts like Eid ul-Fitr.

It is commonly used in the coffee tradition of the Arabian peninsula and of the Bedouins. Old Bedouins used the ritual of coffee preparation, serving and drinking as a sign of hospitality, generosity and wealth. In much of the Middle East it is still connected to socializing with friends, family and business partners, so it is typically present in the main rites of passage, such as births, marriages and funerals and some business meetings.

Dallah have a distinctive form, featuring a bulbous body that tapers to a "waistline" in the middle and flares out at the top, covered by a spire-shaped lid topped with a tall finial and held by a sinuous handle. The most distinctive feature is a long spout with a crescent-shaped beak. This beak may be covered with a metal flap to keep the coffee warmer, but traditionally it is open to view the coffee as it is poured out.

A dallah can be made of brass, steel, silver and even 24K gold for special occasions or use by royalty.

The origins of the dallah are unclear. Among the earliest references to a dallah as a coffee boiler in the modern shape date to the mid-17th century.

The dallah plays such an important role in the identity of Persian Gulf countries that it is featured in public artworks and on monetary coins.

Dallah are typically richly ornamented, usually engraved with geometric patterns, stylized plants and flowers, love scenes from Arabic poetry or other decorations, including semi-precious gemstones and ivory. Modern dallah are more typically practical vessels, and even automatic dallah and thermos dallah are available to the modern coffee drinker.

In its most basic form, Gulf or Arabic coffee has simple ingredients and preparation: water, lightly roasted coffee, and ground cardamom are boiled in a dallah for 10 to 20 minutes and served unfiltered in demitasse cups. Other traditional and regional recipes include saffron or other spices.

It is also called a "Baghdad boiler" or "Gulf pot."


50 Dirhams 2011

Oryx leucoryx

On right side is the national animal of UAE - Arabian oryx.

The Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx, Arabic: المها), the smallest species, became extinct in the wild in 1972 from the Arabian Peninsula. It was reintroduced in 1982 in Oman, but poaching has reduced their numbers there. One of the largest populations of Arabian oryx exists on Sir Bani Yas Island in the United Arab Emirates. Additional populations have been reintroduced in Qatar, Bahrain, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. As of 2011, the total wild population is over 1000, and 6000–7000 are being held in captivity. In 2011, the IUCN downgraded its threat category from Extinct in the Wild to Vulnerable, the first species to have changed back this way.

Oryx is a genus consisting of four large antelope species called oryxes. Three of them are native to arid parts of Africa, and the fourth to the Arabian Peninsula. Their fur is pale with contrasting dark markings in the face and on the legs, and their long horns are almost straight. The exception is the scimitar oryx, which lacks dark markings on the legs, only has faint dark markings on the head, has an ochre neck, and horns that are clearly decurved.

The Arabian oryx was only saved from extinction through a captive breeding program and reintroduction to the wild. The scimitar oryx, which is now listed as Extinct in the Wild, also relies on a captive breeding program for its survival. Small populations of several oryx species, such as the scimitar oryx, exist in Texas and New Mexico (USA) in wild game ranches. Gemsboks were released at the White Sands Missile Range and have become an invasive species of concern at the adjacent White Sands National Monument.

The term "oryx" comes from the Greek word Ὂρυξ, óryx, for a type of antelope. The Greek plural form is óryges, although oryxes has been established in English. Herodotus mentions a type of gazelle in Libya called "Orus", probably related to the verb ¨oruttoo" or "orussoo", meaning "to dig". White oryxes are known to dig holes in the sand for the sake of coolness.


Centered - The emblem of the United Arab Emirates (شعار الإمارات العربية المتحدة‎). It was officially adopted in 1973. It is similar to the coats of arms and emblems of other Arab states. It consists of a golden falcon (Hawk of Quraish). The falcon had a red disk, which shows an Arab sailboat dhow in its interior. The disk is surrounded by a chain. The falcon holds with its talons a red parchment bearing the name of the federation in Kufic script.

On March 22, 2008, the emblem was modified. The main change was that the dhow was replaced by the UAE flag and seven stars, representing the seven Emirates of the federation.

On right side is hologram window with head of Arabian Oryx and denominations, repeated in circle.

Denomination in numerals are in all corners. In center in words.


50 Dirhams 2011

Al Jahili Fort

The charming Al Jahili Fort is one of the most historic buildings. It was established in 1891 to protect the city. The Castle is located in the aljahli region, in the city of Al Ain and is considered one of the most important forts in terms of breadth of construction ,of its equipment and the urban character of the historical which meet the requirements of defense, housing and protection. It is set in beautifully redesigned gardens surrounded.

Fort Al Jahili is located in the picturesque oasis of Al Ain and is considered the most powerful defensive structure in the United Arab Emirates. By order of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa, who was the ruler of Abu Dhabi from 1855 to 1909, in 1890 the fortress of Al-Jahili was built. It was intended for the defense of the city from the attack of other tribes.

From the very beginning, Fort Al Jahili included only two buildings: a large tower and squares that were made in the style of fortifications of the third millennium BC. The whole area around the fort was planted with gardens and near it was a mosque.

The fort retained its original purpose until the very end and when British troops began to advance in Al Ain in the 1950s, it served as a military base. That is why it is considered one of the most valuable and revered heritage of the United Arab Emirates.

In 2008, the restoration of cultural heritage was carried out and open to tourists. For today in the fort you can see the exhibition gallery, as well as an exhibition dedicated to Sir Wilfred Tessager. It is not only British exploratory, but also a great photographer and writer who once crossed the largest desert in the world, Rub Al Khali. Which is also called the "Empty Quarter" of Arabia. Most of the expositions are of course dedicated to the founder of Fort Al-Jahili - the very first president, Sheikh Zayed bin Nahyan. (


On left is the saker falcon (Falco cherrug). This bird has a great emotional significance for the indigenous population.

There is an opinion, that the national bird of the United Arab Emirates is not the Saker, but its hunting hybrid with Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus). However - The first successful results of obtaining a hybrid of gyrfalcon and saker were obtained in the early 1970s in Ireland, that is, when the national bird of the UAE was already identified and there were already circulating banknotes with the image of Saker Falcon. Today - indeed, this hybrid is popular in falconry in many countries, including the OAU.

The saker falcon (Falco cherrug) is a large species of falcon. This species breeds from eastern Europe eastwards across Asia to Manchuria. It is mainly migratory except in the southernmost parts of its range, wintering in Ethiopia, the Arabian peninsula, northern Pakistan and western China.

The specific part of the scientific name, cherrug, comes from the Hindi name charg for a female saker. The common name saker comes from the (Arabic: صقر‎, translit. Ṣaqr‎) meaning "falcon".

Denomination in numerals are in three corners. Lower in words.


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